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WiPHoF Holds First Induction Ceremony at Binions

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The Women in Poker Hall of Fame (WiPHoF) held its first induction ceremony on Saturday, February 2nd at Binion’s in downtown Las Vegas. The first four women to be inducted were Barbara Enright, Linda Johnson, Marsha Waggoner, and Susie Isaacs.

Upstairs in Benny’s Bullpen at the famous casino, the ceremony got underway with approximately 180 people in attendance. The luncheon started and numerous speakers took to the podium, with Mike Sexton as the master of ceremonies.

Margie Heintz, the first woman to deal at a World Series of Poker tournament, spoke about some of the original female poker players, and Dianno Donofrio spoke about other women, such as the first assistant tournament director, Janis Sexton. And Lupe Soto, founder of Ladies International Poker Series (LIPS) and the Women in Poker Hall of Fame, discussed many of today’s top female poker pros and acknowledged their achievements. Jan Fisher was the keynote speaker and jokingly roasted and toasted the first four members of the WiPHoF.

WiPHoF board member Suzanne Carter introduced inductee Barbara Enright, who gladly and humbly accepted the honor of being in the Women Hall of Fame. Enright is the only woman to have ever won a WSOP open event bracelet and make the final table of the WSOP main event. She has also claimed two WSOP Ladies event bracelets and shows more than $1 million in tournament earnings throughout her long career in poker.

Maureen Feduniak then introduced Susie Isaacs, who was extremely thrilled to be inducted. Isaacs won the WSOP Ladies event two years in a row – 1996 and 1997 – and finished in 10th place at the WSOP main event in 1998. She has authored numerous poker-related books.

Allyn Jaffrey Shulman discussed the long career of the next recipient, Linda Johnson, who came to the stage and was clearly moved by the induction. Known in the poker world as the “First Lady of Poker,” Johnson has been the official announcer for the World Poker Tour since its inception, and she has been a key member of the Tournament Directors Association and the Poker Players Alliance. She also won a WSOP open event bracelet in 1997.

And last but not least, Karina Jett introduced Marsha Waggoner. After moving to the U.S. from Australia more than twenty years ago, Waggoner has been a staple in the poker industry and currently is the executive host for Hollywood Park Casino in Los Angeles.

Toward the end of the ceremony, Breast Cancer Angels chairperson Jacqueline Britton spoke to the crowd and thanked everyone for their contributions to the designated charity.

Wrapping up the festivities was a $560 no-limit hold’em poker tournament hosted by the WiPHoF – an open event that invited men and women to play. A total of 68 players took part, and top prize went to one of the day’s honorees, Barbara Enright.


The Women in Poker Hall of Fame is open to male and female members for a $75 fee, but only women who meet certain criteria can be inducted into the Hall of Fame. They must have been active as a player or industry leader for at least fifteen years, must have contributed to the poker industry in some significant way, and must be a proponent of ladies-only poker events. The WiPHoF hopes to bring awareness, respect, and recognition to women who meet the three criteria.

More information can be found at www.WomensPokerHallOfFame.com.

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