The 5 Best Female Poker Players to Ever Play the Game

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In the vast majority of traditional professional poker tournaments, look around the table and most of the players will be men. Today though, that is beginning to change as female poker players begin to crack lists of the top 10 players, as well as becoming some of the richest players in the game.

There are some impressive women making a name for themselves in the game and beating out even the best male players for some huge wins. Since 2001, poker has seen a boom in popularity and women such as Annie Duke,  Annette Liebert and Vanessa Selbst have found success in the world’s most famous game and taking home millions of dollars.

From dominating Vegas tournaments to making big money, these players are certainly making a name for themselves in the Poker circuit.

1. Best of the Best? Vanessa Selbst Takes Home Millions

female poker player - Vanessa Selbst

Selbst is a well-known name in gaming circles and is undeniably one of the best female poker players of the last 15 years. Now retired, for the past 12 years, she has consistently ranked among the top 20 richest poker players of recent times. She dominated almost every major competition from the Partouche Poker Tour where she won a record  $1.8 million to the North American Poker Tour. She also has three World Series of Poker wins under her belt between 2008 and 2014.

She has also successfully played in two World Poker Tour final tables and across her impressive career has taken in more than $11.8 million. One of her largest wins was at the PokerStars Tournament in where she won over $1.4 million in a game of high stakes, no limit hold ’em from a $25,000 bet. Even since retiring in 2018, there are few players that even come close to her impressive resume.

2. Kathy Liebert Plays in Six World Poker Tournaments

female poker player - Kathy Liebert

Kathy Liebert started her professional poker career in Colorado, playing high-limit games and becoming a regular at the World Series of Poker Tournament, making her first final table in 1997.

The highlight of her career has to be her win at the inaugural first Party Poker Million game in 2002, the first tournament with a $1 million prize. She has sat at six World Poker Tour final tables and finished third at the Borgata Poker Open in 2005. This made her the highest finishing woman on any World Poker Tour for several years.

In 2009, she faced off against Steve Brecher in the longest final table in the tour’s history. She won a gold bracelet at the 2004 World Series in a Texas hold ’em event, becoming one of three women that year to win an event in the tournament. Liebert also won that year’s Poker Royle: Battle of the Sexes, proving herself one of the world’s poker greats.

3. Annie Duke, the Duchess of Poker

female poker player - Annie Duke

Annie Duke is most commonly known as the only woman to ever win the National Heads-Up Poker Championship, although she has had many other achievements over her career. Her first move toward playing professionally came in the early 1990s when she started winning big at local tournaments. After cashing in over $70,000 she moved to Las Vegas to play professionally.

Since then she has taken on the best of the best culminating in her 2004 World Championship of Poker tournament win against a talented field that included her brother to take home the $2 million prize.

Today she has mostly retired but during her career, she won more than $4 million across many of the major tournaments and was considered to be the best female poker player of her time. She has written several instructional books on playing and winning big in the poker scene and has featured on many panels on the topic.

4. The Norwegian Poker Prodigy

female poker player - Annette Obrestad

Annette Obrestad began her career at the age of 15, playing in online tournaments before entering the public eye in 2007 when she won the inaugural World Series of Poker Europe championship, taking home more than $2 million.  In 2007, Obrestad competed in a $4 buy-in online game, where played almost the entire tournament without looking at her cards to prove the importance of a steely nerve and paying attention to opponents.

Although young, she has continuously proven that her skills are not to be taken lightly. She followed her big win with several further main event final tables on European Poker Tours including the 2010 Aussie Million, which saw her walk away with yet another title win. Obrestad is currently the youngest person ever to win a World Series of Poker Bracelet.

5. Liv Boeree-The Iron Maiden

No list of the best female poker players would be complete without Boeree. She received her initial coaching on a TV reality show and has since played in tournaments around Europe, America and Australia.

She has a number of impressive wins under her belt, including a $1.7 million win at the Sanremo International Poker Tournament followed by cash wins in the World Series of Poker Championships in Las Vegas and Cannes.

In total, she has 12 World Series cash wins including two top 20 finishes. She is still very active in the poker scene, recently ranking in 10th place at the 2017 PokerStars High Roller Event.

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