Nominees for Women’s Poker Hall of Fame Announced

June 8, 2012

The time has come to honor the best female poker players this year. Recently, the list of nominees for the Women in Poker Hall of Fame was released, and voting for the finalists will be on till June 20. All the members of the Poker Hall of Fame will be voting for the finalists, who would be enshrined on August 31, during the special dinner ceremony at the Golden Nugget, Las Vegas. The ten nominees have excelled in poker, while dabbling in their respective careers. Not only that, they have also greatly contributed to the development of the poker industry. Here is a note on these ten women.

Victoria Coren

Victoria Coren is a poker player and also a journalist, who shot to fame with the 2006 European Poker Championships in London. After winning the event, Coren has not looked back and went on to win the NLH heads up event of the EPT Grand Final at the Monte Carlo Casino in April, 2012.

Annie Duke

Annie Duke is a name that is often heard in the WSOP circles. An author and a pro poker player, Duke has WSOP bracelet, a National Heads Up title, along with a Tournament of Champions title.

JJ Liu

Liu is yet another popular poker professional in the industry, and a 9-time WSOP cash prize winner. She also has 5 WTP cashes, and finished fourth in the Five Diamond Main Event of the WPT in 2005. She is also one of the seven all-time female poker players who have lifetime poker earnings of over $2.5 million.

Nominated industry professionals

The list of women nominated for the hall of fame includes several industry professionals who have also tried their hand at the game, sometime or the other.

Kathy Raymond

Raymond has been an employee at Connecticut’s Foxwood Casino for 14 years. She was the one who got WPT to Foxwoods, during her tenure as the poker operations’ director there. She also worked with Venetian casino in Las Vegas, and is an avid cash game player.

Isabel Mercier

A poker player and also the manager of the poker room at Aviation Club de France in Paris, Isabel Mercier has poker winnings of over $1.2 million. She has one WPT Ladies Night title, came second in the Masters Classic of Poker and won several cash prizes in the EPT circuit.

Debra Giardina

Giardina has been in the industry for more than 25 years now and played many roles including the director of poker operations at Wynn Las Vegas, Cantebury park and at present, the BestBet poker rooms in Jacksonville.

Karina Jett

Also a poker player, Jett was a winner of the He Said, She Said section of Poker After Dark. She is the ambassador of the MGM Grand poker room and stood second in the WSOP Ladies Championship.

Other industry professionals who have been nominated for the Hall of Fame honors include Debbie Burkhead, Nani Dollison and Bonnie Leinhos. To know who actually makes it to the end, you will have to wait till the 20th of this month.