Men Beware: Women’s Poker is Coming to Town

Look out boys! There’s a new force that has broken into the poker world and her name is Lauren Failla, founder of High Heels Poker Tour, Inc. Failla, who developed a love for poker during her college years, recently decided to creat the High Heels Poker Tour with the intention of establishing a link for women who want to change the very face of the poker industry.

Women have been gradually making their mark in huge ways in poker. Women from all over the world are showing up at the biggest live tournaments available and nowadays at nearly every final table there is at least one female face challenging the idea that cards are men. Thanks to the High Heels Poker Tour and its companion website there is now a concrete organization that is working to galvanize the games’ women.

The website currently features a club where a $30 annual fee secures a membership and brings news of upcoming events, hotel discounts, giveaways, eligibility for free seat drawings, specials, and various perks offered throughout the High Heels tour such as private receptions and hospitality rooms.

Their mission statement explains beyond all doubt what their goals are, “Our Mission at the HHPT is to empower women who want to become champions in the growing world of poker. The HHPT wants to provide the best competitive environment where women can explore, develop, and continue growing and learning top strategies and their “A” game. Opportunities and Recognition are what the HHPT is all about.”

Based in Florida, the High Heels Poker Tour has already rapidly expanded across the gulf and parts of the east coast. They have now become affiliated with the WSOP Academy and because of this HHPT members will have the opportunity to win their way to the “Ladies Only” poker camp January 25-26 at the famous Las Vegas Caesars Palace.

In an effort to make entry into the WSOP 2008 more accessible, several poker rooms are beginning to host satellite tournaments so that some of these women will have a chance to advance to the main event taking place this march at a fraction of the price. This year the main event will be held at the Seminole Casino in Hollywood, Florida on March 1st with a onetime buy-in of $450. $125 satellites will be available at these Florida locations: Seminole Casino Hollywood, Seminole Casino Brighton, The Isle Casino and Racing at Pompano Park, Miami Jai-Alai, Flagler Magic City Poker Room, Club 52 Melbourne Greyhound Dog Track, Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Dog Track, and Daytona Greyhound Dog Track.

Considering the utmost dedication and enthusiasm that Lauren Failla is said to exhibit, as well as the already rapidly expanding nature of this project, it seems that the poker world will be hearing a lot more from the High Heels Poker Tour. Male poker players will have to beware because with programs like these which cultivate female players and get them into more live play, the more women we will be seeing at the poker tables; and we all know that playing a woman heads-up is infinitely more intimidating than playing a man because they actually understand how a man’s mind works.

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