The lack of success amongst female poker players in recent series of the WSOP is so outstanding that it now forms part of the official match reports. Each official report concludes with a statistics section, which highlights the streak of consecutive male bracelets (currently 196 and counting) since Vanessa Selbst last won an “open” tournament bracelet for the women back in 2008.
This year, two female players have come close to addressing this issue – Maria Ho, who finished second in the $5,000 buy-in No Limit Hold´em (Event 4) and Kim Nguyen who also finished a runner up in the $1,500 buy-in Six Handed Limit Hold´em (Event 19 – won by UK poker player Darren Woods) – but statistically they should be doing much better.
Admittedly there are far more male poker players than there are women, but with 55 “open” events scheduled in the 2011 WSOP, it would only take a 2% success rate for a woman to collect a bracelet. To date (according to a recent WSOP press release) women have accounted for 4.6% of the entries to all events and should, by rights, have collected at least one piece of jewellery.
Last year, WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart predicted that it was going to be “Year of the Woman”, and boldly suggested that women would win bracelets in three open events. Mike “The Mouth” Matusow retorted that if this were to happen, he would run down the Las Vegas strip naked. This year, the streak goes on (male WSOP victors – not Matusow´s) as the women wear the earrings while the men gather the bracelets.
Where is the next wonder-woman performance going to come from?