Top Female Poker Players in 2018

If you look around the room at most poker tournaments, the first thing you're likely to notice is that the vast proportion of players are men. Just check our list of the Top 10 Poker Players for proof of that. However that's not to say there aren't some supremely talented female pros making a name for themselves on the circuit.

1. Vanessa Selbst - $10,695,299
Vanessa Selbst
Source - espn.go.com
Twitter - @VanessaSelbst

There is almost no debate whatsoever about who takes the honour of the best female poker player, such has been Selbst's dominance. Over the past 12 years the now retired professional has won main events on the Partouche Poker Tour - for a career-high $1.8m - and North American Poker Tour and has three World Series of Poker bracelets under her belt for the years 2008, 2012 and 2014. Selbst also has two World Poker Tour final tables to her name and, with more than $11.8million in live cashes over the years, this aggressive player will be hard to top even with her officially stepping away from the professional scene in January 2018.

Top 3 Biggest Tournament Wins

Date | Location Tournament Name Winnings
January 12, 2010 - Pokerstars - Paradise Island $25,000 + 500 No Limit Hold’em – High Roller $1,424,420
September 2, 2010 - Partouch - Cannes £ 7,750 + 750 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event $1,000,000
May 27, 2014 – WSOP – Las Vegas $25,000 No Limit Hold’em – Mixed Max $871,148

2. Kathy Liebert - $5,987,563

Kathy Liebert
Source - pokersites.com
Twitter - @Pokerkat

Liebert has been a World Series of Poker regular for almost two decades, making her first WSOP final table in 1997. Her multiple World Poker Tour results include four separate cashes for more than $250,000, while the highlight of an illustrious career was her $1m first prize in the Party Poker Million back in 2002. 2017 was a good year for the American, having finished in the top 50 of the 2017 World Series of Poker Event #19: The Giant as well as picking up a comfortable $40,181 at the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event.

Top 3 Biggest Tournament Wins

Date | Location Tournament Name Winnings
March 17,2002 - Party Poker - Cruise $8,000 Limit Hold'em $1,000,000
March 16,2009 - WPT - San Jose $9,500 + 500 No Limit Hold'em $550,000
September 19, 2005 - WPT - Atlantic City $9,700 + 300 Championship Event - No Limit Hold'em $427,115

3. Annie Duke - $4,270,549

Annie Duke
Source - it.wikipedia.org
Twitter - @AnnieDuke

The only woman to ever win the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship, Duke has many strings to her bow, though she has recently stayed away from live tournaments. She knows how to mix it with the best, having taken down the WSOP Tournament of Champions for $2m in 2004 against a star-studded field including her brother Howard Lederer. The last recorded live tournament Duke attended was the 2010 World Series of Poker WSOP Tournament of Champions where she secured 8th place and $25,000 in prize money.

Top 3 Biggest Tournament Wins

Date | Location Tournament Name Winnings
September 1, 2004 – WSOP – Las Vegas No Limit Hold’em – Tournament of Champions $2,000,000
March 5, 2010 – NBC Heads-Up Championship – Las Vegas $20,000 No Limit Hold’em $500,000
November 13, 2004 – WPT – Mashantucket $10,000 + 200 No Limit Hold’em Final Day $166,478

4. Annette Obrestad - $3,920,424

Annette Obrestad
Source - betting.betfair.com
Twitter - @Annette_15

After cutting her teeth in online poker, Norwegian pro Obrestad shot into the public eye as a teenager when she won the inaugural World Series of Poker Europe in 2007 for more than $2m. She has since proved that was no fluke, following the result up with main event final tables on the European Poker Tour as well as a win at the 2010 Aussie Millions, which saw her walk away with 175,000 AUD. Since then, Obrestad has seen multiple top 100 finishes at the World Series of Poker Main Events (2010, 2012, and 2013) and, after a few quiet years, has recently returned to the limelight with a top 100 showing at the 2017 World Series of Poker $3,000 No Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Event.

