While more and more women become involved in poker events every year, there are still very few female pros competing in major events and getting the recognition they deserve.
Only three women have been inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame, and only two got into GPI's ranking of the top 100 players in 2020.
And even though they are not as renowned as their male counterparts, these women can easily go head-to-head with the best online poker players out there. Now is the time to pay respect to the top women in poker and acknowledge all their achievements!
In this article, we will take a look at the list of most successful women poker players published by the Global Poker Index (GPI). The ranking takes into account the results of major tournaments and how recent they are. Are you ready to learn all about the top ladies in poker?
Top 4 Women in Poker
- Kristen Bicknell – The Canadian poker pro might be only 34 years old, but she is one of the most successful players out there. She is currently ranked 16th on GPI's top 100 list, after winning more than $5m in live events throughout her career. And not surprisingly, amongst female players, she is ranked first. Over the years, she won 3 WSOP bracelets and has 33 money finishes under her belt.
While she started playing online poker in 2006, her big break came almost five years later. It is being estimated that between 2011 and 2013, she played an average of 2.5 million hands per year, which shows her dedication. Isn't that a trait to be admired?
- Nadya Magnus - Ranked 52nd on the general GPI list, and 2nd on the women's list, Magnus is also considered a highly successful player in the industry. She hasn't won any bracelets or World Poker Tour championships, but she did have plenty of WSOP money finishes, and she got to the final table at one World Poker Tour event.
Over the years, she earned more than $840,000 in major live events, and 2020 was a particularly lucrative year for this poker pro.
- Maria Lampropulos – This poker pro from Argentina now resides in the UK. And even though she is young and has had a fairly short poker career so far, it was quite a successful one. Over the years, she earned more than $3,300,000 while participating in live events, which landed her in the third spot on GPI's top women's list.
Her general GPI ranking now stands at #119, as she wasn't all that active during 2020 But in 2017 and 2018, Lampropulos's most lucrative years, she got up to a #40 ranking.
- Maria Ho – The 37-year-old poker pro is a well-known figure in the industry, even though 2020 wasn't her best year. Throughout her career, she won more than $3,940,000 in live events. That put her in 56th place on GPI's general list a few years ago. Since then, she dropped to the #183 position, but her achievements still deserve some respect.
Ho won one World Poker Tour title, sat at four final tables, and had 63 WSOP money finishes as of 2019. Many of you might recognize her as a host and commentator, as she often covered popular poker events – and did it well.
Women have been working hard to be taken seriously when sitting at poker tables, and their effort is paying off. And yet, there is still a long way to go before women might get accepted at poker tables without question. Let's hope that day comes sooner rather than later!