Top 10 Women in Poker
I figured that I would make a top 10 female list as well, but containing the top 10 women that can actually play poker as opposed to the top 10 that guys wish they could play with. (Stats pulled from Hendon Mob.)
#10 - Barbara Enright - $1.344 Million
I personally know Barbara and can tell you she is one of the classiest ladies you will ever play with at the tables. If you play against her in Stud, you might as well just give her your cash and walk out of the door. She also is the first woman to ever win a WSOP bracelet in an open event when she took down the $2,500 Pot Limit Holdem event in 1996. She has three bracelets total. If that wasn't enough, Enright is the only woman to make the WSOP Main Event final table in Las Vegas. She finished fifth in 1995. Oh yeah, there is also this little boys club called the Poker Hall of Fame. She's a member of that as well.
#9 - Sandra Naujoks - $1.593 Million
Naujoks took the EPT German Open Main Event last March to catapult her up the all-time female money list. That $1.1 Million win coupled with other strong finishes has put the poker world on notice about this up and coming pro.
#8 - Mimi Tran - $1.635 Million
This former pupil of Barry Greenstein has come a long way from her $3-$6 Limit Holdem days. She is most noted for making the final table of the World Poker Finals in 2006. She also bubbled the final table of the Bellagio Cup Main Event in 2009.
#7 - Clonie Gowen - $1.639 Million
Gowen came to prominence in 2003 when she took down the WPT Ladies Night event. Although she had several strong finishes over the years, it wasn't until 2008 that she would put together a really strong year. She won three events, including the World Poker Open in Tunica, MS to give herself a nearly $1 Million year.
#6 - JJ Liu - $2.17 Million
Liu has been a dominating player over the years. Her biggest score was at the Bay 101 WPT Event in 2007. She took 2nd for over $600,000. She also holds a Ladies Night WPT title, taking the event down in 2006.
#5. Jennifer Harman - $2.37 Million
Harman is the only woman in WSOP history to have multiple bracelets in open events. She took her first bracelet in 2000 for the $5,000 2-7 Lowball Event and then in 2002 for the $5,000 Limit Holdem event. Nani Dollison and Barbara Enright both have three bracelets, but they won two of theirs in women's only events. Harman is considered by many to be one of the best all-around female poker players in the world.
#4. Vanessa Rousso - $2.413 Million
Rousso made headlines in 2006 when she bubbled the final table of the WPT World Championship. A few months later she won a $5,000 preliminary at the Borgata Poker Open. 2009 was considered Rousso's breakout year. She finished 2nd at the NBC National Heads-Up Championships and then two months later took down the European High Roller Championship at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo.
#3. Annette Obrestad - $3,046 Million
Most everyone know the story here. Online prodigy goes to the first ever WSOP Europe and becomes youngest bracelet winner ever at the age of 18. She then turned around the following month and finished 2nd at the EPT Dublin Main Event. She just turned 21, so this will be the first year she can play in Vegas. Who knows how much she will make by age 30.
#2 . Annie Duke - $3.69 Million
2004 remains Duke's best year. She won her first bracelet in Omaha Hi-Lo and then took down the Tournament of Champions for $2 Million. Everyone is aware of her appearance on Celebrity Apprentice so we won't go down that road. Duke is always competitive at the WSOP and seems to be at a final table each year.
#1. Kathy Liebert - $5.68 Million
By far the most successful female tournament player in history, Kathy Liebert laps Duke by almost $2 Million in tournament earnings. She has numerous six figure paydays with her best being her 2nd place finish at the 2009 WPT Bay 101 event. She earned $550,000 for that event. She has seven WPT final table appearances to her credit, easily making her the most successful female player in WPT history. She holds one WSOP bracelet, winning the $1,500 Limit Holdem Shootout in 2004. She ranks 39th overall currently on the all-time money list.