Being a firm believer in the inclusion of women in the game of poker, 888Poker recently announced that it will be the primary sponsor of 2018’s Women in Poker Hall of Fame event that is scheduled for June 26 Las Vegas. This is in addition to the poker operators’ Ladies Events that are offered at every 888Live stop. During the event, two more extraordinary women will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
While women are certainly eligible for the all-embracing Poker Hall of Fame that was established in 1979, the Women in Poker Hall of Fame was established in 2008 to honor women who have made significant contributions to poker. The 1979-established Poker Hall of Fame boasts of three women among its current 54 members. The Women in Poker Hall of Fame, on the other hand, now has 19 members which is quite impressive considering its age.
Between 11 am and 2 pm on June 26 the 888poker banner will fly over the Orleans Casino where a select number of officials will enshrine two women into the Women in Poker of Hall Fame. The two will be selected from a list of 11 amazing women who include Hermance Blum, Mandy Glogow, Angelica Hael, Haley Hintze, Maria Ho, Karina Jett, Terry King, Shirley Rosario, Kara Scott, Lupe Soto and Jennifer Tilly.
All these women have achieved so much in their own rights and all deserve to be recognized. Kara Scott, for instance, is one of the four 888Poker female ambassadors. Scott expressed a lot of happiness in being nominated for the Women in Poker Hall of Fame citing the fact the founders of the initiative made it an immense contribution towards making poker more accessible to the next generation of female players.
“I have been lucky to meet some truly extraordinary women through poker,” she said. ”And, it’s thanks to those extraordinary trailblazers and the women who keep pushing boundaries that we regular women can sit down at a table and play poker without really having to think twice about it – and with far less trouble and effort than they had.”
On the same note, Lupe Soto, one of this year’s nominees also recently created the Women’s Poker Association which will be a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting women in poker through education and networking.