2013 WSOP schedule Part 2: The Ladies Tournament

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Feb 16, 2013 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

2013_schedule_carouselThis week Caesar’s Interactive Entertainment released the full schedule for the 2013 World Series of Poker Tournament Series that will kick-off with the $500 Casino Employees Tournament on May 29th, 2013 and run through July 16th, 2013 when the WSOP Main Event final table is determined. As has been the case for the past five years, the WSOP will then go on a months-long hiatus, returning to the Rio in November to crown the 2013 WSOP Champion. A total of 62 WSOP Gold Bracelets will be awarded during the 48 day tournament series.

In Part 1 of this series I took a look at the new One Drop tournaments that will be part of the 2013 WSOP schedule, and now I’m going to look at one of the more controversial events, and the creative way the WSOP dealt with this controversy this year: The Ladies Championship.

Over the past few years the Ladies Tournament at the World Series of Poker has been a lightning rod. With a number of men entering the tournament each year the “ladies” tournament has sparked outrage on both sides, with some saying the event discriminates, while others point to the lack of women in the poker world and view the tournament as a good way to increase this number.

The idea of men entering the tournament first came about a few years back at the Bay 101 tournament series when Phil Gordon and his friends (known as the Tilt Boys) decided to enter the ladies tournament dressed in drag. This was seen for what it was, a joke, but like a lot of jokes it’s only funny once. With men entering the tournament year-after-year, some in drag, the joke has become condescending, and aside from Shaun Deeb there hasn’t been a big name player of Gordon’s magnitude in this group.

Let’s be really frank here, most of the men who enter the Ladies Tournament do so because they see it as a +EV tournament. Not simply because they are women, but because the field is chock-full of amateur players. Now, a lot of these players won’t admit this, and claim they are entering the tournament to prove a point or because they lost a bet, but pretty much everyone knows why they are doing it.

Well, after some idle threats about men entering; humiliating the men who did enter; and even trying to invoke a new Nevada law last year it seems the WSOP has finally come up with a deterrent: The Ladies Tournament is now a $10,000 buy-in event with a $9,000 discount for women! Similar to a ladies night, this should keep all of the men out of this tournament.

Below you will find links to the WSOP schedule and the Press Releases issued by Caesar’s Entertainment: http://www.wsop.com/2013/2013_WSOP_SCHEDULE.pdf




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