WPT to host Women’s Poker Summit

The number of female players around the poker table at major tournaments continues to be extremely low. That’s one of the main topics that will be focused on at the first-ever WPT Women’s Poker Summit, announced earlier this week by the World Poker Tour.

The Women’s Poker Summit will be held later this month on August 26 at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, California. It is being held in conjunction with the WPT500 event also being held at the Bicycle from August 18-27.

In announcing the new event to talk about women’s participation, or to be more exact their lack of participation, in poker tournaments, the WPT made direct reference to this year’s World Series of Poker main event. The most famous poker tournament in the world drew another large crowd this year with 7,874 entries, but from those entries only five per cent were female.

Angelica Hael spearheading the Summit

Leading the Summit will be WPT VP of Global Tour Management Angelica Hael. She has been a staunch proponent for female poker player and inclusion of women at the poker table and executive level for years and was recently one of the 2018 nominees for the Women in Poker Hall of Fame.

In a press release issued by the WPT, Hael said “One of the WPT’s key responsibilities is to grow the game of poker. Too long has the lack of women in poker been a topic of conversation in our industry, and it’s time we work to both attract more women to the game and keep them playing poker for years and years to come . . . The WPT now wants to share our ideas and have a direct dialogue with the women in our community.”

The Summit will be looking for the input and views of women but will be open to anyone who would like to attend. Organizers are hoping for a wide variety of attendees that will include casino employees, poker media, female representatives of poker companies and initiatives, and of course female poker players.