Best Female Poker Players 2020

We’ve listed the top 10 female poker players, including what tournaments they won and how many millions they pocketed as a result. We’ve also worked out what they could buy with their winnings, and the results are unbelievable!

Check out our list of the Best Male Poker Players, too.

1. Vanessa Selbst - $11,851,382
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 Paradise Island $25,000 + 500 No Limit Hold'em – High Roller Pokerstars $1,424,420
September 2, 2010 Cannes £7,750 + 750 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event Partouch $1,000,000
May 27, 2014 Las Vegas $25,000 No Limit Hold'em – Mixed Max WSOP $871,148

2. Kathy Liebert - $6,236,222

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 Cruise $8,000 Limit Hold'em Party Poker $1,000,000
March 16,2009 San Jose $9,500 + 500 No Limit Hold'em WPT $550,000
September 19, 2005 Atlantic City $9,700 + 300 Championship Event - No Limit Hold'em WPT $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 Las Vegas No Limit Hold'em – Tournament of Champions WSOP $2,000,000
March 5, 2010 Las Vegas $20,000 No Limit Hold'em NBC Heads-Up Championship $500,000
November 13, 2004 Mashantucket $10,000 + 200 No Limit Hold'em Final Day WPT $166,478

4. Annette Obrestad - $3,942,232

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

5. Liv Boeree - $3,852,996

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

6. Vanessa Rousso - $3,554,327

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 Monte Carlo £25,000 + 500 European High Roller Championship - No Limit Hold'em EPT $700,160
December 3, 2010 Las Vegas $10,000 + 30 No Limit Hold'em – Championship Event WPT $358,964
September 13, 2006 Altantic City $5,000 + 200 No Limit Hold'em WPT $285,450

7. Joanne 'JJ' Liu - $3,230,438

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 San Jose $9,600 + 400 WPT Championship Event - No Limit Hold'em WPT $600,000
December 12, 2005 Las Vegas $15,000 + 300 Main Event - No Limit Hold'em WPT $362,140
May 24, 2014 Macau HK$ 100,000 No Limit Hold'em – High Roller APPT $182,135

8. Maria Constanza Lampropulos - $3,012,771

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

Despite only having been a part of the professional poker scene since 2014, it's clear that this is exactly where Maria Lampropulos belongs. Shortly after getting stuck into No Limit Hold'em Games, Maria found herself coming 1st in back-to-back events: $600 No Limit Hold'em Turbo Freezeout at the 2015 LAPT and €200 + 20 No Limit Hold'em Accumulator Turbo Heat at the 2015 partypoker WPT.

Since then, Lampropulos has had success after success, the biggest being her win in Nottingham over 7,000 other entrants. This was closely followed by her historic victory at Paradise Island, becoming the first ever woman to claim the main event title.

Top 3 Biggest Tournament Wins

Date | Location Tournament Name Winnings
April 18, 2017 Nottingham £5,000 + 300 No Limit Hold'em partypoker $1,255,004
January 8, 2018 Paradise Island $9,700 + 600 #7 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event PCA $1,081,100
March 4, 2016 Rozvadov €1,000 + 100 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event EUREKA $103,907

9. Maria Ho - $2,994,845

Victoria Coren
Source - pokersites.com
Twitter - @MariaHo

Having been a part of the professional poker scene for close to 15 years, it's safe to say that Maria Ho is a force to be reckoned with. Her career properly kicked off with a win at the 2007 WSOP – as the last woman standing, she brought home a huge $237,865 for coming 38th.

Over the years, Ho has continued to enjoy huge cash wins such as her 8 cash wins at the 2014 WSOP and the 6th place final table finish at the 2017 WSOPE.

