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Tyner Launches Ladies Diamond Poker Club

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Poker games and leagues established exclusively for women have been attempted for years, some with success and others without the momentum to continue for any length of time. But Nancy Todd Tyner believes she has come up with a league that encompasses many of the needs and wants of women in poker. On that basis, she partnered with marketing pro John George to recently introduce the Ladies Diamond Poker Club (LDPC).

Tyner has enjoyed poker for many years but only recently made herself known to the poker community by winning the 2008 World Poker Tour Ladies Championship, gaining a seat to the invitational event through a victory in the corresponding ladies-only tournament. Since that time, she cashed three times at the 2008 World Series of Poker, finished in 21st place at the 2009 WPT L.A. Poker Classic, and made a final table at a preliminary event at the 2009 Five Star World Poker Classic at Bellagio. Her career tournament winnings boast of more than $235,000, and she continues to increase her presence on the live tournament circuit.

Her focus on ladies tournaments prompted her to launch the LDPC to cater to players like her. “Poker is not just for men anymore,” Tyner, co-founder and chairperson of the organization, said, “Poker continues to be one of the fastest growing games in America and LDPC recognized that women are actually the fastest growing demographic in the game of poker. The LDPC tournaments are a place where ladies can play, learn and have fun at events catering to women.”

What makes the LDPC unique in the ladies-only tournament arena is the prize structure, which is set up so that about 50 percent of the players cash in the tournaments. In addition, there are bonuses established for the first woman to be eliminated from the event, such as an autographed DVD of Tyner’s WPT ladies event victory, and Four Queens bonuses for some players. In fact, the website states that 100 percent of the players in LDPC tournaments will win something, as there are numerous giveaways and prize opportunities.

Another aspect to the LDPC tournaments is charitable, as players agree to give $1 from each registration to a group of organizations taken on by the LDPC. The three non-profits listed on the website are the Children’s Heart Institute Fund to help children with congenital heart defects, the Hat Box Foundation to donate handmade hats to people fighting cancer and similar illnesses, and the Hayden Scholarship Foundation that was set up by Tyner herself as a dedication and honor to her deceased son by giving children greater access to education.

The first tournament just took place on Mother’s Day at the Peppermill Resort Casino in Reno for a $125 buy-in, and the second is set to run on May 16 at Tulalip Resort Casino in Washington State, also with a $125 buy-in. Tyner commented, “Our tournaments will be starting on the West Coast and moving across the country.”

Registering on the LDPC website gives members the opportunity to be the first to learn about upcoming tournaments and receive special member discounts.

The mission is to bring more women into poker through providing a comfortable environment. The website states, “Ladies Diamond Poker Club believes that every tournament should be full of fun & entertainment and that nobody should walk away empty-handed. That’s why our ladies poker tours aren’t just tournaments, they’re events!”

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