International Women’s Day might have just been a day in our calendars but in reality, it is a yearly focal point for women since the inception of their rights in 1909. For the last few decades, girl power is stronger and bolder than ever and we’re witnessing a radical change in every hemisphere of the world today.
Women may represent only a tiny percentage of poker players in a field, but they are still making waves in the industry as of now! And we have some amazing piece of news for all you readers, especially female players, enthusiasts and poker fanatics. The world at large will know more about the power of women through the world’s top female poker players, thanks to a new documentary that just got released last month.
“Poker Queens”, directed by Sandra Mohr follows the efforts of poker’s leading females at the 2019 World Series of Poker (WSOP). The story revolves around the trials and tribulations of not just women in the poker industry but their lives as professionals as well.
It’s Not A Male-Dominated Game Anymore
News of this documentary surged last year when a teaser first appeared on YouTube. The director, Mohr spoke about the movie in an interview stating that the release of Poker Queens comes at a time when women are starting to increase the status quo within the game, “Women are just now starting to take back their power. It’s going to be amazing to see the change in the years to come.”
For instance, players like Maria Konnikova and Jiyoung Kim have had a rapid rise to glory on the live poker circuit in the past few years. In 2018, Konnikova topped a field of 290 to win the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) National for a tidy $84,600. Along with this, a significant increase on 2018’s field of 696, Jiyoung Kim’s victory proved poker is now reaching women in previously untapped markets.
Ofcourse, Poker Queens follows top American and European pros like Kristen Bicknell and Liv Boeree, Kim still took her bracelet back to South Korea.
An Inspiration to New Female Players in the Industry
Mohr wants more women in the poker industry to Ante-up. It’s also something Mohr is wishing to portray in her documentary as well, therefore see the same happening in the near future.
The latest trailer of the documentary was last released in August ‘19 and from there, we get to see some of the actors portraying their respective roles. Along with their personal journey, the documentary busts some myths around poker in an effort to inspire other women to take up the game more seriously.
It’s barely been a month when it got released on Prime in the US. But if you have a VPN or got a couple bucks to spare for this one, be sure to check out their official website and stream on your preferred platform.
We really hope it strikes the right cord with viewers, thereon it could help tournaments such as the WSOP’s ladies event break the 1,000-player mark along with inspiring millions out there who dream of entering, learning, playing and winning in the gaming industry.