Barbara Enright is still to this day the only woman who has made a WSOP Main Event final table. Enright achieved this in 1995, when she finished in 5th place after her pocket eights were outdrawn by 6-3 suited.
Enright is also the first woman to win a bracelet in an open event, which she did in 1996, when she won the $2,500 Pot Limit Hold’em event. An event where England’s Lucy Rokach by the way took 3rd and Jennifer Harman 6th.
And if this wasn’t enough, Enright was also the first woman to win three WSOP bracelets. Besides the bracelet mentioned above, she won the Ladies Event twice, which at the time was played as a Seven-Card Stud tournament. No wonder she was inducted to the Poker Hall of Fame in 2007 as the first women. Linda Johnson followed along in 2011.
Barbara Enright is still playing poker as you can witness in the video below from Club One Casino in Fresno, California, where Enright made it all the way to the final table in Heartland Poker Tour in October 2013. The final table is quite remarkable as Enright is joined by three other female players: Wendy Freedman, Lisa Jacobs and Mimi “I can’t fold this” Luu. Present at the table is also WSOP Main Event champion 2007 Jerry Yang.
The event is presented by Fred Bevill and poker player Maria Ho. Ho was signed as a poker commentator for the Heartland Poker Tour in 2013 and she does a great job discussing strategy and analyzing hands at the final table.
In this episode the final table plays down from nine to four players. There’s a lot of action, wild hands and bad beats: