Question: What’s the difference between a large pizza and a poker player?
Answer: The large pizza can feed a family of four.
This anecdote certainly applies to many, but definitely not all poker players. Some poker players make a very comfortable living. Over the past several years, poker’s popularity has grown to an all-time high. Most people have seen a few exciting hands play out on television and thought “I can do that.” Beware; it’s not as easy as it looks. Sure, almost anyone with a chip and a chair can get in on the action, but there is much more to poker than wearing big sunglasses, hiding one’s face and knowing the rules. One of the attractive things about poker is that it is accessible to almost everyone. In casinos, card rooms or in private homes, there is a game going on at any given time. There are also massive amounts of resources that people can use to learn the ropes and sharpen their game.
The explosion and even easier access to online poker has introduced countless Doyle Brunson and Annie Duke wannabes. Caution must be taken though. For every successful poker player, there are thousands of losers. Many of today’s top players started out anonymously checking, raising and bluffing in front of their computer screens. The more established sites will have tens of thousands of player’s playing at all times of the day. While some governments have tried to stop online poker, it has proven a nearly impossible task.
In the days of old, it was considered “unladylike” for a woman to be seen at a poker table. That stereotype was shattered long ago and has given way to an ever-expanding generation of female card sharks. To celebrate women in poker, here are, in no particular order, the 15 sexiest female poker players today.
15 Lisa Hamilton
14 Kimberly Lansing
13 Fatima Moreira de Melo
12 Vanessa Rousso
11 Melanie Weisner
10 Sandra Naujoks
9 Lauren Kling
Lovely Lauren Kling can get her opponent’s temperatures rising when she sits down at a table. Like many of today’s top poker players, the shapely blonde honed her skills online before making the jump to live play. She uses her sharp analytical abilities to quickly assess any given situation. She knows when someone is sizing up her stacks. Kling has taken her business skills to New York City where she created a company that makes raw-vegan protein bar. She has also appeared as an analyst for WSOP. Her business skill, beauty, and poker sense will likely lead to many more victories.
8 Liv Boeree
7 Jennifer Tilly
6 Kellyann Heffernan
5 Erica Schoenberg
4 Kara Scott
3 Victoria “Vicky” Coren
2 Christina Lindley
1 Maria Ho
Born in Taipei, Maria Ho is one of the most recognizable faces in poker today. She has amassed over $1.8 million while playing at poker tables around the world. She has cashed in at multiple WSOP events and is a fixture at many final tables. When she isn’t beating up on fish at the poker table she can be seen on television where she has had a variety of gigs ranging from commentating, hosting and competing on such shows as American Idol and The Amazing Race. The 33-year-old Maria is indeed one sexy and busy bee.
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