This year for the first time in history, the wonderful poker playing public are able to submit nominations for the Women in Poker Hall of Fame Class of 2010. I shall try and not dwell on the question as to why it took so long for the poker playing community to recognize its female counterparts, especially when they (well, we) lose just as much hard earned cash at the poker tables than any other person does. However, we don’t want it to sound too much like feminism and more about spreading the credit.
The induction process is due to take place in Las Vegas over the Labour Day weekend. All nominations were being accepted until the 30th April and so pretty soon the winners will be announced. So what do they consider of an inductee into the Women In Poker Hall of Fame? You really need to have been active in poker circles for at least 15 years and therefore added to the global poker community in some sort of way. According to press releases, this means either winning major poker tournaments or by making significant contributions to the industry.
Well, as any women who has spent the past 15 years of their life playing the sport, has every right to say they have made a significant contribution! Take my bank statements over the past 15 years! I, as a woman, also played poker once, lost significantly and so that was my significant contribution to someone else’s pocket. Despite this very critical idea of the situation, you have to remember at the end of the day this endeavour is highly admirable. It is fantastic that people are stepping forward and recognizing that women can also play a highly-skilled game of chance while conniving and bluffing their way to the top and that they deserve the same amount of recognition as men do.
And so, in conclusion, women in poker have the induction ceremony to look forward to and if their luck wasn’t coming through on the poker table, perhaps their sacrifices will be recognized at the official Women In Poker Hall of Fame induction ceremony.