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September Ceremony and Festivities to Honor Women in Poker Inductees

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The Women in Poker Hall of Fame took a new angle with its nomination process in 2010, inviting the public to vote for the women they feel should be inducted. And when the voting was closed in August and WiPHoF members reviewed the list for their final selections, there were three women picked to receive 2010 honors: Kathy Liebert, Jennifer Harman, and Billie Brown. They will join past honorees Jan Fisher, Cyndy Violette, June Field, Barbara Enright, Linda Johnson, Susie Isaacs, and Marsha Waggoner in the WiPHoF.

There were ten women on the original ballot for public voting, though Billie Brown was not one of them. However, upon further consideration, there were ample reasons to include the now-deceased Brown with top vote-getters Liebert and Harman. All three women ultimately voted in met the three requirements for inductees, the first being an active member of the poker industry for at least 15 years, the second being a significant contribution to the world of poker, and the third being a proponent of women’s poker whether or not they play in ladies-only poker events.

Brown wore many hats during her lifetime, as a model, fashion show coordinator, and educator to name a few, but it was her role in the world of poker that warranted recognition by the WiPHoF. She not only played poker, but she worked for casinos in Los Angeles and Las Vegas to create tournaments and promotions that would bring more players to the games. She used the idea of a guaranteed prize pool and attracted players to tournaments with various marketing campaigns, including ones that drew women to ladies events like the California State Ladies Poker Championship.

Harman is one of the most well-known poker players in the world, as she has been playing since she was of age to do so. She is recognized for her high-stakes cash game play with some of the best players in the world, most notably being a regular participant in the games held in Bobby’s Room at the Bellagio in Las Vegas with notables like Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, and Phil Ivey. But her tournament play is also distinguished, as she holds two World Series of Poker bracelets and has accumulated more than $2.6 million in earnings through the years.

Liebert is known for her business savvy and many years in the poker industry as a solid tournament player. Her live poker tournament accomplishments date back to 1994 and include numerous final tables in events like the World Series of Poker, one of which was her first bracelet in 2004, and the World Poker Tour. Her tournament earnings have surpassed the $5.7 million mark and continue to rise as she competes at the highest levels of the game.

All three women will be honored at the WiPHoF ceremony on Friday, September 3 at the Golden Nugget Casino in Downtown Las Vegas. The festivities will kick off at 6:00pm with a red carpet welcome, cocktails, a silent auction to raise money for PokerGives, and dinner and dancing. Tickets, of which a portion are donated to PokerGives, are available to the public and can be purchased on the WiPHoF.com website for $75 or $90 at the door.

The rest of the weekend will host other activities as well. The US Ladies Poker Championship will be held at the Golden Nugget on Saturday, September 4, and the two-day no-limit holdem tournament will require a $500 + $50 buy-in, though there will also be a $200 + $25 tournament later in the day. And the following day, there will be a $225 charity tournament with 50% of the buy-ins going to PokerGives organizations, such as the Fallen Heroes Fund, Special Olympics, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and Step by Step Foundation.

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