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Four Women Who Should Be in Poker Hall of Fame

5 February 2015, By:

And that, frankly, is a travesty.

While women were not welcome at the tables for many years, some still defied the odds to become successful in the game.

Below are four women that we believe should already be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.

Kathy Liebert

For the last 20 years, one of the most consistent female winners in the tournament poker is Kathy Liebert.

Liebert is currently #2 on the Women's All-Time Money List and held the top spot for years until the rise of Vanessa Selbst. She currently has $6 million in live tournament earnings.

Liebert was the first woman to win $1 million in a poker tournament after taking down the PartyPoker Million in 2002. In 2004, she won a bracelet at the World Series of Poker in the $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout.

Liebert also has a deep run in the Main Event, finishing 17th in the 2000 WSOP Main Event.

Liebert also has six World Poker Tour final tables. Her best finish was at the 2009 Bay 101 Shooting Stars where she finished runner-up for $550,000.

Liebert was nominated to the Women in Poker Hall of Fame in 2010 and should be a lock to one day take her place in the Pro Poker Hall of Fame.

Cyndy Violette

For over 30 years Cyndy Violette has been one of the most feared female players in the game, especially in Seven Card Stud.

In 1985, she won the Stud Event at the Stairway to the Stars tournament in Las Vegas, then a record for money won by a female player.

In 2002 Violette won her first WSOP bracelet in the $2,000 Stud 8 or Better Event, earning $135,800. She finished runner-up in a $2,000 NL Event in 2005 for close to $300,000.

Violette has numerous final tables in events all around the United States and is always a threat to go deep in a Stud or Mixed event. She has over $1.36 million in tournament earnings.

In addition to her tournament prowess, Violette is a well-known Stud cash-game player, dominating the tables in Atlantic City and in Vegas when a game can be found.

Violette was nominated to the Women in Poker Hall of Fame in 2009. While deserving of the Poker Hall of Fame, it may take some times before voters give her the credit she deserves.

Annie Duke

Likely the most controversial name on this list, Annie Duke certainly has the pedigree for inclusion in the Poker Hall of Fame.

Prior to Black Friday, Duke was one of the most successful female tournament players in history and for a time held the top spot on the Women's All-Time Money List. She's currently third with $4.27 million in earnings.

Long known as "Howard Lederer's sister," Duke came into her own in the mid-1990's after numerous strong performances at the World Series of Poker. In 2000 Duke surprised the poker world when she finished 10th in the WSOP Main Event while nine months pregnant.

In 2004, Duke began to experience true success in the game. Prior to the 2004 World Series of Poker, Duke won a $2,500 WPT Preliminary at Bellagio for $157,140. She rode that momentum into the WSOP and won the $2,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Event for her first bracelet and $137,860.

Later that year, Duke took down the largest prize ever to that point for a woman after winning the WSOP Tournament of Champions Event. She defeated Phil Hellmuth heads-up for the title.

It would be six years before Duke would win at least six figures, but she broke through in a big way at the 2010 NBC National Heads-Up Championship. She defeated good friend Erik Seidel heads-up for the title and $500,000 in prize money.

Unfortunately, other factors will likely prevent Duke from serious consideration anytime in the future. Some still have questions as to how much she knew about the UltimateBet cheating scandal and Duke has been credited with much of the blame for the failure of the Epic Poker League.

Duke has been out of poker since Black Friday and one has to wonder if she will ever return.

Marsha Waggoner

Marsha Waggoner continues to amaze poker players around the world with her longevity and success in the game. Waggoner started playing poker in Sydney Australia in the mid-1970s and discovered she was adept at Seven Card Stud.

Waggoner moved to Reno, NV in 1977 to play poker professionally and until the mid-1980s, she supported her family from her cash game earnings. Once tournament poker started to become popular, Waggoner moved to Vegas to continue her career.

Waggoner was one of the most successful female players of the 1990s with numerous final tables at the World Series of Poker and events around the United States.

Her largest live tournament score came in 2005 during the Bay 101 stop of the defunct Professional Poker Tour. She finished runner-up for $100,000.

At 75, Waggoner continues to regularly make final tables in tournaments in the United States and in Australia. Most recently, Waggoner finished runner-up in the A$2,250 HORSE Event at the 2015 Aussie Millions.

To date, Waggoner has $943,488 in live tournament earnings. Waggoner was inducted into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame in 2008. The only knock to her stunning career is the lack of major tournament victories. However, considering her total body of work, she is definitely worthy of induction.

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