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
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 Jackie McDaniels $5,580 $5,580 1 [7]
$200 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1978 Terry King $10,080 $20,167 1 [8]
$400 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1979 Barbara Freer $12,720 $39,775 1 [9]
$400 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1980 Deby Callihan $14,880 $14,880 1 [10]
$400 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1981 Ruth Godfrey $17,600 $19,150 1 [11]
$500 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1982 June Field $16,000 $16,000 1 [12]
$500 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1983 Carolyn Gardner $16,000 $61,701 1 [13]
$500 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1984 Karen Wolfson $15,000 $62,560 1 [14]
$500 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1985 Rose Pifer $18,500 $18,500 1 [15]
$500 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1986 Barbara Enright* $16,400 $390,273 3 [16]
$500 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1987 Linda Ryke-Drucker $16,800 $58,212 1 [17]
$500 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1988 Loretta Huber $17,000 $17,000 1 [18]
$500 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1989 Alma McClelland $18,600 $63,960 1 [19]
$500 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1990 Marie Gabert $22,000 $39,620 1 [20]
$500 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1991 Donna Ward $28,200 $28,200 1 [21]
$1,000 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1992 Shari Flanzer $38,000 $38,000 1 [22]
$1,000 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1993 Phyllis Kessler $32,800 $90,515 1 [23]
$1,000 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1994 Barbara Enright* $38,400 $390,273 3 [16]
$1,000 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1995 Starla Brodie $35,200 $90,515 2 [24]
$1,000 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1996 Susie Isaacs $42,000 $184,272 2 [25]
$1,000 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1997 Susie Isaacs $38,000 $184,272 2 [25]
$1,000 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1998 Mandy Commanda $40,000 $40,000 1 [26]
$1,000 Ladies' Seven Card Stud 1999 Christina Pie $34,000 $35,820 1 [27]
$1,000 1/2 Limit Hold'em,
1/2 Seven Card Stud Ladies' Championship
2000 Nani Dollison $53,200 $622,904 3 [28]
$1,000 Ladies' Championship 2001 Nani 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 Barb Rugolo $40,700 $40,700 1 [30]
$1,000 Ladies Limit Hold 'Em 2004 Hung Doan $58,530 $65,515 1 [31]
$1,000 Ladies' No Limit Hold'em 2005 Jennifer Tilly[a] $158,335 $212,973 1 [32]
$1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em 2006 Mary Jones Meyer $236,094 $236,094 1 [33]
$1,000 World Championship Ladies No Limit Hold'em 2007 Sally Boyer $262,077 $262,077 1 [34]
$1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em World Championship 2008[c] Svetlana Gromenkova $224,702 $240,830 1 [35]
$1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em World Championship 2009 Lisa Hamilton $195,390 $195,390 1 [36]
$1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em World Championship 2010 Vanessa Hellebuyck $192,132 $192,132 1 [37]
$1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em World Championship 2011 Marsha Wolak $192,344 $192,344 1
$1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em World Championship 2012 Yen Dang $170,587 $170,587 1
$10,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em Championship[d] 2013 Kristen Bicknell $173,922 $173,922 1
$10,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em Championship 2014 Haixia Zhang $153,470 $153,470 1
$10,000/$1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em Championship 2015 Jacquelyn Scott $153,876 $153,876 1
$10,000/$1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em Championship 2016 Courtney Kennedy $149,108 $149,108 1
$10,000/$1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em Championship 2017 Heidi May $135,098 $135,098 1
$10,000/$1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em Championship 2018 Jessica Dawley $130,230 $130,230 1
$10,000/$1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em Championship 2019 Jiyoung Kim $167,308 $167,308 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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