List of World Series of Poker ladies champions

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Susie Isaacs is one of only two women to win the Ladies Championship in back to back years.

The World Series of Poker (WSOP), held annually in Las Vegas, is "the oldest, largest, most prestigious, and most media-hyped gaming competition in the world".[1] The WSOP bracelet is considered the most coveted non-monetary prize a poker player can win.[2] Since 1976, a bracelet has been awarded to the winner of every event at the annual WSOP, but titles won before 1976 are still counted as "bracelets".

The first WSOP was not a freeze out tournament, but rather an event with a set start and stop time and the winner determined by secret ballot.[3] In 1973, a second event, five-card stud, was added. Over the years, most of the major poker variants have been played at least once. In 1977, the first Ladies only event was introduced in the form of $100 buy-in Stud Poker Tournament. Jackie McDaniels won that event to become the first Ladies Champion. She won one of the smallest prizes ($5,580) in WSOP history. By 2007, the popularity of the Ladies Event had grown to the point that it became the first Ladies-only event to have a prize pool greater than $1,000,000. The Ladies played Seven Card Stud for the event's first two decades, but have been playing Texas hold 'em since 2001.[4]

Since its inception, three players have won multiple Ladies Championships: Barbara Enright, Susie Isaacs, and Nani Dollison. Dollison and Isaacs won the event in consecutive years. Between 1991 and 1997, Isaacs set an event record by qualifying for a cash prize, known as finishing in-the-money, five times.[4] The 1983 Ladies World Poker Championship was the first time that a person "of color", Carolyn Gardner, won a WSOP bracelet.[4]

Traditionally, the Ladies event was the only event held on Mother Day. Due to complaints from mothers, the event was moved to a different day in 2004.[4] Potential conflicts with Mother's Day no longer exist as the WSOP's new owner, Harrah's Casino, moved the event from late spring to the late summer.[4]

The WSOP started offering a "WSOP Academy Ladies Only Poker Camp" in 2007. This week long event is held at Caesars Palace and is designed to equip women with the tools to compete at the World Series of Poker. It is held the week leading up to the Ladies Championship. Every year since its inception, a participant from the camp has made it to the final table. In 2007, Ladies Champion Sally Anne Boyer participated in the camp.[5] Patty Till, a 2008 attendee, finished in third place at the 2008 Ladies Championship.[6]

Key[edit]

Jennifer Tilly, Academy Award nominee, won the 2005 Ladies Championship.
* Elected to the Poker Hall of Fame
Denotes player who is still playing high stakes tournament poker
Event The buy-in and poker variant played
Year The year of the tournament
Winner The person who won the Ladies Championship Event
Prize (US$) The amount of money they won for winning the Ladies Event that year
Winnings Lifetime winnings in WSOP and WSOP Circuit events
Bracelets WSOP victories are counted in terms of bracelets, this column represents the total number of bracelets the player won.
Ref. References

WSOP Ladies Championship Events[edit]

