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Women in poker/lack of women in poker

    • peche025
      Joined: 14.12.2008 Posts: 1,387
      I was wondering if anyone has any thoughts as to why poker is so male dominated?

      I guess it isn't so easy to see when playing online but from my trips to a casino or a club i'm not sure i've really ever seen even as much as 10% of the players being female. I know quite a few women that know how to play and enjoy playing but don't want to play for money. Is it just men enjoy "gambling" more.....i'm sure there must be more to it than this.

      A friend told me she would never play just because it is so male dominated but with an attitude like this it hard to see things ever changing.

      Any thoughts?
  • 3 replies
    • luvr7
      Joined: 01.07.2009 Posts: 16
      I really don't know. I'm a girl and I love it.

      But then again I'm an only child and my Dad taught me card games that included draw poker and blackjack when I was a kid. If there had been an older brother there's a chance he would have taught my brother and I'd have been left to my Mom to teach me girl things. That's my best guess as to why there's less women in poker...most aren't ever introduced to it. Because it's so male dominated it is mostly guys that play and mostly guys that introduce other guys to it. How are girls ever supposed to get interested if they don't know anything except that there is a card game called poker? If you take a look at the thread I just created:

      Poker's Stigma

      I mentioned I spent last night teaching my 17 year old cousin to play. SHE knew nothing when we started (not even hand rankings) and by the time we were done she understood the basics of hold em well and the concept of bankroll management. I spent a couple hours with her and every half hour or so I asked her if she was bored and/or wanted to do something else. She said no and was quite enthusiastic to keep going.

      And along the line that guys teach guys poker...How many guys go out of their way to teach their girlfriends poker? I'm pretty sure they usually have something else in mind....Or how many try and teach their mother or sisters? They probably think why bother? A lot of guys probably still think women can't play poker or that it's a man's game or whatever and don't have any interest in teaching a girl to play.

      I'm lucky my Dad taught me the basics as a kid and later I found my own drive to continue.
    • TerrorBlade
      Joined: 16.10.2007 Posts: 1,922
      I tried teaching my gf when I first started poker 2 years ago but she just liked to play without spending the time learning.

      Then yesterday she's suddenly printed out some strategy articles and a SHC and has apparently been playing a bit lately!

      And I definitely agree it's something that guys will learn and try pass on to their friends and try to get them into poker. Also guys are generally more competitive so this could explain the lopsidedness in the numbers.

      edit: I just checked out that poker stigma thread, and yeah this is definitely a part of the "problem", guys have poker nights etc. girls are "meant to" go shopping etc.
    • viewer88
      Joined: 19.04.2008 Posts: 5,545
      they are too busy serving drinks