Top 3 Biggest Tournament Wins

Date | Location Tournament Name Winnings
September 10, 2007 – WSOPE – London £10,000 + 350 World Championship No Limit Hold’em £ 1,000,000 ($2,013,733)
October 30, 2007 – EPT – Dublin £ 7,700 + 300 EPT Dublin- No Limit-Hold’em € 297,800 ($429,181)
March 21, 2011 – Wynn Classic – Las Vegas $5,000 + 170 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event $215, 922

5. Vanessa Rousso - $3,513,841

Vanessa Rousso
Source - en.wikipedia.org
Twitter - @VanessaRousso

Though having been absent from professional play since 2013, few female players have been as successful and consistent in their poker success as Rousso. The American poker pro recorded multiple six-figure scores in 2006, 2009 and 2011 although her most impressive performance of her career came at the EPT Grand Final in Monaco in 2009, when she bested some of poker's biggest names to win the high roller championship to walk away with more than $700,000. Other notable wins include a fifth place at the 2010 World Series of Poker Heads Up No Limit Hold’em Championship which saw Rousso secure $92,580 in prize money. With a lifetime tournament winnings total of more than $3million, and a status of Team PokerStars Pro to back up her reputation, and despite no longer being active in the live scene, Rousso remains one of the top female poker players of the decade.

Top 3 Biggest Tournament Wins

Date | Location Tournament Name Winnings
May 1, 2009 – EPT – Monte Carlo £ 25,000 + 500 European High Roller Championship – No Limit Hold’em $700,160
December 3, 2010 – WPT – Las Vegas $10,000 + 30 No Limit Hold’em – Championship Event $358,964
September 13, 2006 – WPT – Altantic City $5,000 + 200 No Limit Hold’em $285,450

6. Liv Boeree - $3,293,031

Liv Boeree
Source - en.wikipedia.org
Twitter - @Liv_Boeree

Despite being one of the youngest players on this list, Liv Boeree, or the “Iron Maiden” features one of the most illustrious poker careers of our time. After receiving her coaching from Phil Hellmuth on a poker reality TV show, she had a number of impressive scores before making a big breakthrough with victory in the EPT Sanremo in 2010. Her success earned the British pro just under $1.7m, still the biggest score of her career, but she has followed it up with impressive performances on several continents including cashes in World Series of Poker Main Events in Las Vegas and Cannes bringing her total of WSOP cashes up to 12, including two top 20 places in 2010 and 2012. One of the most active players on this list, Boeree saw a fair amount of success in 2017 with her highest ranking of the season being 10th place at the 2017 PokerStars Festival (London) in the High Roller Event.

Top 3 Biggest Tournament Wins

Date | Location Tournament Name Winnings
April 15, 2010 – EPT – San Remo £ 5,000 + 300 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event € 1,250,000 ($1,698,300)
Jan 16, 2014 – UKIPT – Edinburgh £1,000 + 100 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event £ 59,180 ($97,058)
Oct 03, 2010 – EPT London £ 2,000 + 150 No Limit Hold’em £ 51,330 ($80,326)

7. Joanne 'JJ' Liu - $2,708,901

JJ Liu
Source - pokersites.com

Liu might be best known for her eccentric dress sense, but don't let that fool you - she's also a very talented player. This Taiwanese-turned-Californian player has been playing poker at the highest level since the mid-1990s, and her results are headlined by two World Poker Tour final tables: A fourth-place finish at the Five Diamond World Poker Classic in 2005 and a runner-up spot at the Bay 101 Shooting Stars event two years later were good for a combined $960,000. Since then Liu has seen steady success with 2017 proving an illustrious one for the number one ranked player on the Taiwan All Time Money List. 2017’s biggest win saw Liu secure $27,743 at the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event Championship at the 2017 World Series of Poker event with her highest placing being a 1st place finish at the $1,100 No Limit Hold’em – 10 Hour Ironman event.

