June 23, 2010

Not all Girls are Created Equal

In the expansive realm of female identity, I imagine that being a poker player pops up on the radar about as often a being a fire fighter.  Not having much, if any, contact with other serious female players makes me wonder what brings them to the table.  It also makes me wonder what keeps them away.  Is the nature of the game just better suited to the male psyche/societal grooming?  Do the women who play share some wild genetic mutation?  I think a lot of it is due to lack of exposure, although that's changing with the growing popularity of the game. 

What ever the case may be, this girl plays poker and likes it.

I don't have a drop of gambling blood in my body, so I might be doomed to be a low stakes player.  Never the less, I am setting out on a quest to move up as far as I can.  In my day to day life I consider myself a sensitive and creative pragmatist.  By definition there should be some fundamental conflicts with this, but I think it describes me like a well paired wine.  While both complementing and contrasting, my personality traits have been the glory of my game and the Achilles heal of my tilt.  Having played on and off for the last year and a half, I think I'm finally ready to make a committed run at reaching my full potential as a player. 

I hope that keeping this blog will help me with reflecting and keep me accountable for my intentions.  I also hope to meet some other female players along the way.  I recently watched the Coaching Kristy series and was really able to relate to the emotional and analytical hurtles she was going through as she moved up the ranks.  I hope that my journey can encourage other female players and help develop the female community out there. 

Where I am right now:

50NL 6max on Pokerstars (previously a full ring player but fell in love with 6 max)

How I've been doing this month so far:  I feel pretty good about my play so far this month.  I have made some clear mistakes along the way when I made the switch from 25NL to 50NL, but I am making less and less of those poor decisions.

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Posted By oopsipooped at 03:46 AM



RIGGED! posted on June 23, 2010 at 03:59 AM


Damn, nice graph.

bellatrix posted on June 23, 2010 at 04:00 AM


Hi, I'm bellatrix and I've been playing poker for a long time. I have written a bit about the topic if you wanna check out my blog: http://www.deucescracked.com/blogs/bellatrix
Here's to us women crushing :)

oopsipooped posted on June 23, 2010 at 04:37 AM


Hey, thank bellatrix. It's great to get a response from another woman right off the bat. I'll be checking out your blog for sure.

mitch posted on June 23, 2010 at 10:33 AM


I think women not playing as much would be for similar reasons that not many men are at ballet classes (which is mostly for the reasons you stated above). Nice blog :)

mitch posted on June 23, 2010 at 10:38 AM


Also maybe men are wired to in general get more... not sure of the word but lets go with "drive" to achieve solutions to problems (or problem solving). We're very "square shape goes in... square hole, yay!" creatures and poker is pretty much a bit bunch of problems to solve.

tmmoss posted on June 23, 2010 at 13:52 PM


"Damn, nice graph."


which posted on June 23, 2010 at 14:59 PM


19K hands already? Wow, just the volume alone would be a commitment!

Good luck!



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