I say this because something interesting happens in the world of poker and particularly at the Mimi Tran, Cyndy Violette, Isabelle Mercier, Vanessa Rousso, Kristy Gazes, Kathy Liebert, Karina Jett, Evelyn Ng, Jennifer Leigh and that's it. If I'm lucky, there are maybe ten or twenty women - at the most - who I don't recognize. So that makes, let's see, 30 women in each tournament, max.
And yeah, that makes sense because women only make up about 50% of the world's population, and because women don't really care about money that much, and women aren't very good at playing with dudes' minds, and - wait a minute, why aren't there more women playing in these tournaments? I could understand if the field in the ladies tournament was a measly 50 or 100 competitors, but let me repeat this: there are going to be close to 1,000 entrants! Where are these women during the 44 other WSOP tournaments?
Now, I'm merely posing this question and definitely don't purport to have anything close to an answer to it, but I can try. Poker, while it only extremely vaguely resembles one, is being presented to the world as a sport. And yes, while there are definitely loads of female sports fans out there, sports are traditionally reserved for the men. So women who have an aversion to sports have a built in prejudice towards poker, when in reality it may be something they are completely built for.
Keeping with that theme, women are objectified in the poker world as they are in many other male dominated markets such as video games, cars and professional wrestling. In front of all of the poker room booths outside the tournament area, be it DoylesRoom.com, Full Tilt Poker, UltimateBet, or Absolute Poker, there are scantily clad women propped at the entrance, using nothing but their looks to lure in wide-eyed poker groupies. As long as this chauvinistic aspect of poker exists, women will feel an aversion to the game.
Although there's definitely been a notable absence of women in this year's WSOP, I will present this fact. Women have already cashed 45 times in the twelve events that have finished up so far, and two have made it to final tables. While that may not sound terribly impressive, considering the number of women who have been entering, it is a very solid showing.