Since its inception in 2008 by Lupe Soto, the Women in Poker Hall of Fame (WiPHoF) has honored several talented women in the field of poker. The WiPHoF recently announced the candidates for the Women in Poker Hall of Fame, Class of 2018 – there are 11 candidates this time around!
Over 50 submissions were made by the public and these were narrowed down to 11 candidates by the WiPHoF Committee.
Take a brief look at this years finalists:
Hermance initially joined PokerStars in 2008 for a PR and Marketing position. However, her job soon evolved into a wider range of responsibilities to operate as their Country Manager France. She moved to London in 2011 under the mentorship of WPT CEO Adam Pliska. In 2014, Hermance was appointed General Manager WPT Europe to look after the Tour Management and Strategy. She is one of the most respected women in the Poker industry.
Mandy found her love for poker after graduating college, Mandy discovered she had a talent for the game. In 2005 an opportunity arose to mix her passion for poker with a TV career. Mandy accepted a position with the WPT, where she has risen through the ranks to become the show’s Supervising Producer.
Veteran writer and editor Haley Hintze has covered poker for numerous publications and online outlets for nearly two decades. Haley is perhaps best known for her work in helping to uncover the inner workings of two major insider-cheating scandals that rocked online poker several years ago, but she’s also amassed thousands of byline credits while covering many of the harder news stories involving the poker and gambling worlds.
Angelica Hael leads Global Tour Management for the World Poker Tour (WPT) and is a long-serving VP of WPT Enterprises, Inc.’s alliance of companies. Ms. Hael’s gaming career began at Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia, where she began work on the world-renowned Aussie Millions.
Ms. Hael was in fact, a driving force behind the APT reaching historic highs in both entries as well as prize pool figures., according to the WiPHoF website. In 2010, Ms. Hael joined the World Poker Tour and was one of the main driving forces in WPT’s expansion to Asia, Africa, and South America.
Maria Ho is a poker pro that requires no introduction. Also a TV personality and host/commentator, she’s currently ranked fourth on the GPI among female poker players in the world, and is 10th on the female all-time money list with over 2.7 million dollars in earnings.Maria was the first female in history to be hired to a poker television broadcast (HPT) as the resident strategic commentator. She has also been seen on the Emmy Winning 15th season of The Amazing Race, as well as on ESPN as part of the broadcast team for the WSOP Main Event in 2017, and currently co-hosts WPT’s King of The Club on Fox Sports Net. She definitely deserves a spot on this list!
Terry moved to Vegas at the age of 18 in 1972 where friends taught her to play poker. She soon found herself playing poker professionally after quitting her job as a legal secretary. After turning 21, King began dealing, running tournaments as well as flooring. In 1978 she won a WSOP bracelet and was also one of the first women to deal the main event!In 1979, Chip Reese asked her to play in the mixed doubles event. Not long after that, Chip took over the poker room at the Dunes and asked Terry to play for him to keep games going. They enjoyed a 5-year relationship and was introduced to a lot of Vegas she hadn’t experienced before. Including surviving a mob hit! Terry has worked as a floorperson at the Bicycle Casino and helped open Hollywood Park Casino as well. She continues to promote poker today as an admin on the large poker community site RealGrinders on Facebook, says the WiPHoF website.
Shirley Rosario has been involved in the poker industry for more than 25 years. Her poker accomplishments include 12 wins in five different tournament styles including back to back Cal State Poker Championship HORSE titles in 2009 and 2010. She has over $500,000 in tournament earnings. She’s been a successful live cash game player for more than 20 years.Rosario was a longtime consultant with PokerStars and helped co-write the company’s search engine optimization guidelines. She was one of original hosts of Live at the Bike and also appeared in Poker for Dummies.
In 2005 Jennifer Tilly stunned the poker world when she bested a field of over 600 women to win a gold bracelet in the Ladies Event at the World Series of Poker. She followed that up with a first-place finish in the WPT Ladies Night. Since then she has amassed nearly a million dollars in tournament winnings (992,501) with many deep finishes and wins (including winning the 5k Bellagio Cup in 2010).She is currently number 35 on the Women’s All Time Money list. (Hendon Mob) She is a staple on Poker television, having appeared on many shows including “PokerStars The Big Game,” the prestigious “Premiere League,” the “Party Poker Big Game”, “NBC Heads Up Tournament,” ”Poker Night In America,” and most recently “Poker After Dark cash game.” She wrote a column for Bluff magazine for ten years, and just had a poker short story published in the Simon and Shuster anthology “He Played for his Wife, (and other stories) Jennifer is passionate about the game, and both “Family Guy” and “The Simpsons” have referenced her love of poker in episodes where she voiced herself.
“These women are heavy hitters in the industry and deserve recognition for their hard work and accomplishments in poker. The Voting Panel has until midnight on 15 April to cast their votes as to who they feel should enter this year’s Hall,” stated the Press Release by WiPHof. “Each voting member has 10 votes total. They may cast them all for one candidate, or split their votes among several candidates. Public announcement of the winners takes place in May 2018,” it added.