re: Poker & Why Donít More Women Play Poker? Leading Poker Ladies Unite for Change
Originally Posted by Robbie Strazynski
I hope the ensuing discussion leads to positive change, and of course I'm happy to hear your thoughts on the piece if you have any. If you like it, you're certainly welcome to share via your social channels and help spread this important message.
Hi Robbie, interesting article that has sparked some lively debate in various places.
On the topic of how Ladies Events fit into the picture, it's worth looking at the WSOP
Circuit where most of them are played. In the 2013\2014 season, the circuit includes 22 stops, of which 14 offer a Ladies Event, so roughly 64%. What's interesting is where they fit in terms of reporting on the WSOP blog, the main reporting portal for circuit updates; as you'll see in a moment this can vary greatly from one season to the next.
Looking back, here are the available Ladies Event winner reports from the 2012\2013 season:
There are also several reports on women in open events (possibly more that I've missed):
So at first glance, it looks like the WSOP frequently reports on women both in the Ladies Events and open events on the circuit. However, if you do a search on the blog for "ladies" and look at the dates of reports, you'll note that at the time of this writing there is only one Ladies Event report available for 2013\2014 season:
This means that with 11 Ladies Events played and just 3 to go, only 1 of the winners (9%) have been recognized on the WSOP blog. I'm not sure how best to market poker to women, but it seems that one of the easiest ways is to simply report the Circuit LE winners on blogs and social media to increase visibility at the most affordable buyin levels.
I don't know what accounts for the sudden drop in reporting, but I don't think the "non-ring" classification helps. The LE is a pendant event, so why classify it as non-ring? If it doesn't count in point standings (and it shouldn't), then just say so and call it a pendant event.
To sum up, in answer to the question of how Ladies Events fit into the picture, I'll ask this:
Who are the invisible winners of the 2013\2014 WSOP Circuit Ladies Events?