Top Contenders for the 2016 Women in Poker Hall of Fame

Top Contenders for the 2016 Women in Poker Hall of Fame

- February 03, 2016

The Women in Poker Hall of Fame (WIPHOF) is now accepting nominations for its induction ceremony on 5 July 2016. New members and fans now have the opportunity to submit nominations of women they consider fit for the values that the hall embodies.

There’s been a buzz about who will make it to the hall—the women who are deemed worthy for induction into the WIPHOF. Here’s a list of the top contenders for the spots.

Betty Carey

There is a reason why WIPHOF inductee Linda Johnson called Betty Carey a “pioneer for women in poker”. Carey was one of the most ruthless poker players in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was known to play high stakes during a time where women at poker tables was still a foreign thought.

Her notable feats include winning 3rd in a $1k NL Event at the World Series of Poker and runner-up in a $1k PLO Event at the Jack Straus World Match Play Championships in 1983. A year later, she won both the $1,500 and $10,000 NL Events at the Celebrity Poker Classic in Las Vegas. After taking a sabbatical leave from playing, she finished 36th in a $3,000 NL Event at the 2008 World Series of Poker.

Mimi Tran

Mimi Tran’s poker career began in the late 1980’s. Rumour has it that Tran learned to play poker from Barry Greenstein. She was strictly a cash game player until Greenstein convinced her to join tournaments.

She may be best known from her final table run in the 2006 WPT World Poker Finals where she finished 3rd for over $472,000. Tran has earned over $1.6 million in live poker tournaments during her career. Tran usually joins live tournaments in Los Angeles, CA.

Lupe Soto

Lupe Soto’s contributions to the poker world make her a suitable candidate for the 2016 WIPHOF. She is known as the founder of the Ladies International Poker Series (LIPS) which is also the first major poker organisation for women. LIPS conduct poker tours around the US, providing venues for female players to expose themselves to live tournament play as well as build their network among other like-minded players.

Soto also founded the WIPHOF and sits as the Board’s Chair. Needless to say, her dedication and hard work count her as a deserving inductee for the WIPHOF.

Jennifer Tilly

Jennifer Tilly’s win in the 2005 WSOP Ladies Championship is considered to be a catalyst in women’s poker. The Ladies Event reportedly almost doubled the year after her victory, and since then, the attendance continued to grow.

To date, Tilly has earned $916,276 in live tournaments, and she has been featured on several TV poker shows. Her recent appearance is on Poker Night in America.

Nani Dollison

During her live tournament run from 1998 through 2009, Nani Dollison was one of the most respected players with major event victories around the United States. She is notable for being one of the two women in history to win the Ladies Championship in back-to-back years (2000 and 2001).

Dollison has largely retired from tournament play, and has $776,992 in live tournament earnings.

Kara Scott

Kara Scott is a viable candidate for the WIPHOF due to her contributions as a player and as a TV host for various poker tournaments. As a TV host, Scott has worked for Poker Night Live, Sky Poker, European Poker Tour and ESPN’s World Series of Poker broadcasts.

As a player, Scott is notable for becoming the only woman to cash in the WSOP main event in consecutive years (2008 and 2009). The largest score of her career is $413,612, and she has over $643,000 in tournament earnings.

Victoria Coren Mitchell

Victoria Coren Mitchell is known as the first woman in history to win the European Poker Tour. In 2006, she won the EPT London Main Event for over $941,000. Mitchell is also the first person in history to win two EPT titles when she won over $660,000 in the 2014 EPT Sanremo Main Event.

Mitchell has $2.46 million of career earnings. She ranks 29th on England’s All-Time Money List and 9th on the Women’s All-Time Money List.

Shirley Rosario

Since the beginning of the Poker Boom, Shirley Rosario has been advocating for women in poker. Rosario launched and operated—a site which provided details regarding female professional players.

Rosario is known as one of the best mixed game players on the West Coast circuit. Her notable winnings include the $500 Omaha Hi-Lo Event at the 2005 Legends of Poker as well as the $330 and $1,000 H.O.R.S.E. Events at the California State Poker Championships.

Karina Jett

Even without a major poker championship bracelet, Karen Jett can still be considered as one of the most successful female poker players. In her career, Jett has made the final table of the Ladies World Championship at the World Series of Poker three times.

Jett has over $489,000 live tournament earnings, and she currently sits as a board member of the WIPHOF.

Women in Poker Hall of Fame Inductees

When the WIPHOF was formed in 2008, induction ceremonies were held annually until 2012. Every two years, the Women in Poker Hall of Fame selects among the ranks of women poker players and female industry leaders. Here are the inductees since 2008:

Year InductedNameCountry of Origin
2008Barbara EnrightUSA
2008Linda JohnsonUSA
2008Marsha WaggonerAustralia
2008Susie IsaacsUSA
2009Cyndy VioletteUSA
2009Jan FisherUSA
2009June FieldUSA
2010Billie BrownUSA
2010Jennifer HarmanUSA
2010Kathy LiebertUSA
2011Kristy GazesUSA
2011Margie HeintzUSA
2011Phyllis CaroUSA
2012JJ LuiTaiwan
2012Kathy RaymondUSA
2014Allyn Jaffrey ShulmanUSA
2014Deborah GiardinaUSA

More information about the past inductees can be found on WIPHOF’s site.

Requirements for Nominations

Women who are considered to receive induction into the WIPHOF are required to meet five requirements laid out by the board. Here are as follows:

  1. A candidate must have been active as a player or industry leader for a minimum of 10 years prior to election and 35 yrs of age or older.
  2. Player/industry leader must have contributed to the world of poker in some significant way. This person can qualify by either winning major poker tournaments, or by making significant contributions to the industry of poker.
  3. Player/industry leader must be a proponent of women in poker.
  4. All nominees must be approved by a committee of the Board of Directors and the Inductees.
  5. Nominees must agree to terms & conditions of the Women in Poker Hall of Fame.

Selection Process

Anyone can submit nominations to the WIPHOF. The list of potential nominees will then be screened by the members of WIPHOF. They will evaluate the nominees’ qualifications and narrow them down to a list of finalists. After that, the panel which is comprised of current members of the Women in Poker Hall of Fame, the Board of Directors and selected media members will select the new inductees.

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