The World Series of Poker announced the 2013 schedule yesterday and one event had everyone talking. The Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship is a yearly event that began to bring more women to the game of poker. Men are not omitted but it is kind of an unwritten rule that no men would participate to leave the event open to the women. However, this has not stopped men from entering the competition. Now, the WSOP has made changes that will most likely make men think twice about entering.
The event will take place on June 28th and will have a $1,000 buy-in for women while men will have to pay $10,000. According to Nevada state law, gender based discounts are allowed in promotional events so the WSOP is taking advantage.
Many players support the change and social media outlets lit up last night with comments from players on the subject. On Twitter, Daniel Negreanu stated: “Bravo @WSOP addressing the issue of ‘men’ playing ladies events by making it a $10k and giving ladies a $9k discount! Very Clever!” Jonathan Duhamel also got in on the action, tweeting: “Really loving the @WSOP concept for the Ladies Event this summer!!!…#letsbegentlemanforonce”
Seth Palansky, a spokesman for the WSOP, responded to an email about inquiring about the event by online news source PokerFuse, by stating: “Answer is the same as we always have. Valid photo ID is required for all our events. Whatever the ID says, we follow.”
Personally, as a woman, I think it is great the WSOP has decided to do this. It will be interesting to see if any men pony up the $10k to compete or if the event will be strictly left to the women. Only a few more months and we shall see!