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At last year’s summer camp, primarily focusing on the 2022 World Series of Poker and women-only tournaments in Las Vegas during “Ladies Week,” the participation of women felt substantial. People in poker were gifting seats into the WSOP Ladies Championship and some open WSOP events. When awaiting numbers from events that provided them, many of us who follow these trends expected an uptick in female participation across the board.
It did not happen.
This year, the final numbers remain to be seen. But there are positive signs.
Prior to 2023, the record for the WSOP Ladies Championship was 1,286 players in 2007. There were no reentries then, so that was the exact number of women who played the $1K buy-in event.
The number fell slowly over the years. Black Friday played a role, as did the introduction of reentries. Participation dipped below 1,000 in 2012 and dipped to a low of 696 in 2018, a low not seen since prior to the poker boom. A substantial rebound began in 2019, however, pushing the number of entries to 968. The pandemic then prompted a drop to 644 in 2021, but a post-pandemic boom skyrocketed participation in 2022 to 1,074 entries.
This year, the numbers rose again. The final tally of 1,295 entries set a new all-time record and showed a 21% increase from 2022. While there is no official breakdown of the number of unique players versus reentries this year (or in any year), the overall number is positive.
The best way to gauge the success of women at the 2023 World Series of Poker is by the WSOP’s own statistics. Even that is difficult, however, when the WSOP misgenders players. Early weeks showed Harley Brooks as the only woman with a bracelet this year, but Brooks is a male player. They fixed that error, but the latest statistics show Loren Cloninger in the top 10 women by earnings…and Cloninger is a male player as well.
The rest of the listings appear to be correct.
It is no surprise that Kristen Foxen tops the women’s earnings list for the 2023 WSOP. She has accumulated six cashes thus far, most in larger buy-in tournaments:
These cashes put her lifetime earnings at $6,478,087. While she still trails Kathy Liebert ($6,845,729) and Vanessa Selbst ($11,906,247), Foxen has been a consistent winner for many years. She is currently leading the Global Poker Index 2023 Player of the Year race by a wide margin, on her way to possibly winning the award for a fourth time. She held the title from 2017 through 2019.
Nice run by @krissyb24poker in the WSOP $5k NLH/PLO Mixed Tournament. She finished 7th out of 568 players for a nice pocket filler of $69,683. Job well done, Congratulations! @WPAGlobal @mjbloech @flip_ladies📸Poker News pic.twitter.com/hWcpuOIDL7— Sherry Pluskota aka Peaches (@SherryPluskota) June 3, 2023
Nice run by @krissyb24poker in the WSOP $5k NLH/PLO Mixed Tournament. She finished 7th out of 568 players for a nice pocket filler of $69,683. Job well done, Congratulations! @WPAGlobal @mjbloech @flip_ladies
📸Poker News pic.twitter.com/hWcpuOIDL7
— Sherry Pluskota aka Peaches (@SherryPluskota) June 3, 2023
With the exception of the man listed in the top 10 of women’s earnings, the list is as follows through the first 75 events of the 2023 WSOP:
*The third player on the list, Angelina Rich, is shown in the WSOP list as representing the USA, but she is an Australian player.
*The eighth player, JJ Liu, is shown in this list with a United States flag, but the Hendon Mob database shows her representing Taiwan.
*The fifth player on the above list is shown as Jennifer Abad on the PokerNews results and Jennifer Craddock in the Hendon Mob database.
These people found an overnight t-shirt printing shop to get these shirts for Jennifer Abad in the Mini Main Event, currently 4-handed. pic.twitter.com/rgQ6HGiMu1— Kevin Mathers (@Kevmath) July 4, 2023
These people found an overnight t-shirt printing shop to get these shirts for Jennifer Abad in the Mini Main Event, currently 4-handed. pic.twitter.com/rgQ6HGiMu1
— Kevin Mathers (@Kevmath) July 4, 2023
Another way that the WSOP sorts players is by cashes during the 2023 WSOP. This includes live and online tournaments that occur during the summer series.
Loni Harwood, also known by Loni Hui since she married several years ago, sits atop that list through 75 events with 10 cashes. Her first cash was in Event 3 and her top finish thus far was at the final table of the $1,500 PLO-8 (Event 66) tournament, where she finished sixth for $44,391.
The list of top cashers thus far is:
From that point, the following players are listed with six cashes each:
*There may be more players with six cashes, but the WSOP website only lists the top 10.
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