Top 3 Biggest Tournament Wins

Date | Location Tournament Name Winnings
June 2, 2011 Las Vegas $5,000 No Limit Hold'em WSOP $540,020
July 6, 2007 Las Vegas $10,000 World Championship No Limit Hold'em WSOP $237,865
November 4, 2017 Rozvadov €10,300 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event WSOPE $202,875

10. Loni Harwood - $2,923,298

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

Having received her initial poker training from her father, Joe Harwood, it's no surprise that Loni has gone on to take the poker tournament world by storm. Harwood got off to a rolling start when she won two WSOP circuit rings in 2012, one of which was her first ever WSOP Circuit event.

at the 2013 WSOP as only the 2nd woman to make three final tables and win a bracelet. These wins, along with many other cash wins, have propelled her into the millions and onto our Top Players list.

Top 3 Biggest Tournament Wins

Date | Location Tournament Name Winnings
July 5, 2013 Las Vegas 1,500 No Limit Hold'em WSOP $609,017
April 4, 2017 Hollywood $25,500 No Limit Hold'em High-Roller Poker Showdown $348,000
July 29, 2015 National Championship - North Carolina $10,000 No Limit Hold'em WSOP $341,599

What Can Their Bankroll Buy?

Rank
Poker Player & Amount Won
That’s enough money to…
Vanessa Selbst
Vanessa Selbst $11,851,382
ship
Spend the rest of her life
sailing the world
on a luxury cruise
Kathy Liebert
Kathy Liebert $6,236,222
car car
Buy a $32,000 car
in every country
in the world
Annie Duke
Annie Duke $4,270,549
mercedes

Buy a

for herself and 126 of her

closest friends

Annette Obrestad
Annette Obrestad $3,942,232
cartier-watch

Buy 600

watches

Liv Boeree
Liv Boeree $3,852,996
Can buy 8981 tickets to COACHELLA fans
Vanessa Rousso
Vanessa Rousso $3,554,327
space
Fly to space
14 times
Joanne 'JJ' Liu
Joanne 'JJ' Liu $3,230,438
Can buy 1300 Superbowl Tickets
Maria Constanza Lampropulos
Maria Constanza Lampropulos $3,012,771
doubleburger
Order 449,667

Double Burger
Combos

from In-N-Out

Maria Ho
Maria Ho $2,994,845
hotel hotel

Stay at Vegas' 5*

Hotel

every night

for 41 years

Loni Harwood
Loni Harwood $2,923,298
islends

Buy and relax

on around

five private islands

The Big One for One Drop

Big One for One Drop logoThe Big One for One Drop was a poker tournament held at the 2012 World Series of Poker, with an entry fee of $1m. It was established by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte, with $111,111 from each entry going to the One Drop Foundation, a charity which works to ensure safe and clean water is available to everyone in the world.

The tournament affects the all-time money rankings, with three players on this list earning their biggest career score in the Big One for One Drop.

EPT Main Event

European Poker Tour logoThe EPT Main Event is the primary event of the regular European Poker Tour held throughout August. The EPT began in 2004, and has since come under the ownership of Pokerstars.

The last instance of this event was in 2016, where it was held in Spain's Casino Barcelona with a €5,300 buy-in fee and a prize pool of €8,657,250. Poland's Sebastian Malec, winner of 2016's Main Event, walked away with €1,122,800.

World Series of Poker

World Series of PokerThe The World Series of Poker is an annual set of tournaments held in Las Vegas. One of the oldest ongoing poker tournaments (given its founding in the 1970s by Benny Binion), the WSOP also remains one of the most renowned tournaments in the world.

WSOP is also how poker players earn the World Series of Poker bracelet - an accolade seriously respected and coveted throughout the poker world. Only 74 of these bracelets were awarded in 2017, with nearly a thousand having been handed out since WSOP began. The buy-in for the World Series tends to vary, the amount for the main event is $10,000.

WSOP Europe

World Series of Poker Europe logoSeries of Poker's European counterpart is the first expansion of a few in the WSOP family. The first of these was held in London in 2007 - the first time a World Series of Poker event was held outside of Las Vegas. The buy-in for this was £10,000 and won by Norwegian Annette Obrestrad.

Winners of WSOPE can, like in its Vegas progenitor, win the coveted WSOP bracelet - there are were eleven 11 of these set to be awarded in at WSOPE's 2017 event in the Czech Republic.