Top Female Poker Players in 2016

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. 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 - $9,645,067
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. She has won main events on the Partouche Poker Tour - for a career-high $1.8m - and North American Poker Tour and has two World Series of Poker bracelets. Selbst also has two World Poker Tour final tables to her name, and shone at this year's PCA with two final table finishes, each worth more than $600,000.

Top 3 Biggest Tournament Wins as of (2/1/2015)

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 - $5,914,671

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.

Top 3 Biggest Tournament Wins as of (2/1/2015)

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.

Top 3 Biggest Tournament Wins as of (2/1/2015)

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 - $3,910,678

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 and at the Aussie Millions, while last year she finished in the top 100 at the World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas.

Top 3 Biggest Tournament Wins as of (2/1/2015)

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

Few female players have been as consistent as Rousso over the last decade. The American poker pro recorded multiple six-figure scores in 2006, 2009 and 2011, and continues to be a formidable opponent to this day. The 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 for more than $700,000.

Top 3 Biggest Tournament Wins as of (2/1/2015)

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. Joanne 'JJ' Liu - $2,707,525

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. The Californian 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.

Top 3 Biggest Tournament Wins as of (2/1/2015)

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.

Top 3 Biggest Tournament Wins as of (2/1/2015)

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

8. Liv Boeree - $2,447,048

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

One of the youngest members of the list, Boeree is still in her twenties but already has an impressive portfolio of results both live and online. 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. That 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.

Top 3 Biggest Tournament Wins as of (2/1/2015)

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)

9. Sandra Naujoks - $1,789,239

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.

Top 3 Biggest Tournament Wins as of (2/1/2015)

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

10. Victoria Coren - $1,745,177

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 for more than $900,000. Her three six-figure scores have all come in the UK, but she has also had repeated success in Monaco and the Bahamas, twice making the money in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.

Top 3 Biggest Tournament Wins as of (2/1/2015)

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)

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