Top 3 Biggest Tournament Wins

Date | Location Tournament Name Winnings
March 12, 2007 – WPT - San Jose $9,600 + 400 WPT Championship Event – No Limit Hold’em $600,000
December 12, 2005 – WPT – Las Vegas $15,000 + 300 Main Event – No Limit Hold’em $362,140
May 24, 2014 – APPT – Macau HK$ 100,000 No Limit Hold’em – High Roller $182,135

7. Jennifer Harman - $2,697,533

Jennifer Harman
Source - en.wikipedia.org
Twitter - @RealJenHarman

Harman might be better known as a cash game player, where she locked horns with the likes of Phil Ivey on High Stakes Poker, but when turning her hand to tournaments she has shown some impressive ability. She has two World Series of Poker bracelets in two different poker variants, but the biggest of her handful of six-figure cashes came in a WSOP Circuit event in 2005, finishing second behind Doug Lee for more than $380,000. Though no longer active in the live poker circuit, Harman’s success has seen her secure and maintain her position as one of the decade’s most successful poker players.

Top 3 Biggest Tournament Wins

Date | Location Tournament Name Winnings
March 20, 2005 – WSOP Las Vegas $10,000 + 200 WSOP Circuit Championship Event – No Limit Hold’em $383,840
March 16,2009 - WPT - San Jose $9,600 + 400 No Limit Hold’em – Championship Event $330,000
December 14, 2004 – WPT Las Vegas y $15,000 + 300 World Poker Tour Championship – No Limit Hold’em $299,492

9. Victoria Coren - $2,353,292

Victoria Coren
Source - pokersites.com
Twitter - @VictoriaCoren

An accomplished journalist and a top-level poker player, Coren was the first woman to win a European Poker Tour main event when she won her local tournament in London in 2006, taking home more than $900,000. Though Coren saw minor success in the years that followed, in 2011 and 2012 she proved that she still had the skills to dominate the competition, coming third at the 2011 Grand Final of the Madrid €500 Ladies Event, second place at the 2012 Grand Final of the Monte Carlo $1,000 Ladies event and finally picking up a first-place finish at the 2012 Grand Final of the Monte Carlo $5,000 Heads-Up event. Although her three six-figure scores have all come in the UK, Coren has also had repeated success in Monaco and the Bahamas, twice making the money in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.

Top 3 Biggest Tournament Wins

Date | Location Tournament Name Winnings
September 21, 2006 – EPT – London £ 3,500 + 50 Main Event – No Limit Hold’em £ 500,000 ($941,513)
April 14, 2014 – EPT – San Remo € 4,600 + 300 No Limit Hold’em EPT Main Event € 476,100 ($660,947)
March 14, 2013 – EPT/UKIPT London £ 10,000 + 300 No Limit Hold’em – High Roller £ 67,130 ($101,019)

9. Sandra Naujoks - $2,065,843

Sandra Naujoks
Source - www.pokerstarsblog.de
Twitter - @SandraNaujoks

The only German in the top 10, Naujoks' biggest career score came in her home country with victory at EPT Dortmund for more than $1.1m. She has plenty of other good results on the European Poker Tour, cashing twice in the Grand Final in Monaco and in four other separate main events. Naujoks also has an in-the-money finish in the World Series of Poker Main Event, finishing in the top 400 in 2011. Since then, Naujoks has seen moderate success in professional play, placing in the top 100 at the 2012 PokerStars and Monte Carlo Casino EPT Grand Final Main Event as well as at the 2013 PokerStars.com EPT Berlin and London Events where she placed 54th and 64th respectfully. With a live cash record of $1,159,541, Naujoks is not only one of the most successful female players of the decade but is also ranked 35th on the Germany All Time Money List.

Top 3 Biggest Tournament Wins

Date | Location Tournament Name Winnings
March 10, 2009 – EPT – Dortmund € 5,000 +250 No Limit Hold’em € 917, 000 ($1,159,541)
October 10, 2008 - CAPT – Baden € 4,000 No Limit Hold’em € 174,500 ($240,289)
January 11, 2010 – NAPT – Paradise Island $25,000 + 500 No Limit Hold’em – High Roller $56,595