The World Poker Tour is well known for showing the best of the best at the final table – no matter the gender. But those representing a piece of their image has an entirely different view.
In Idaho, there is an organization called Win a Free Seat, Inc. Different pubs, bars, and restaurants become sponsors for holding Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments. Get first place in their yearly tournament and you’ll win a free $10,000 seat at the World Series of Poker play-offs. As for the nightly rewards for showing up to play, the top three players receive the sponsor’s choice of gift. Often, gift certificates of the sponsor’s establishment are given out. But one such sponsor (that I personally know of) had another idea.
Win first place? Why, choose your poison! Men’s t-shirt or men’s visor? Oh, what a steal! As far as the woman who won first place (this last Wednesday) at the location in question was concerned, it wasn’t much of anything besides a message that sure, she and her “girlfriends’ could play” – but yeah, don’t expect to win.
I realize this is a local issue at present – but it makes me wonder. How seriously are women taken when it comes to professional poker? Texas Hold ‘Em has become a craze that has infected so many that the media is licking it up. But are women given the chance to take the title because they’re thought of as equals” – or because they’re not considered real competition?