Women Raising the Ante - Thursday 11th of May 2006

UK – As reported by the UK Telegraph News: "The talents required of a poker player are traditionally male traits: aggression, the ability to lie and hide your emotions. And, of course, staying up late smoking cigars.

"But women are finally breaking into the world of poker and some are beating the men at their own game.

"Britain's first live all-women poker championship is being held this summer with an estimated prize of £100,000 and a promise of 'celebrity status in the poker world'.

"…Suddenly it is not only respectable but fashionable to play, attracting more women and young people. Women are still in a minority, but they have come a long way from the days when a female face around the table was rare.

"A YouGov poll last year showed that women made up 30 to 40 per cent of online players. In casinos, the proportion of women is estimated to have increased from one to five per cent of players…"

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