These are the results of a study of 888 Holdings. More women prefer to play at home, rather than in a casino. But their number at the poker table is increasing.
Is poker really only a men’s game?
Every year the number of women at the poker table is increasing. Poker is no longer associated exclusively as a men’s game, but women still continue to feel uncomfortable at the table.
888 Holdings (the owner of 888poker) published the results of a gender study in the poker industry. The company analyzed the profiles of 2,000 residents of the UK and came to interesting conclusions. More than half of all respondents said that they felt uncomfortable in exclusively male territories (in pubs, at rugby matches and poker games). What about poker, 44% of respondents said that they participated in games before, 7% of respondents continue to play even now.
Out of 889 poker respondents 56% of women admitted that they feel uncomfortable during a play because of their gender. And 45% of respondents said they felt intimidated when they played poker with representatives of the opposite sex. While 52% of women said they never felt threatened by men at the poker table.
Women consider their own home (27%), friends’ house (22%), online (8%) and only then a casino (5%) the most pleasant places to play.
Most of all, women like to play against their friends (45%), against relatives (43%). And only 5% of respondents feel themselves normal when they play against other unfamiliar players.
47% of women agreed that the casino is a frightening place, 14% of women fully support them. And only 18% of respondents visiting casinos does not cause negative emotions.
More than 2/3 of the women surveyed believe that poker is a men’s game. Indeed, the number of women at the poker tables is small, but it is growing every year. For example, in the 2018 WSOP Main Event, 3.8% of all registrations were women. Last year, their number increased to 4.1% (350 / 8.569).
Will the number of women in poker equal the number of men?
The results of the research demonstrate that it can happen, but not in the next decade. Poker is still a male hobby, because casinos repel women; they prefer to play poker at home with family or friends. That’s why we can say that Vanessa Selbst, Kristen Bicknell, Liv Boeree, Kitty Kuo, Maria Konnikova are probably the exception to the rule and at the poker tables.
Where is it possible to find women’s poker tournaments online and offline?
Since poker is mainly a men’s game, the organizers decided to introduce women’s tournaments into the lobby. The most popular venue for tournaments without men is PokerStars. Every day, pink tournaments with buy-ins from 11 cents are included in the lobby.
There also offline poker tournaments for women. Perhaps the most striking of them is the $ 10,000 / $ 1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold’em Championship at the WSOP. In 2019, the representative of South Korea Jiyoung Kim became the champion of such an event. There were 968 entries registered in the tournament.