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The Last Woman Standing

25 July 2009, By: compncards
leo margets
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Am I the only person that is getting tired of the whole "last woman standing" bit at major poker tournaments and at the World Series of Poker? Leo Margets is the latest in a long line of "last women standing" from the Main Event of the World Series of Poker. If this was the 1970's and 1980's when the number of women players was miniscule compared to the number of men playing, then maybe I could see doing this. Now, I am not so sure that this is helpful to poker.

Granted, I know WHY that it is done. They want to draw more attention to women players and try to draw interest in the game. However, it seems that they are just focusing on the whole fact that "a woman has made it deep" as opposed to focusing on their play.

I really like when I get a chance to watch Jennifer Harman, Cyndy Violette, or Kathy Liebert play because I know that usually, I am going to see good poker. A lot of gimmick shows or segments that I see with women that are mainly on TV for their looks or their popularity I will usually avoid watching. Granted, players like Liv Boree and Vanessa Rousso are great to look at, but I don't find them interesting to watch play poker.

I do realize that TV is very much trying to get viewers to watch their program so they are going to make a big deal out of women finishing deep, especially if they are considered hot.

Now with the above being said, there is maybe one counterargument that some could consider. In the case of the WSOP, only three women have made the final table of the WSOP Main Event. Barbara Enright, Annie Duke, and Annette Obrestad are the only women to make the final. At the same time, numerous women have made final tables and won open bracelets. However, in the microcosm of the Main Event, putting a little more attention on deep women finishes for the sake of history may not be a bad thing. At the same time, I would like more attention to their poker ability and less to their gender.

What do you think? Do you think putting focus on the "last woman standing" is helpful for poker or do you think they are just objectifying the women more.

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