The Women in Poker Hall fo Fame — 2012 Official Induction Ceremony was held earier tonight on Friday, August 31st. The gala took place at the Golden Nugget in Downtown Las Vegas.
This marked the fifth annual induction ceremony. The inaugural took place back in 2008. I’ve had the great pleasure of attending all five years.
The Women in Poker Hall of Fame is vitally important to the game for several reasons. First and foremost, it honors the tremendous accomplishements and contributions of many fine women who have given of themselves to the game and to the poker industry. The Women in Poker Hall of Fame also serves to unite all poker players and enthusiasts — both male and female — who share a bona fide commitment to encourage more women to play and enjoy the game. Finally, the Women in Poker Hall of Fame and its Board Members are actively engaged with several extraordinary charties, mostly notably Poker Gives.
Before I tell you a little more about how tonight’s ceremony went, first I’d like to add some perspective to the women in poker movement. Calling women in poker a “movement” might seem out of place. But it isn’t. For many years, poker was one of the last bastians of overt chauvinism. Treating women crudely wasn’t just accepted, in was sport (anyone who doubts this should talk to the few women who were around in the 1970s and 1980s, who broke the gender barrier).
Alas, it might be impossible to imagine such a time when women weren’t welcome inside poker rooms. But there was such a time, and it wasn’t that long ago. Unless a female was considered attractive and worked as a poker dealer or a cocktail waitress, women were made to feel unwelcome at the poker table. Poker was a man’s game.
But a few women, a few very brave women, shattered the invisible barrier that surrounded the poker scene.Read More