Analysis of Professional Female Poker Players
Hottest Girls in Poker
Online poker, although an arguably nerdy and geeky industry, has also given way to some hot girls and sexy branding.
The Calvin Ayre Bodog branding for example has made an awful lot of use of sexy girls and parties in their Bodog affiliate events, including stalls at the LAC and Budabest gaming affiliate conventions.
Bodog is not the only gaming site to home in on the marketing ploys that attractive babes and spiffy advertising can have on players however.
Liv Boeree, one of live poker’s hottest pro poker girls was recently sponsored by UB.com, the world’s 3rd largest US poker site until being scaped away to join to the PokerStars pro team in 2010. Although Boeree has a solid list of credentials that includes an EPT title in 2010 and over $2 million in live tournament winnings, it is more or less obvious that she has got where she is today through physical looks and the marketing gains that come from poker rooms hiring her.
Similar marketing strategies that use good looking women to promote their poker rooms was seen by Victory Poker when they hired 2009 Play mate of the year Sarah Underwood to head some of their online marketing campaigns. Many of Victory Poker’s tournaments and promotions still feature prizes such as dates with Play boy models and the chance to meet some of the Play mate models or talk to them.
Perhaps a female in a similar position to Liv Boeree is Anette Obrestad, who clearly made her way into the business not from sheer looks but from the skills that set her aside in the industry. The 22 year old became the youngest female to win the WSOPE in 2007 just days before her 19th birthday. She has also amassed more than $3 million in live tournament winnings – all of it built up from a bankroll from playing freerolls at online poker sites including PokerStars, UB.com and Full Tilt Poker.
Before the current crop of young, artificially marketed female poker players were breaking into the scenes, the majority of female poker was dominated by pros such as Lacey Jones, Vicky Coren and Annie Duke.
Annie Duke will always be one of the top female poker players of all time having won one WSOP bracelet, the World Series of Poker Champions in 2004, the National Heads up Poker Championship in 2010, her own book and more than $4.2 million in tournament winnings.
Vicky Coren, a team PokerStars pro member, while not having attained quite the same success as Duke in poker (just $1.4 million in live poker winnings) also has a profession as a writer for The Times, the Observer, the Daily Telegraph and a career as a TV presenter.