Woman Poker Player Magazine recently announced the winners of the First Annual Poker Maven Awards. Created to recognize the achievements of women in the poker industry and heighten the profile of women in poker on a global scale, the Poker Maven Awards are designed to show what can be accomplished when people are aware and work together. The whole message isn't about poker, it's about a movement, an open statement of a new horizon that everyone needs to recognize because it is the future and the role women play in building it.
The 2010 Maven Award categories and winners:
Best Role Model for Women Jennifer Harman
Female Who Most Excels at Encouraging and Promoting Women in Poker Linda Johnson
Most Female-Friendly Online Poker Room Poker Stars
Most Female-Friendly Poker Room The Venetian in Las Vegas
Best Overall Tournament Series World Series of Poker
Best Ladies-Only Poker Tournament WSOP Ladies Event
Most Appealing Marketing Campaign Aimed at Women Big Slick Poker Boot Camp
Most Encouraging Poker Forum Two Plus Two
Favorite Female Blogger or Poker Writer Katie Dozier
Female Humanitarian Liz Lieu
Most Notable Female Performance Annette Obrestad
Top Female Media Personality Kara Scott
Most Notable Up and Coming Female Player Vanessa Selbst
Female Player of the Year Vanessa Rousso
Based on the number of nominations received, three nominees were named in each category with more than 3,000 nominations made and more than 12,000 votes cast.
“I wanted to do something to push the poker industry to start thinking more about the women who play.” said Maryann Morrison, editing manager of Woman Poker Player. “It equates to the recognition and support of women, their potential, and their advancement in this industry.”
Poker is a universal melting pot. Poker brings together one of the most diverse groups of people and unites them for a common goal as they sit side by side, hour after hour, and learn to cope with frustration and triumph just like any other segment of life - only better - if you lose today, you learn from your mistakes and come back to play again. Poker is everyone's game!
Join PokerStars and Woman Poker Player Magazine in a celebration of the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day in a Freeroll that everyone can join into! The freeroll has a cash prize pool of $200 with other gifts donated by great sponsors for this charity event. There are optional unlimited $5 rebuys until first break and a $5 add on. Half of the cash prize pool will go to support Women for Women International. The free tournament and celebration will be held on March 8th at 8:30 p.m. EST. International Women's Day celebrates many things and has a special meaning to men and women all over the world. Find out more here...