10 Most Successful Female Poker Players

With each passing year, more and more women are achieving notable success in the poker world. Below you will find ten examples. Check out 10 most successful female poker players.

10 – Vanessa Selbst

Vanessa Selbst
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Selbst has earned her spot at the top not just because of her impressive $10 million tournament earnings, but because of her influential presence in the world of poker which she has maintained throughout her wide-spanning career. The Yale law graduate has risen above countless prominent male players and has never been shy to speak her mind when it comes to gender discrimination in poker.

9. Maria Ho

Maria Ho
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The poker superstar gained her edge over other players with her psychological insight and background in Communication Studies. The charismatic player, who has over $2.6 million in live tournament earnings, has also become something of a TV personality in recent years. As well as providing commentary for Heartland Poker Tour, Ho has taken part in shows such as The Amazing Race and American Idol. In 2014, Ho hosted Europe’s largest stand-alone poker tournament.

8. Liv Boeree

Liv Boeree
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Besides being incredibly smart, Boeree is known as one of the most beautiful female poker players. The part-time model has a degree in Astrophysics and a history of charitable giving. The English poker pro has been coached by some of the most successful names in the field – including Phil Hellmuth and Annie Duke. Boeree regularly plays far into the World Series of Poker Tournament and has a total of 12 WSOP bracelets.

7. Annette Obrestad

Annette Obrestad
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Obrestad’s success in poker is particularly noteworthy considering her young age and humble background. The Norwegian player started playing online poker when she was just 15 years old, and won her first World Series of Poker bracelet when she was 18 (making her the youngest ever person to do so). The poker champ has close to $4 million in poker earnings and is famous for successfully taking on even the biggest of male poker players.

6. Vanessa Rousso

Vanessa Rousso
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Rousso is almost as famous for her likeable personality as she is for her poker skills. The French/American player has accumulated more than $3.5 million through poker and is a prominent member of Team PokerStars. Rousso studied Law and Game Yheory, the latter of which she believed has helped her progress in her career. Aside from poker, Rousso also has a passion for music and new challenges. In 2015, she finished at second place in the
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5. Kathy Liebert

Kathy Liebert
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With over $6 million accumulated through poker, Liebert is one of the field’s top earners. Having grown up in a household where poker was a family game, Liebert gained a taste for poker from an early age. Now, the Business graduate regularly plays at tournaments and advocates for more women to try their hand at the game. Besides poker, Liebert is also fond of martial arts.

4. Annie Duke

Annie Duke
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Before Vanessa Selbst snatched the title, Annie Duke was the most successful ever female poker player, with over $4 million in poker earnings to date. The British Psychology graduate has written a number of books and guides on poker, as well as contributed considerably to charities in developing countries.

3. Victoria Coren Mitchell

Victoria Coren Mitchell
Coren Mitchell is the only player to have ever scoped two European Poker Tour titles. The Oxford graduate has won countless other poker awards, including one for her use of social media. When she’s not playing poker, Coren Mitchell is writing for the likes of The Guardian and The Observer. The British player has over $2.4 million in live tournament cashes.

2. Jennifer Harman

Jennifer Harman
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Harman may be tiny, but she has quite the poker legacy. The high stakes player used to observe her father’s poker nights, and by 16 had acquired a fake ID so that she could start playing in casinos. Harman has had ups and downs throughout her career (one of those ‘ups’ including a $9 million win against billionaire Andy Beal) but is widely regarded as one of the greatest poker players of all time.

1. J. J. Liu

J J Liu
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Liu has won more than $1.7 million through poker and boasts the impressive achievement of highest ever placing female at a World Poker Championship Tour. The poker hero is also famous for something else – her outrageous fashion sense. Sporting anything from blue hair to diamond-studded sunglasses to over-sized hats, Liu never fails to grab the attention of other players at the card table.



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