The World Series of Poker has been gone from Las Vegas for a month, but the game itself is still attracting poker enthusiasts to Sin City. The Women in Poker Hall of Fame is enshrining their latest class on September 2nd at the Golden Nugget Casino.
Margie Heintz, Phyllis Caro, and Kristy Gazes will be the 2011 inductees, and the ceremony will be further evidence that the game has arrived as much for women as it has for men over the past decade. The game itself has never been more popular than it is right now in the US.
The Department of Justice may not have known that their indictments of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker, would have started a poker revolution, but that is what appears to have happened in the country. Players are outraged that they have lost the right to enjoy poker online, and they have responded by badgering lawmakers about the issue.
Women are at the center of the revolution, with professional players Annie Duke and Jennifer Harmon being involved with lobbying efforts in Washington. Duke has also been instrumental in launching the first-ever professional poker league. The Epic Poker League held its inaugural event last week in Las Vegas.
As for the women that will be entering the Hall of Fame this year, Heintz is a long-time poker room manager at the Eldorado Hotel and Casino in Reno. Caro manages the poker room at Hollywood Park, and Gazes is one of the most successful players when it comes to career earnings.
Gazes won the World Poker Tour Ladies Night event back in 2007, and has accumulated nearly $1 million in career earnings. The three women joining the Hall this year will bring the total number of women to thirteen.
Harmon was an inductee last year, along with Kathy Liebert and Billie Brown. Jen Fisher, June Field, Cyndy Violette, Marsha Waggoner, Susie Isaacs, Linda Johnson, and Barbara Enright are the other ladies that have been inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.
While the women are taking center stage, the men will be the main attraction when November rolls around. The nine players remaining in the World Series of Poker main event will return to Sin City to battle it out for the over $8 million in first place prize money. All nine players will make at least $750,000, regardless of where they are knocked out when the main event resumes.