Lupe Soto Establishes Board for Women’s Poker Association
By Bob Garcia
Lupe Soto, founder of the Women in Poker Hall of Fame, has another major project for female poker players in the works. Soto founded the Women’s Poker Association (WPA), and this month she named an all-star cast of leading ladies to serve on its board of directors.
The purpose of the WPA is to promote the advancement of women in poker and to help women become more involved in the game. Soto says she and the women selected for the board are committed to elevating the poker experience for female players through skill development, networking, and social opportunities.
The newly-appointed board includes President Bonnie Carl, WSOP Circuit ring and Grand Series bracelet holder Ruth Hall as VP; Treasurer Lori Greer Smith, and Secretary Jana Von Dach. Additional members of the board include long-time WSOP dealer Peggy Carlson and poker league organizer Terry Constantino.
The organization appears to be off to a good start, but only time will tell if they can attract continued support. The odds are already stacked against them, based on the success, or lack thereof among poker associations of the past. The World Poker Association, the United States Poker Association, and the International Poker Federation are just a few of the groups to fall inactive after starting with high aspirations.
The most recent example of a poker organization that was unable to find sufficient support for its activities is the Poker Players Alliance. The WPA has a major difference from PPA and other groups that could prove the secret to its success: it is run by women, for women.