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
Lisa’s fresh off of a second place finish that netted her a career-high $200,310. The $1,675 no-limit hold ‘em event was held at Bally’s Las Vegas on March 4th, 2016 and Lisa had an exhilarating run to the final showdown. She was a big underdog when she went heads-up against Jason Wheeler and, unfortunately for Lisa, he made quick work of her and won the $323,236 first prize. Lisa has had several profitable finishes including a win at the $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold ‘em World Championship in 2009 which paid her $195,390. Her long dark hair and glowing smile are a distraction to some at the table but her opponents also need to remember that she is a great player that can make her own luck.
14 Kimberly Lansing
Kimberly Lansing has mixed two of her hottest passions together and built a solid career out of them. She graduated from USC with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and she began honing her poker skills at a young age. She plays poker, she writes about poker, and she talks about poker on television. Who wouldn’t want to watch this bombshell describe the proper way to play pocket rockets? She is as calm in front of the live television cameras as she is when she’s contemplating a pressure hand at the poker table. Her dark hair, white smile, and shapely figure will have the table calling her action just to see what she’s hiding. It’s no wonder that poker keeps getting more popular when a sexy woman like Kimberly Lansing is one of the faces of the game.
13 Fatima Moreira de Melo
To say Fatima Moreira de Melo is an accomplished woman would be an understatement. She won Olympic gold in 2008 as a member of the Dutch national field hockey team. She also won a bronze medal in 2000 and a silver medal in 2004. She graduated with a Master's Degree in Law in 2006 and has been a popular personality on Dutch television for several years. Fatima has added to her impressive resume by becoming a regular player on the European poker scene. The 37-year-old blonde belle is one of the most striking women in poker today and, incidentally, she looks very alluring in a bikini. She’s not just eye candy though. Fatima is always a serious threat to any player’s chip stack and she continues to make money and climb the rankings.
12 Vanessa Rousso
With over $3.5 million in poker winnings, Vanessa Rousso is a shark who ranks as one of the most profitable female career moneymakers. In Rousso’s earlier years, she showed that she had athletic talent. She has gone on to become on of the most successful women in professional poker. She is also one of the hottest women to ever play a hand. Her beauty has graced several magazines including Maxim and Sports Illustrated where she modelled for the Swimsuit Issue. Those photos are ‘must-see.’
11 Melanie Weisner
Fiery redhead Melanie Weisner made her bones in the world of online poker. She accumulated over $400,000 in online tournament winnings in university. After graduating from university in 2009, Melanie hit the live poker circuit where she continued to rake in the winnings with a series strong finishes. She has earned over $700,000 playing in live events, ranking her 39th on the Women’s All-Time tournament money list. Her biggest payday came in 2012 when she placed 2nd at the Grand Final in Monte Carlo netting her $51,820. It might be exciting to sit at her table but the 30-year-old hottie would likely take all of your chips and break your heart. It still sounds tempting.
10 Sandra Naujoks
Her deep blue eyes can melt steel and her luscious lips will make opponents forget that she is robbing them blind. After pursuing a wide range of career choices, Sandra Naujoks made the poker world take notice when she hit the tables as a pro in 2008. In her first five tournaments, Sandra finished no worse than 10th place and had two big first place finishes. Her biggest win came at the 2009 Pokerstars.com EPT German Open when she took home the nearly $1.2 million first prize. Her nickname is “Black Mamba” which is fitting for the dark-haired beauty. She can mortally wound any donkey with a quick and fatal strike.
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
This delicious vixen started out with dreams of rock-stardom which evolved into a desire to host a television game show. She was chosen, not as a host, but as a contestant on the reality television show Ultimatepoker.com Showdown. The premise of the show was turning beginner poker players into skilled card sharks. She had the luxury of being coached by poker heavyweights like Phil Hellmuth, Dave Ulliott, and the lovely Annie Duke. While Liv has been focusing on a career in television, she is also very active in various charity work. Of course, there is also demand for her in the modelling industry and Boeree has been happy to oblige to the delight of her fans. We look forward to seeing her back at the card table soon.
7 Jennifer Tilly
After a brief hiatus, Jennifer Tilly has made her return to the poker table. She has enjoyed a prosperous career as an actress, model, and poker player. Her on-screen persona often depicts her as a sweet, sexy and bubbly bimbo but don’t be fooled. Jennifer is a cold-blooded killer when she is playing poker. She won the 2005 WSOP Ladies No-Limit Hold ‘Em event and has been dating professional poker player Phil “The Unabomber” Laak. Because of this, she is now sometimes referred to as “The Unabombshell.” Here’s a real kicker, this voluptuous babe is 57-years-old. It is mind boggling that such a youthfully attractive and shapely woman is close to being eligible for the senior’s discount at Denny’s. Sunny-side-up eggs anyone?
6 Kellyann Heffernan
The thought of heads-up action with this blonde might seem attractive but it probably won’t have the anticipated happy ending. It’s fitting that when Kellyann was growing up she had dreams of being a shark biologist. She is now the shark that others at her table carefully study. Kellyann doesn’t see herself as a bimbo and she is determined to use her poker winnings to make a difference in the world. Wow!! Such altruism is rare these days.
5 Erica Schoenberg
This 38-year-old dazzler has been a mainstay on hot lists for a while now and it’s easy to see why. Erica Schoenberg was fortunate enough to have been trained in blackjack by a member of the infamous MIT Blackjack Team and she has competed in the World Series of Blackjack. She has earned just over $850,000 in live poker event through her relatively brief career. She is also one of the sexiest women sponsored by Full Tilt Poker. When she doesn’t have her steely poker face on, Erica can turn the world on with her smile. Her blonde hair and well-proportioned figure make her one of the sexiest female poker players this year.
4 Kara Scott
Canadian-born Kara Scott is one of many beautiful women in media that enjoy spending time at the poker table. While she is known more for her hot body and interviewing techniques, Kara has had some success at the poker table. She was just the second woman to ever cash in back-to-back WSOP Main Events after doing so in 2008 and 2009. Her poker career has flat-lined a bit but she keeps on playing despite being the target of some criticism over her playing abilities. She had her most lucrative payday in 2009 when she won $415,381 for her second place finish at the PaddyPowerPoker.com Irish Open. She went heads-up against Christer Johansson but failed to capture the $680,000 first prize.
3 Victoria “Vicky” Coren
Vicky was the first woman to ever win an event on the European Poker Tour. The writer turned media darling, turned poker pro is one smart cookie who has amassed nearly $2.5 million in poker winnings. While she is an avid poker player, she opted out of her Pokerstars endorsement in 2014 when the gaming site added an online casino. She didn’t want to be associated with an enterprise that could promote and exploit gambling addiction.
2 Christina Lindley
Christina started modeling at a young age and she found a lot of early success. She would later parlay that experience into somewhat of an acting career. The Writer’s Guild strike of 2007 temporarily put the curvaceous model/actress out of work so she needed to find something to fill in her days. It was during this time that she fell in love with poker. She began her road to poker greatness by involving herself in low-stakes games. She befriended several other poker players and when the Writer’s Guild strike ended, Christina discovered that her aspirations had changed. She decided to alter course and pursue poker full-time with a splash of modeling on the side.
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.