Each year, there’s something always happening in the world of poker. There’s always plenty of tournaments taking place, people exchanging cards around a live poker table and even people queuing into online poker rooms. Famous poker events always promote these happenings, encompassing the tournaments that attract many people from around the world.
There’s a certain turnout, however, that a lot of people overlook. Sometimes, they usually underestimate that turnout. This turnout happens to feature talented amateurs and professionals who play—and are also women.
Women who play poker
A lot of players joining the world of poker each year are now women. They’re perhaps the fastest growing contingent of players today—in many hobbies too, not just amounting to card games.
In the past, women in poker were more likely to have trouble joining poker games, thanks to the male-dominant atmosphere of live poker games and tournaments. Women who joined would not only have to have great playing skills, but a tough spirit to endure the scrutiny and pressure at these events.
With the advent of online poker, however, women now have more safe spaces to play the game. Online poker rooms allow them to play with other players from the comforts of their own home. Online poker rooms even give them the chance to interact with other women players who have similar playing ambitions as they do. That doesn’t mean, however, they aren’t playing offline too.
More women are attending live poker rooms each year too. It’s so prevalent that many poker organizations, like PokerStars, are hosting poker tournaments dedicated entirely to women players. Many women start playing in smaller scale buy-in tournaments to start honing their newly turned professional careers.
Even if a woman doesn’t want to participate in money games, there’s still games available to allow them to ‘hone’ their poker skills, so they become that much more confident when playing against other players.
The importance of women playing poker today
Many women who are playing poker today, however, feel women should have the right to participate in any poker tournament. The typical male-dominant atmosphere of live poker games is a contributor to this fact, turning away more women from live games than most assume. Although there’s still discrepancies deterring women, the number of women participating in ‘regular’ live games is steadily increasing.
Male players make up at least 95 percent of poker players today. The large discrepancy between male and female players doesn’t mean that there are no women playing. The 5 percent of women players out in live tournaments are merely claiming their right to play there. Some people, however, have an issue with the discrepancies.
With the large number of men playing the game, it’s natural that most players who make the final table are men. They’re also claiming the prizes at these tables, most becoming the sole winner of these events. Since there’s a smaller amount of women playing nowadays, the number of winners is naturally small. That fact, however, is slowly changing.
More women are winning their events, whether online or offline. They’re also claiming their right to participate in these events, outlasting even the most skilled male players. Women are, simply put, becoming more confident in the world of poker.
The discrepancies already existing there shouldn’t deter them from playing any longer. Once most prospective women players understand that they can get into the game, the sport will be that much better for women in general.