Some of the world’s top female poker players, like Annie Duke and Jennifer Harman, complain that there shouldn’t be a ladies no-limit championship, because women are just as good as men and don’t need a separate female-only event. And they’re probably right, but guess what? You’re not a pro!
So you should put those legitimate objections aside and enter the Ladies No-Limit Hold ’em World Championship, which runs for three days at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino beginning June 8. (The World Series of Poker, commonly called the WSOP, runs May 28 to July 16—worldseriesofpoker.com for details.) It only costs $1,000 to enter, and last year’s winner won more than $260,000. (Of course, she had to beat nearly 1,300 entrants to do so.) Unlike in just about any other sport, all you have to do to say you played in the world championship is pony up the cash. Who knows? You may be like one-time Dallas resident Clonie Gowen, who parlayed another tourney run into a full-time poker career. Or you may go out in five hands.
3570 Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89109
HOW TO GET THERE
American Airlines (aa.com) and US Airways (usairways.com) both offer nonstop service to Las Vegas
McCarran International Airport (LAS) from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW).
Caesars offers free shuttles to and from the airport. If you don’t
want to wait, cabs and limos are readily available.
WHAT IT COSTS
Deluxe Augustus Tower: $220–$460; Classic Guest Room: $160–$400. Or inquire about the four-bedroom “Absolut”-themed suites.