We have a league w/ about 25-30 people with about 20 in any given tourney. Out of that, we have about 6 or 7 females (spouses) on any given night.
We had a female win it during our first tourney for points (we've been playing for a year, but only had the league for about 3 mos). Funny thing about that - she was about a 4-1 chip underdog when she got to heads up and still won. The problem - guys keep paying them off. When they bet, I bow out knowing that have it. We have one that bluffs a little, but for the most part, they bet their hands. This guy would raise on a bluff, she would reraise and he'd put her all-in - then she'd double up. After a few times, he ended up losing.
If there was KKQ on the board and I held a Q, I'd raise - if a female reraised me or even called me - I'd put her on the K and generally be right. If she didn't have it, she'd fold and then the guys would play it out (based on other things like tells
, observing their style of play). But some guys just can't get it that the females we have don't bluff often enough to make it +ev to chase with them. Now if you have a good hand - sure bet it out. But if there is a flush out there and you don't have it and she reraises you - she has it.
These girls can play...they know if there is a flush or str8 out there and they'll lay down their top pairs. If they come back at you, you better lay down your bluff. The only way we can get rid of them is if they have the hand they are representing, and someone has them beat. We have a couple that have a hard time laying down J high flushes and lose to a K high flush. So they stick around to the top 5 or 6 until they have a hand and they run up against another hand. They usually have a decent chip stack because our donks will try to bluff them (too much TV poker) and lose their chips to them.
I was at a table (we had 24 so we had 3 tables to start) and we had 8 ppl - 4 were females. I was worried - but I made it out of it to the next table - so did 3 of the girls...