Women Hope to Revive Ladies Week in Las Vegas
Women in poker have been marginalized throughout the history of poker. Even as women began to play in greater numbers in the past two decades, they’ve continued to face numerous types of discrimination. In light of that, many female players connect with ladies-only tournaments in order to share experiences and feel more comfortable in the games.
During the poker boom, mostly during the latter years, the poker industry recognized the need to welcome more women to the game. PokerStars launched the PokerStars Women initiative with tournaments, leaderboards, and events for their female players. And women took it upon themselves to start a women’s section, called “That’s What She Said”, on the famous Two Plus Two forums. This created- a place for female players and fans to discuss the game without fear of sexist and misogynistic comments. However, within the last year or so, those kinds of programs faded.
While many women continue to play in live cash games and tournaments around the world, the lack of initiatives to welcome and embrace female players has slowed any progress that was made in beginning to equalize the game. But there was always Ladies Week, an unofficial but very popular week during the summer when women gathered in Las Vegas to play in a plethora of ladies-only tournaments and share their love of poker.
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