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Women to Watch at the WSOP

23 April 2010, By:

This year, women have been taking the poker world by storm.  Annie Duke won the National Heads-Up Championship.  Vanessa Selbst won the NAPT at Mohegan Sun, and now Liv Boree has won the EPT San Remo.

This has been called the "Year of the Woman" by many and there is a good chance that we will see some strong showing by women at the WSOP.  Let's take a look at a few women to watch for at the WSOP.

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Annie Duke

Annie has always been competitive at the WSOP.  She already has one bracelet in Omaha Hi-Lo and won the inaugural WSOP Tournament of Champions.  She has numerous final tables and with the momentum from the NBC National Heads-Up Championship, she may be poised for her 2nd bracelet.

Kathy Liebert


The women's all-time money leader is always a threat to go deep in any tournament she enters.  While her 2010 campaign may have started a little slow, Liebert always seems to find a way to cash multiple times at the WSOP.  She looks to add to her $5.7 Million in tournament winnings and win her 2nd bracelet.

Jennifer Harman

Jennifer is not as big of a player on the tournament circuit since having kids, but when she does play, she is always a threat.  While she hasn't taken a bracelet since 2002, she has had several final tables, including finishing runner-up in the H.O.R.S.E. event at the 2008 WSOP Europe.   If she can stay focused, she may be able to take down her 3rd WSOP bracelet.

Vanessa Rousso


The 2009 National Heads-Up Champion had a solid 2009 WSOP, but not quite what some had predicted.  She won $1.3 Million in tournaments last year and has over $151,000 so far this year.  Also, Rousso showed last year that she can play more than just NL Holdem.  This might be the year she breaks through for her first bracelet.

Vanessa Selbst


With her NAPT win squarely under her belt and only two years removed from her last bracelet, Vanessa Selbst is poised to have a solid performance.  Selbst quit playing full time on the circuit to go to law school, but she proved she still has plenty of game.

Annette Obrestad


This year will be the first year that the 2007 WSOP Europe Champion will be eligible to play the WSOP in Vegas.  She already has had strong showings at the Aussie Millions in January and many look for her to have a stellar WSOP.  Nobody knows how many events she will play, but figure her to be a new force at the tables this summer.

The World Series of Poker 2010 could prove to be the year of the woman.  Ty Stewart, VP of Harrah' and the WSOP, said that he expected multiple women to take down open events this year.  There is no doubt that there are many women players out there that are equal, and even superior, to many men players on the circuit.

This may be the year that they step forward and show the world that women belong on the grandest stage in poker.


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