Women's Poker Advocacy Group Strives to Narrow Gender Gap on the Felt

Poker League of Nations (PLON) plans to boost the presence of women at the World Series of Poker ahead of the Ladies Event. The women's poker advocacy organization has members from around the world, and they want to see more women feeling comfortable and confident on the felt.

PLON is hosting a “Ladies Week” in Las Vegas to hype up women and give them some assistance in entering the $1,000 buy-in WSOP Ladies Event on June 26. The group will be posted up at South Point Hotel and Casino, where they will host satellite events.

PLON is hosting their own satellites on June 24 and 25, offering two lucky ladies entry into the Ladies Event on June 26. The group will also host a WSOP Ladies Week Welcome party, training sessions with poker pros, and other activities.

The WSOP will host a $130 buy-in satellite into the Ladies event, which has a $300 buy-in for women but a $1,000 buy-in for men. The tournament has a $20,000 guaranteed prize pool, and the winner will receive a Helix Diamond Bracelet.

Last year only 5.3 percent of the 120,995 people who played in the WSOP were female. The percentage of female players was the smallest among the youngest age group – just 1.6 percent of players 21-25 were female. PLON offers several factors to explain the disparity. She also believes bankrolls are a barrier for women, and says need more satellite opportunities could help. 

Above all, the group hopes to influence poker culture to be more welcoming to women. PLON member Heidi May suggests the addition of harsh penalties for sexual harassment on the felt as the right place to start.

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