From 23rd June to 3rd July, you can expect to see many more female poker players in Las Vegas than usual due to a series of poker-related events scheduled to coincide with the Women in Poker Hall of Fame induction ceremony and the 2018 WSOP Ladies NLHE Championship.
Ladies Poker Week is coming to Las Vegas at the end of the month, and it promises to be a huge. As well as multiple Ladies-only poker tournaments, the event will consist of Ladies-only training sessions, Ladies-only cocktail parties and the induction of Lupe Soto and Maria Ho into the Women of Poker Hall of Fame.
The Ladies Poker Week festivities kick off on 23rd and 24th June with two training seminars hosted by long-time poker coach Lynne Mitchnick (better to have training seminars at the beginning of the event than the end). The “week” extends to eleven days due to an extra Ladies-only tournament hosted by the Aria on 3rd July – which could provide the winner with their buy-in for the WSOP Main Event.
A further training seminar hosted by Jamie Kersetter is scheduled for 26th June at the South Point Casino (details here), but unfortunately this event clashes with the Women in Poker Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Orleans Hotel & Casino (details here). The official Ladies Poker Week Cocktail Reception is also scheduled for 26th June at Max Pawn (details here).
Massive Line Up of Poker Tournaments
The Ladies-only poker action gets underway on 25th June with the “Grand Poker Ladies Only Event” at the Golden Nugget Casino, and continues the following day with live satellites for the WSOP Ladies NLHE Championship at the South Point Casino (the same venue as Jamie Kersetter´s training seminar), and the $40,000 guaranteed Ladies International Poker Series (LIPS) Deepstack Event at the Venetian.
On 27th June, ladies not suffering hangovers from the previous evening´s Cocktail Reception have further opportunities to satellite into the WSOP Ladies NLHE Championship at both the Orleans Hotel & Casino and the Planet Hollywood Casino, or can go for the big money at the South Point Casino, where the Helix Poker Diamond Bracelet Ladies Tournament has a $20,000 guaranteed prize pool.
On 28th June, the highlight of the week takes place at the Rio Hotel & Casino – the WSOP Ladies NLHE Championship. The $1,000 buy-in tournament will be preceded by an exclusive Ladies Poker Week Las Vegas Breakfast at the Rio (from 9:00 am) with an optional ride in available on the Womens Poker World Limo Party Bus (pick-ups start at 8:15 am – details here of how to book your seat).
The week of action concludes with the LIPS Championship and a further LIPS Ladies Event at the Orleans Hotel and Casino from 29th June to 1st July, and the Ladies-Only NLHE Event at the Aria on 3rd July. Of course, there is nothing to stop female players also joining in with the massive selection of open live poker tournaments taking place through Las Vegas during the duration of the World Series of Poker.
Don´t Expect Much in the Way of Soft Action
Ladies Poker Week attracts poker players from all over the United States and beyond – indeed last year´s WSOP Ladies NLHE Championship was dominated by an Australian player (Heidi May) and a British player (Deborah Worley- Roberts), with the best-known U.S. player in the field (Vanessa Selbst) failing to finish within the top fifty places.
With the addition of training seminars, cocktail parties and the Women in Poker Hall of Fame induction ceremony, there is plenty going on off the tables as well as on the tables. Therefore expect Ladies Poker Week to be an extremely popular event and – for some of the female players taking part – extremely lucrative. Watch out Vegas – the Ladies are coming to town!