The Women in Poker Hall of Fame (WiPHoF) is comprised of people in the poker industry and others who share the goal of celebrating and honoring women in poker. Each year, since its charter induction in 2008, WiPHoF has held an Induction Ceremony and Tournament Celebration and 2014 will continue the tradition.
The 2014 Women in Poker Hall of Fame Luncheon and Ceremony will be hosted by the Golden Nugget Casino from 11 AM to 2 PM in the Augusta/Pebble Beach Ballrooms with a "surprise keynote speaker for your enjoyment!"
The WiPHoF induction ceremony and luncheon starts in the Golden Nugget Augusta Pebbles Ballrooms — tickets are $40 per person.
The 2014 inductees will have a big bulls-eye on their head when they attend a No Limit Hold'em Bounty Tournament. The $100 + $25 WiPHoF Celebration Bounty Tournament is open to the public and kicks off at 5 PM. Knock out an inductee — collect one of the great prizes on hand.
The 2014 WiPHoF Ballot:
Donna Blevins – Poker Player /Industry Professional:
Donna is a professional poker player, speaker, author and coach. New to poker in 1998, she became a poker journalist with Poker Digest and her column “Beginner’s Corner” for 5 years. She has been passionately involved with the poker industry ever since. She is currently a Poker MindSet Coach and operates a website BigGirlPoker.com.
Debbie Burkhead – Poker Player /Industry Professional:
Debbie has a long list of cashes totaling more $170,000 including several WSOP cashes. She has worked for Poker Digest and is now the National Sales Director of Poker Player Newspaper and a columnist. She also volunteers on the WiPHoF Board of Directors.
Deborah Giardina – Industry Professional
Deborah started her career over 25 years ago and has held many different positions in poker. Most notably, she was the Director of Poker Operations at Canterbury Park, MN, Wynn Las Vegas, and currently in Florida at BestBet Jacksonville and Orange Park Kennel Club. Thanks largely to Deborah, Bestbet Jacksonville is on the map as a world class poker room.
Ruth Hall – Poker Player
Ruth may be one of our least known candidates. However, she is a tireless volunteer in promoting women in poker. She has been a consistent winner in tournament play and has amassed a considerable resume on Hendon Mob. She volunteers in Texas to promote women in the game and helps bring their game to a higher level.
Esther Rossi – Poker Player
Esther has WSOP cashes in the ’80s, ’90s and ’00s, being the youngest female player with that distinction. She also won a Super Bowl of Poker title against open competition and has made 6 WSOP final tables against both ladies and open players. Esther is considered to be one of the best female stud players ever.
Allyn Jaffrey Shulman – Poker Player
Allyn is a very well-rounded player, with a consistent history of wins and cashes in tournaments amassing career tournament earnings of over $1.25 Million. In 2012, she won the largest WSOP Senior’s event by defeating 4,128 players for her first WSOP bracelet and over $600k. Since then, she has cashed in four 2013 WSOP events and no fewer than 17 other tournaments, including 1st place in the Venetian’s $5000 buy-in Main Event at the 2013 Deep Stacks Extravaganza III for a win of nearly $300k.
Jennifer Tilly – Poker Player
Academy Award nominated actress Jennifer Tilly may be the most visible female poker celebrity in the world. After her 2005 World Series of Poker victory in the Ladies event, she went on to win the WPT Ladies Night a few months later. Traveling the world playing poker she has amassed over $850,000 in cashes. Jennifer is known in the poker world as the “UniBombshell” as a takeoff from boyfriend Phil Laak’s nickname “UniBomber”.
All the fun and excitement kicks off on June 25th, 2014, at 11 AM with a Red Carpet Walk and Silent Auction to raise funds for the WiPHoF's charity of choice — Poker Gives! Then, at noon, the WiPHoF Induction Luncheon Ceremony begins. And then the fireworks start with the Bounty Poker Tournament!
Criteria for being an eligible candidate for induction:
- 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.
- 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.
- Player/industry leader must be a proponent of women in poker.
- All nominees must be approved by a committee of the Board of Directors and the Inductees.
- Nominees must agree to terms & conditions of the Women in Poker Hall of Fame.
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Biographies and images of candidates courtesy of womenspokerhalloffame.com.