Women's poker academy to launch Saturday

Barbara Enright

The first all-women poker academy will get off the ground Saturday at Harrah's New Orleans with a free seminar taught by Barbara Enright.

The Women's Ultimate Poker Academy was established this year by Lisa Adams and Lauren Failla. The WUPA will be a women-only poker training academy taught by professional women poker players.

Participants will benefit from hand-by-hand instruction and individualized attention from the top female pros in the industry, and will also receive personal feedback from their instructor.

Some of the female pros tapped to teach along with Barbara Enright are Susie Isaacs, JJ Liu and Karina Jett.

Enright has three World Series of Poker bracelet wins on her resume, and her fifth-place finish in the 1995 WSOP Main event also makes her the top-placing female in that event. She has a laundry list of other cashes as well that add up to more than $1.3 million in winnings.

Isaacs holds two WSOP bracelets of her own, having conquered the Ladies event of the series twice. She and Enright are also two of the inaugural inductees into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame.

Liu is well on her way to Hall of Fame status as well. She doesn't yet have a WSOP bracelet, but she won a World Poker Tour Ladies Night title, and is also the top-placing female in a WPT main event, with a second-place finish.

She's got nearly $1.8 million in tournament winnings to her name from various tournaments around the world.

Karina Jett hasn't yet picked up a major poker win, but she's got a lot of WSOP cashes to prove her poker mettle. She has five WSOP event cashes as well as cashes in tournaments all over the world.

And these are just a few of the female pros who could potentially be teaching WUPA participants winning strategies for poker.

On Saturday, female poker fans can get a taste of what's in store for them at the academies with a free, three-hour teaching seminar with Enright at Harrah's New Orleans.

The next WUPA sessions will take place March 6-7 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The cost for the two-day academy is $1,295 and includes entry into the High Heels Poker Tour event on March 8 at noon at the Hard Rock.

Participants will also receive promotional giveaways, prizes and more.

For more information, email info@womensultimatepokeracademy.com.


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