WSOP 2013 Ladies Event
The 2013 WSOP Ladies Championship took place over the weekend, and for the first time in several years no men took part. In recent years some male poker players have taken to playing in this event, either to protest against perceived gender discrimination or simply for a bit of fun. This year, though, the entire field of 954 was female.
There have been ladies only events as the WSOP since 1977, but in the last few years the idea has caused some controversy. There have been some minor protests about the fact that such an event discriminates against men, although with all the other events being dominated by males it hardly seems a major issue.
This year, the WSOP organisers introduced a creative rule change to prevent men taking part. The official buy-in for the tournament was $10,000 – but ladies received a 90% discount and thus had to pay only $1,000 to enter. The rule change had the desired effect, and we had a truly ladies only event.
Winner Kirsten Bicknell said after her triumph that she was glad to see the men kept out, a sentiment echoed by many of the other female participants. Canadian Bicknell was rewarded with a $173,000 prize for her efforts, which was her first cash in over a dozen attempts in WSOP events. She also continued a great run of results for Canada at this year’s WSOP.
Her victory was the 10th for Canada in the 2013 WSOP, and the country had only won 34 bracelets in the previous 40 plus years. Prior to this year the record for the most wins in a year from a non-US country was seven.
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