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.
Jennifer Tilly, Academy Award nominee, won the 2005 Ladies Championship.

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]

WSOP Ladies Championship events[edit]

Elected to the Poker Hall of Fame.
Prize (US$) The amount of money won for winning the Ladies Event that year.
Bracelet # The bracelet number from the total number of bracelets won during their career.
Year Event name Entrants Winner Prize (US$) Bracelet # Runner-up References
1977 $100 Ladies' Limit Seven Card Stud 93 United States Jackie McDaniels $5,580 1 unknown [7]
1978 $200 Ladies' Limit Seven Card Stud 84 United States Terry King $10,080 1 unknown [8]
1979 $400 Ladies' Limit Seven Card Stud 53 United States Barbara Freer $12,720 1 United States Pat Sovoia [9]
1980 $400 Ladies' Limit Seven Card Stud 62 United States Deby Callihan $14,880 1 United States Linda Davis [10]
1981 $400 Ladies' Limit Seven Card Stud 88 United States Ruth Godfrey $17,600 1 United States Jackie Jean [11]
1982 $500 Ladies' Limit Seven Card Stud 64 United States June Field $16,000 1 United States Jackie Jean [12]
1983 $500 Ladies' Limit Seven Card Stud 64 United States Carolyn Gardner $16,000 1 United States Kim Bye [13]
1984 $500 Ladies' Limit Seven Card Stud 62 United States Karen Wolfson $15,000 1 Australia Marsha Waggoner [14]
1985 $500 Ladies' Limit Seven Card Stud 74 United States Rose Pifer $18,500 1 United States Kathy Hudson [15]
1986 $500 Ladies' Limit Seven Card Stud 82 United States Barbara Enright $16,400 1 (of 3) United States Betty Carey [16]
1987 $500 Ladies' Limit Seven Card Stud 84 United States Linda Ryke-Drucker $16,800 1 United States Barbara Putterman [17]
1988 $500 Ladies' Limit Seven Card Stud 85 United States Loretta Huber $17,000 1 United States Ester Rossi [18]
1989 $500 Ladies' Limit Seven Card Stud 93 United States Alma McClelland $18,600 1 United States Adrienne Zoia [19]
1990 $500 Ladies' Limit Seven Card Stud 110 United States Marie Gabert $22,000 1 United Kingdom Jenny Kaye [20]
1991 $500 Ladies' Limit Seven Card Stud 141 United States Donna Ward $28,200 1 United States Toni Brown [21]
1992 $1,000 Ladies' Limit Seven Card Stud 155 United States Shari Flanzer $38,000 1 United States Kim Alford [22]
1993 $1,000 Ladies' Limit Seven Card Stud 82 United States Phyllis Kessler $32,800 1 United States Becki Vincent [23]
1994 $1,000 Ladies' Limit Seven Card Stud 96 United States Barbara Enright (2) $38,400 2 (of 3) United States Natalie Ryke [16]
1995 $1,000 Ladies' Limit Seven Card Stud 88 United States Starla Brodie $35,200 2 (of 2) United States Karen Wolfson [24]
1996 $1,000 Ladies' Limit Seven Card Stud 105 United States Susie Isaacs $42,000 1 (of 2) United States Nikki Harris [25]
1997 $1,000 Ladies' Limit Seven Card Stud 95 United States Susie Isaacs (2) $38,000 2 (of 2) United States Karen Wolfson [25]
1998 $1,000 Ladies' Limit Seven Card Stud 100 Canada Mandy Commanda $40,000 1 United States Jerri Thomas [26]
1999 $1,000 Ladies' Limit Seven Card Stud 85 Australia Christina Pie $34,000 1 United States LaVonne Joyce [27]
2000 $1,000 Ladies' Limit Hold'em/Seven Card Stud 133 South Korea Nani Dollison $53,200 1 (of 3) United States Martine Oules [28]
2001 $1,000 Ladies' Limit Hold'em/Seven Card Stud 106 South Korea Nani Dollison (2) $41,130 3 (of 3) United States Patty Gallagher [28]
2002 $1,000 Ladies' Limit Hold'em/Seven Card Stud 107 United States Catherine Brown $39,880 1 United States Marie Sohn [29]
2003 $1,000 Ladies' Limit Hold'em/Seven Card Stud 112 United States Barb Rugolo $40,700 1 Taiwan J. J. Liu [30]
2004 $1,000 Ladies' Limit Hold'em 201 United States Hung Doan $58,530 1 United States Millie Shiu [31]
2005 $1,000 Ladies' No Limit Hold'em 601 United States Jennifer Tilly[a] $158,335 1 United States Anh Le [32]
2006 $1,000 Ladies' No Limit Hold'em 1,128 United States Mary Jones Meyer $236,094 1 United States Shawnee Barton [33]
2007 $1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em Championship 1,286 United States Sally Boyer $262,077 1 United States Anne Heft [34]
2008[b] $1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em Championship 1,190 United States Svetlana Gromenkova $224,702 1 United States Anh Le [35]
2009 $1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em Championship 1,060 United States Lisa Hamilton $195,390 1 United States Lori Bender [36]
2010 $1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em Championship 1,054 France Vanessa Hellebuyck $192,132 1 Denmark Sidsel Boesen [37]
2011 $1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em Championship 1,055 United States Marsha Wolak $192,344 1 United States Karina Jett
2012 $1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em Championship 936 United States Yen Dang $170,587 1 United States Debbie Pechac
2013 $10,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em Championship[c] 954 Canada Kristen Bicknell $173,922 1 (of 3) Australia Leanne Haas
2014 $10,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em Championship[c] 793 United States Haixia Zhang $153,470 1 United States Mikiyo Aoki
2015 $10,000/$1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em Championship[c] 795 United States Jacquelyn Scott $153,876 1 United States Hope Williams
2016 $10,000/$1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em Championship[c] 819 United States Courtney Kennedy $149,108 1 United States Amanda Baker
2017 $10,000/$1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em Championship[c] 718 Australia Heidi May $135,098 1 United Kingdom Deborah Worley-Roberts
2018 $10,000/$1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em Championship[c] 696 United States Jessica Dawley $130,230 1 United States Jill Pike
2019 $10,000/$1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em Championship[c] 968 South Korea Jiyoung Kim $167,308 1 United States Nancy Matson
2020 not held
2021 $10,000/$1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em Championship[c] 644 United States Lara Eisenberg $115,694 1 United States Debora Brooke
2022 $10,000/$1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em Championship[c] 1,074 Austria Jessica Teusl $166,975 1 United States Julie Le

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 On 10 June 2008, 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]

c From 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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