Event Year[b] Winner Prize (US$) Winnings Bracelets Ref.
$100 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1977 McDaniels, JackieJackie McDaniels $5,580 $5,580 1 [7]
$200 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1978 King, TerryTerry King $10,080 $20,167 1 [8]
$400 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1979 Freer, BarbaraBarbara Freer $12,720 $39,775 1 [9]
$400 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1980 Callihan, DebyDeby Callihan $14,880 $14,880 1 [10]
$400 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1981 Godfrey, RuthRuth Godfrey $17,600 $19,150 1 [11]
$500 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1982 Field, JuneJune Field $16,000 $16,000 1 [12]
$500 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1983 Gardner, CarolynCarolyn Gardner $16,000 $61,701 1 [13]
$500 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1984 Wolfson, KarenKaren Wolfson $15,000 $62,560 1 [14]
$500 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1985 Pifer, RoseRose Pifer $18,500 $18,500 1 [15]
$500 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1986 Enright, BarbaraBarbara Enright*✩ $16,400 $390,273 3 [16]
$500 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1987 Ryke-Drucker, LindaLinda Ryke-Drucker $16,800 $58,212 1 [17]
$500 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1988 Huber, LorettaLoretta Huber $17,000 $17,000 1 [18]
$500 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1989 McClelland, AlmaAlma McClelland $18,600 $63,960 1 [19]
$500 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1990 Gabert, MarieMarie Gabert $22,000 $39,620 1 [20]
$500 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1991 Ward, DonnaDonna Ward $28,200 $28,200 1 [21]
$1,000 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1992 Flanzer, ShariShari Flanzer $38,000 $38,000 1 [22]
$1,000 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1993 Kessler, PhyllisPhyllis Kessler $32,800 $90,515 1 [23]
$1,000 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1994 Enright, BarbaraBarbara Enright*✩ $38,400 $390,273 3 [16]
$1,000 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1995 Brodie, StarlaStarla Brodie $35,200 $90,515 2 [24]
$1,000 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1996 Isaacs, SusieSusie Isaacs $42,000 $184,272 2 [25]
$1,000 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1997 Isaacs, SusieSusie Isaacs $38,000 $184,272 2 [25]
$1,000 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1998 Commanda, MendyMendy Commanda $40,000 $40,000 1 [26]
$1,000 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1999 Pie, ChristinaChristina Pie $34,000 $35,820 1 [27]
$1,000 1/2 Limit Hold'em,
1/2 Seven Card Stud Ladies' Championship
2000 Dollison, NaniNani Dollison $53,200 $622,904 3 [28]
$1,000 Ladies' Championship 2001 Dollison, NaniNani Dollison $41,130 $622,904 3 [28]
$1,000 Ladies' Championship 2002 Catherine Brown $39,880 $68,230 1 [29]
$1,000 Ladies' 1/2 Hold'em, 1/2 Stud 2003 Rugolo, BarbBarb Rugolo $40,700 $40,700 1 [30]
$1,000 Ladies Limit Hold 'Em 2004 Doan, HungHung Doan $58,530 $65,515 1 [31]
$1,000 Ladies' No Limit Hold'em 2005 Tilly, JenniferJennifer Tilly[a] $158,335 $212,973 1 [32]
$1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em 2006 Meyer, Mary JonesMary Jones Meyer $236,094 $236,094 1 [33]
$1,000 World Championship Ladies No Limit Hold'em 2007 Boyer, SallySally Boyer $262,077 $262,077 1 [34]
$1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em World Championship 2008[c] Gromenkova, SvetlanaSvetlana Gromenkova $224,702 $240,830 1 [35]
$1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em World Championship 2009 Hamilton, LisaLisa Hamilton $195,390 $195,390 1 [36]
$1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em World Championship 2010 Hellebuyck, VanessaVanessa Hellebuyck $192,132 $192,132 1 [37]
$1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em World Championship 2011 Wolak, MarshaMarsha Wolak $192,344 $192,344 1
$1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em World Championship 2012 Dang, YenYen Dang $170,587 $170,587 1
[d]$10,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em World Championship 2013 Bickell, KristenKristen Bickell $173,922 $173,922 1

Notes[edit]

a 2005 Ladies Champion Jennifer Tilly was the first non-poker celebrity to win a WSOP bracelet. Tilly had been nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Bullets over Broadway.[38]

b Each year is linked to an article about the WSOP World Series for that year.

c On June 10, three events awarded bracelets, including the Ladies event. This was the first time in WSOP history that three people living in the same city, New York, won bracelets on the same day.[6] It was also the first time that a new "excessive celebration" penalty was implemented to minimize disruption from exuberant players.[6]

d In 2013 the entry fee was officially changed to $10,000 with a $9,000 "discount" for ladies. This was done to close a legal loophole used by men to enter the ladies event in several prior years.

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