Support Ladies Poker Association
Organized by: Vin Thanh
Coming from a family of poker players, I grew up playing and training with my parents and brother. Up till I was a teenager, I never had the idea that poker is a man's game. My parents did not inject the idea that a poker table is no place for a woman and neither did my brother showed animosity when I played with my family. In fact he was the first to congratulate me when I signed up for a local poker championship.
However, this changed when I grew up. Or rather, my eyes truly opened to the strong unwelcome feeling I experienced when I played poker as an adult female. There was animosity, harassment and sexism each time I played. This drove me to the world of online poker where women players experience less discrimination, but that doesn't mean that harassment does not occur. Even with one third of all online players consisting of females, women still experience discomfort due to harassment in a game that should have zero gender barriers. On poker TV, online poker sites that list domino qiu qiu and Texas Holdem games, Vegas casinos and World Series of Poker championships, seldom are women players sighted.
I am hesitant to sound like an angry feminist, because all I'm trying to prove is that poker has so much more untapped potential to reap. What kind of business would be content with just 5 percent of their customers being women? Won't they want to maximize this?
We need to change our mindset and strive for diversity in both offline and online poker. The Ladies Poker Association is the best entity to help campaign this, and so your support is very much appreciated to help achieve this objective. Thank you for your willingness to listen.