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Gambling

The most famous women in the history of gambling

by James Fenton

The first traces that prove the existence of gambling can be found 4500 years ago in different cultures - Egypt, China, Greece, Rome. These began in religious rituals but their influence spread very quickly and soon many important decisions were made based on an absolutely random result. Some people still practice this, throwing away the coin, believing that destiny will show them the right decision. If we say that men and women had the same rights when it comes to gambling, we will be wrong. For example, in Rome, women had the right to participate in such activities only during the Bona Dea festival, as did men, who could try their luck at any time. For our own good, everything has changed. Women and men have equal rights, and casinos are visited equally by both sexes. However, some women stand out through their professionalism and a little more luck. We will talk about them in this article.

Vanessa K. Selbst was born on July 9, 1984 in Brooklyn, New York into a Jewish family. Selbst studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and later transferred to Yale. It was during this period that poker became extremely popular and many Americans were caught in this game. Selbst was one of them. Her first experiences in the world of books took place in underground clubs in New York. After finishing his studies he went to Spain where he worked for a year. After returning to America, he joined McKinsey & Company. She is the only woman to ever reach the top of the Global Poker Index. He has won over $ 11.8 million in live poker tournaments and is a member of Team PokerStars Pro. He won 3 World Series of Poker braceletsand is the only female to win 3 WSOP bracelets in field events. She is also the only woman to have won the North American Poker Main-Back-to-Back Tour. In January 2013, she won $ 1.4 million, which was made by the woman who made the biggest win in poker history. Her earnings do not end here but I have listed the most important titles in her career as a professional player. Obviously her knowledge accompanied by a lot of luck and discipline gave good results. Now poker is no longer her main job, but she will probably never get rid of trying to lend a hand again.

Annie's career began at the age of 22, playing Texas Hold'em for fun in a casino. In 1992 she moved to Billing and her brother encouraged her to play professional poker, sending her $ 2,400 and instruction books. He first played poker at the Crystal Lounge, a local bar. After proving her skills, her brother convinced her to enter the 1994 World Series of Poker tournaments in Las Vegas. In the first month, he earned $ 70,000 and decided to move to Vegas to pursue a career as a professional player. In the first two WSOP tournaments, she placed 14th and 5th, respectively. In early 2000, she became known in the poker world. In 2004 she received a gold bracelet from the 2004 WSOP Tournament and by July of the year she was on the list of top women winners in WSOP history, winning over $ 650,000. As of 2017, Annie Duke's total earnings from the WSOP are $ 1,166,567. In 2011 Annie published the book "Decide to Play Great Poker". It contains strategies for Hold 'em no limit. The book was co-written with John Vorhaus. This was followed by several publications for poker players. All these stories seem unreal but they are true. These women were not only lucky. The card game is a strategic game and requires a lot of discipline, courage and training. Their lives changed, they made a lot of money and went down in poker history. The best things happen when our hobbies become our job. In this case success is guaranteed.