Customary, World Series of Poker has an event each year to cater women poker players dubbed the “WSOP Ladies Event”. However, over the past years, several men have crashed the event, some even reaching the final table. This year, Tom Hammers entered the WSOP Ladies Event. Hammers, however, had good intentions. He had planned to donate all his winnings to womens’ charities. Even though he had noble intentions, his actions seemed to irk his opponents.

Hammers is a mid-stakes poker player  and has more than $300,000 lifetime earnings.


Unfortunately, Hammers was eliminated early and hence finished out of the money.  Hammers’ luck ran out after he busted to the chip leader at that time, Christina Gollins. Hammers had pocket fives while Gollins had pocket aces. After the elimination, he was jeered by the women; a common reaction whenever a  man busts in the Ladies Event.

Hammers entered the event together with his wife and daughter. However, Hammers and the daughter busted in the first day and the wife was the only one to make it to day two.


WSOP Ladies Event final table results

1 Lara Eisenberg United States $115,694
2 Debora Brooke United States $71,507
3 Mikiyo Aoki United States $50,525
4 Diana Cooley United States $36,269
5 JJ Liu Taiwan $26,458
6 Qing Lu United States $19,619
7 Marle Cordeiro United States $14,791
8 Cherish Andrews United States $11,341
9 Tiffany Lee United States $8,847
10 Thi Nguyen Canada $7,023


Why men are able to enter ladies events

As mentioned earlier, several men have been able to enter the Ladies Event even though their genetics say otherwise.

To minimize gender discrimination in casinos, Nevada law expressly prohibits casinos from barring people from entering events on the basis of their gender. Therefore, to discourage men from entering the Ladies Event, WSOP charges $10,000. However, women are given a 90% discount.

So, in simpler terms, Hammers had to part with $10,000 to join the event for “charity” only to be jeered after finishing out of the money. Just a thought, he could have made more impact if he donated the $10,000 to charity in the first place.




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