Women in Poker and how men play differently against us
Thought this was a very interesting and true blog. I know there are quite a few women players on this forum, so I thought it would apply to a lot of us.
I realize that some guys don't mean to, and other guys do, but I notice that men play differently against me--especially in live play--than against another man. They seem to be a lot more agressive and want to beat me more. I don't know if I give a weak vibe, or I guys just want the satisfaciton of beating a woman, but they always seem to push, push, push against me. It's as if they have less respect for my poker abilities because I'm a woman and they're men; I try to use this to my advantage, but I'm just wondering why this is the case? Anyways, here's the blog that isn't exactly what I was talking about, but also is pretty interesting observation.
WOMEN IN POKER-submitted by AceKickerCA
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This is the 21st Century and women still have to deal with name calling and abuse from men at online poker sites
. It is “JUST NOT POKER!”
Now before all you men decide “Oh gee another man-bashing blog,” I have to tell you it is not. Nor am I tarring all men with the same brush. On average, most men treat the womaen with respect, however there are the ones that do not.
Women play in the same tournaments men do (i.e. WSOP
, WPT, etc.), and I have never seen a male player treat a woman the way some men treat a woman online. I am yet to see a professional male player disrespect a woman player on TV at all.
The number of women playing poker grows every year. Jennifer Harman, Evelyn Ng, Clonie Gowen and Annie Duke are just a few that have played the game well and played it against the men. When you watch them on TV and they win a hand, do the guys call them names? Threaten them? I think not.
Annie Duke is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to tournament poker. She regularly proves that women can hold their own in a game that is "male-oriented." Phil Helmuth once said that “Annie is the best all-around woman poker player in the world today.” How about that for a compliment? Notice, he is not abusing her for being good, he is praising her. She rarely plays in Ladies Only events because she says "Poker is one of the only sports where a woman can compete on a totally equal level with a man." She is the leading female money winner in WSOP history, and she took tenth place in the $10,000 main event when she was eight months pregnant. She then went on to win her 1st WSOP bracelet in 2004 playing in the $2000 Omaha High Low event. Annie is just one example of women being every bit as good as men when it comes to playing poker. I could list more accomplishments from women, but I think you see my point.
Yet online it is a different story, even in “Play Money” where losing does not mean anything. There is abuse and name calling when a woman wins a hand or takes the chip lead from a man. Below are a few examples of what goes on sometimes before play begins, and after losing a hand.
1. Sexual innuendo usually regarding the avatar being used, especially the sexier ones. If a woman says “Good Luck,” I have seen “Nice Rack” as the reply. Another common one is “Suck me before you suck out”. Those are just a few, but there are many more.
2. Name calling like "Slut," "Ho," and "Bitch;" which are tame to some of the vile and vulgar language I have heard, or rather seen, typed. All because a woman won a big hand and took the chip lead away from a man.
3. Threats of death, rape, and even as low as abducting and murdering a child. I realize it is online and no one knows where we live, but all the same. Those threats are uncalled for and very unsettling.
We do not deserve the abuse and we do not want it. None of it is necessary, and it needs to stop. We may not be famous like the female poker pros, but we deserve the same respect you would give them. Yes, even when we win a hand and take your chips. If a guy does, it you say “nh." That is all we want too. Let us all try and fix this problem because online poker would be much nicer for everyone if we did.