Thu, Jan 3, 1:13pm by Staff Writer
Although they are few in number, the top female players in world poker are continuing to have an impact on the game. The top female tournament player in 2018 was Kristen Bicknell, who started with five cashes at the Aussie Millions event in January.
The Canadian went on the secure her first tournament title of 2018 in the Asia Pacific Poker Tour Macau High Roller event soon after.
The 31-year-old made her first trip to Macau a successful one as she defeated 2016 Global Poker Index Player of the Year David Peters in a 90-minutes heads-up match to win US$279,500.
In the final hand of the tournament, Bicknell was sitting with 4 million to Peters’ 2.75 million when the former raised and then called a three-bet.
Bicknell rolled over ace of heats and six of spades to win the hand with a three of a kind with sixes thanks to a favourable flop. It was the second-largest win of her career.
Bicknell went on to cash seven times at the World Series of Poker to come away with more than US$1 million in earnings and broke into the Global Poker Index’s Top 20 in 2018.
Englishwoman Liv Boeree won the World Championship of Online Poker title in 2018 and is one of the game’s most logical thinkers, according to Cards Chat.
Despite the success of women in some of poker’s most popular events, overall participation in the game is declining.
It has been a struggle to make the game more diverse after a peak of 819 ladies entered the 2016 World Series of Poker Championship.
That number has dipped to 696 in 2018.
In addition to faltering numbers at the ladies-only event, the number of women playing in the World Series of Poker Main Event has increased since 2012, but remained steady as a percentage year-on-year since 2016.
The Aussie Millions Poker tournament begins at Melbourne’s Crown Casino in January 15.
2018 marked the largest ever Aussie Millions Main Event in history, with Toby Lewis claiming A$1,458,198 in prize money.
He also received a custom-made diamond encrusted gold bracelet by ANTON Jewellery.
A field of 800 attended the 2018 event creating a prize pool of A$8 million.
#7 – I first met @claytoncomic at the Aussie Millions maybe seven years ago and got to know his passion for poker. With four tables left in the WSOP Main Event, Clayton was still in. I talked to him about what a second deep run in the Main meant to him.https://t.co/sAhZmgF8DE
— Lance Bradley (@Lance_Bradley) December 31, 2018
The Aussie Million is Australia’s longest running and largest poker festival with up to 100 poker tables set up for the event.
Buy-ins for the tournament range from A$1,150 to A50,000.
The highlight of the festival will be the A$10,600 Main Event that will attract at least 700 entrants and a prize pool of around A$7 million.
The eight-day event will feature three opening flights on January 27-29 with players bagging chips competing for five more days on January 30 until February 3 until a winner is crowned.
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