Top 10 Richest Female Poker Players

Worlds richest female Poker player Vanessa Selbst

Lillie Mcguire
Posted on July 28, 2019 at 12:07pm

In the early days of the most famous card game family, women were conspicuous by their absence. That began to change in the 1970s, and as the 10 richest female Poker players prove, they now are more than a force to be reckoned with.

While it is ridiculous to think that the first Women’s World Open took place in 2007, the top female Poker players of today point to a bigger, brighter future for the game.

10. Loni Harwood

The daughter of pro player Joel Harwood, Loni Harwood learned the basics simply by watching her father play the game online. She obtained a finance degree from Albany University in 2012.

She won 2 World Series of Poker circuit rings that same year, and went on to win a bracelet after 3 final tables at the following year’s WSOP. Her total winnings thus far amount to US$2,923,298.00.

9. Maria Ho

In 9th place among the 10 richest female Poker players, Taiwanese-American Maria Ho has played at a professional level for 15 years. Ho first attracted attention when she placed 38th at the 2007 WSOP and won US$237,865.00.

She went on to sit at 5 final tables on the World Poker Tour, made 8 wins at WSOP 2014, and placed 6th in a final table finish at WSOPE 2017. Ho’s career has seen 54 WSOP cashes. Her total winnings amount to approximately US$2,994,845.00.

8. Maria Lampropulos

Maria Lampropulos Focused on poker game

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Maria Lampropulos entered the world of professional Poker in 2014. She started out in No Limit Hold’em games, and went on to claim victory in Nottingham and at Paradise Island.

The latter win brought with it the honour of becoming the first female player to take the title at the main event. Lampropulos’ total winnings are at US$3,012,771.00.

7. Joanne JJ Liu

Also known as JJ, Hall of Fame inductee Joanne Liu ranks 7th among the top female Poker players in terms of earnings. Born in Taiwan, Liu now lives in California, USA.

She was the runner-up at the 2004 World Poker Tour Bay 101 tournament. The following year saw her place 4th at the Five Diamond World Poker Classic. In 2007, she was runner-up at the Bay 101 Shooting Stars event. One of Liu’s most impressive wins was her first-place spot at the US$1,100 No Limit Hold’em – 10 Hour Ironman event in 2017. Her total winnings thus far are US$3,230,438.00.  

6. Vanessa Rousso

Vanessa Rousso retired from the pro circuit in 2013. Even so, she remains one of the richest female Poker players.

The most impressive wins of her career, which saw a total of 2 WPT final tables and 17 WSOP money finishes, took place in 2006, 2009, 2010, and 2011. The best of those was her 2009 high-roller championship win at the EPT Grand Final in Monaco. Her total winnings amounted to US$3,554,327.00.

5. Liv Boeree

Liv Boeree rakes in the cash

Nicknamed the Iron Maiden, Liv Boeree is a British professional player who also has a degree in astrophysics. Her first big win happened at 2010’s EPT Sanremo, but she also has put in sterling performances at WSOP main events in Cannes and Las Vegas, as well as London’s PokerStars Festival’s high roller event.

One of the top female Poker players, her total winnings come in at US$3,852,996.00.

4. Annette Obrestad

Norwegian Annette Obrestad had not even celebrated her 20th birthday when she won more than US$2 million at the first WSOPE in 2007. She also has enjoyed impressive results at European Poker Tour final tables, WSOP main events, and even at the 2010 Aussie Millions.

Her total winnings of US$3,942,232.00 put her in 4th place.

3. Annie Duke

The legendary Annie Duke

Also known as the Duchess of Poker, Annie Duke has some impressive wins under her belt. Among them are a WSOP bracelet, the 2004 WSOP Tournament of Champions, in which her brother Howard Lederer also played, and the 2010 NBC National Heads-Up championship.

Duke has not played in live tournaments since she became the first – and only – woman to win the Heads-Up championship. With total winnings of US$4,270,549.00, she remains one of the richest female Poker players.

2. Kathleen Liebert        

Better known as Kathy, Kathleen Liebert is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. She made her WSOP final table debut in 1997, and has been a series regular ever since.

A true veteran player, Liebert has given impressive performances throughout her career. However, few were as spectacular as the Party Poker cruise US$1 million first prize in 2002. She has won an incredible US$6,236,222.00 over the years.

1. Vanessa Selbst

Undoubtedly the world’s top female Poker player, retired professional Vanessa Selbst has won main events on the Partouche tour, the North American tour, and even has 3 WSOP bracelets. She also has 2 WPT final tables.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Selbst has a political science degree from Yale University, as well as a J.D. degree from the university’s law school. Her total Poker winnings amount to US$11,851,382.00, making her one of the top poker players of all time.

Image Sources

Maria Lampropulos: Pokerfull

Vanessa Selbst: NYC Poker Tour

Liv Boeree: Idioteq

Annie Duke: WSOP.com


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