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The top 10 most well-known female poker players

The top 10 most well-known female poker players


Poker is a game of refined skill. It takes quite a bit of experience and practice to master, particularly for players who would like to turn the activity into a career. Those who successfully parlay their ambition into practical mastery are inevitably some of the most impressive players in the industry. Today, we’re going to explore the best female poker players of all time, including their most exciting wins. 


Top 10 female poker players 


While there are many female professional poker players with remarkable skill, we will be taking a closer look at the following 10:


  1. Annette Obrestad
  2. Annie Duke
  3. Barbara Enright
  4. Jennifer Harman
  5. Kathy Liebert
  6. Kristen Bicknell
  7. Liv Boeree
  8. Maria Constanza Lampropulos
  9. Maria Ho
  10. Vanessa Selbst


Please note that these top female poker players are presented alphabetically by first name, not by perceived merit. We are happy to support and recognize female pro poker players across the board!



  • Annette Obrestad



Annette Obrestad is a Norwegian player who made history in 2007 when she won over $2m in the first World Series of Poker Europe when she was just 18 years old. To date, she has amassed about $4m in winnings from live tournaments, including as the €8,000 EPT Dublin Main Event runner-up with a $429,181 win. Obrestad has also branched out with a YouTube channel by the name of ‘Annette’s Makeup Corner’ where she shares makeup reviews and tips.



  • Annie Duke



While she has not participated in the game since 2011, Annie Duke is one of the most successful female poker players of all time. She made headlines in 2000 when she finished the WSOP Main Event in 10th place when nine months pregnant. In 2010, Duke participated in the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship where she finished in first place. She has since transitioned to a corporate strategist with a 2018 book titled Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts.



  • Barbara Enright



Barbara Enright has won a bit less than some of the other entries on this list, but she has been a consistently impressive player since 1986. She has won over $1.7m in tournament winnings and managed to build a long-term career in an industry that was dominated by men for much of her active time. Enright was the first female player to win a WSOP bracelet, taking down a Hold’em tournament for $180,000. 



  • Jennifer Harman



It is difficult to think of a more recognized name in the poker industry than Jennifer Harman. Her career began in earnest in 2000 with a $2,000 No-Limit Deuce to Seven tournament win at the WSOP for just over $146,000. Harman won another WSOP bracelet in 2002 with a $212,440 win in a $5,000 Limit Hold’em event. She remains an active poker player and has won about $2.8m in tournament winnings.



  • Kathy Liebert 



Kathy Liebert is another entry on this list who made her way in the poker industry when female professional poker players were almost unheard of. She has won just over $6m in tournament winnings to date, with the first occurring in 1995. Liebert’s first significant win came at the WSOP in 1997 when she was runner-up to a $3,000 NLHE game for $123,690. Her largest win, however, was a $1m win at the Card Player Cruises series.



  • Kristen Bicknell



While some of the names in this female poker players list have more or less left poker behind, Kristen Bicknell seems to be at her peak. She has had consistently successful years from 2016 to 2019, including three consecutive wins of Global Poker Index’s Player of the Year in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Bicknell’s career began in 2006 and she has earned well over $5m in tournament winnings. One of her largest wins came in 2019 at a $25,000 Poker Masters NLHE event for $408,000.



  • Liv Boeree



With around $4m in tournament winnings, Liv Boeree has been a recognizable name in the poker industry since 2008 when she won $42,000 in the UK at a $2,000 ladies’ event. Her largest win to date occurred in 2015 with a $1.7m win at the €5,300 Main Event in San Remo. Boeree also has a physics degree from the University of Manchester and has won the Global Poker Index’s European Female Player of the Year three times. 



  • Maria Constanza Lampropulos



While her career as a poker player began in 2014, Maria Constanza Lampropulos’ first big win came in 2016 at a WPT Brussels National Main Event. She finished runner-up with $75,067. Her career has yet to slow down since – she has amassed over $3m in tournament wins in just seven years. One of her most recent successes was a $1.1m win in 2018 in the $10,300 PCA Main Event. She remains a force at the poker table and only seems to be picking up speed.



  • Maria Ho



Maria Ho is undoubtedly one of the most recognized poker players in the industry. Not only has she netted several impressive wins around the table, but she is also known as a host and commentator at events for ESPN and PokerGO, among others. Ho has accrued over $4m in tournament winnings and has appeared on shows such as Deal or No Deal and The Amazing Race. One of her largest wins came in 2019 when she finished third with a $344,960 prize at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. 



  • Vanessa Selbst



Although she has retired from the industry for the most part, Vanessa Selbst remains one of the most famous female poker players of all time. The only woman player listed in the Top 100 All-Time Money List, Selbst has won nearly $12m in live tournaments. She has also won three World Series of Poker bracelets, a Partouche Poker Tour Cannes (2010) championship, and two consecutive NAPT titles in 2010 and 2011 at the Mohegan Sun. 


The top 10 most well-known female poker players



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