Vanessa Selbst and Jennifer Tilly among Four Inductees to Women In Poker Hall of Fame Class of 20222 weeks ago
The quartet join the likes of Cyndy Violette, Jennifer Harman, Victoria Coren-Mitchell and Maria Ho, all selected and honored by the industry for their achievements and contributions.
Having skipped a few years due to the pandemic (Ho and Lupe Soto were the most recent previous inductees in 2018) the panel of judges had seven women to choose from this year, whittled down from an initial 54 nominated by a public nomination process.
These seven – Selbst, Tilly, Hael and King plus Kara Scott, Liv Boeree and Kristen Bicknell-Foxen – faced a voting ballot from living Hall Members and invited Media/Industry Members.
A WiPHoF press release revealed the results this week:
“This year, having skipped a year of induction and with very few votes separating the top four women, the Hall members chose to make an exception and induct all four amazing women to the Class of 2022. The Women in Poker Hall of Fame is proud to announce that Angelica Hael, Terry King, Vanessa Selbst, and Jennifer Tilly are this year’s inductees.”
Selbst and Tilly will be well-known to all poker fans, the former the winningest female tournament player of all-time, and the latter a star of not only the big and small screens as an actress, but a regular in the highstakes televised cash games and boasting more than $1million in tournament cashes.
Hael and King may not be so well-known to the general poker public, but both have extensive and impressive poker resumes.
Angelica Hael is Vice President of Global Tour Management at World Poker Tour, her role to oversee “the overall management of WPT and WPT-branded events.”
She is also heavily-involved in the WPT Women’s Poker Initiative, which this year will see the inaugural $200k GTD WPT Women’s Championship.
Terry King has spent 50 years within the poker industry, now noted as a poker historian and a part of that history herself, not only as the 1978 WSOP Ladies bracelet winner but also for being one of the first women to deal in the $10k WSOP Main Event.
The WiPHoF Celebration & Induction Ceremony will be held Wednesday, December 14, 2022, at 10 AM in Las Vegas at the PokerGO studio. The celebration is presented by Playtika LTD. and PokerGO Studios and is open to the public.
“PlayWSOP and the entire Playtika team are proud to sponsor the Women in Poker Hall of Fame as we honor each inductee for her tremendous achievements and influence in advancing the game,” said Guy Ceder, general manager of playWSOP. "The skills developed playing poker can be applied to all aspects of life, and playWSOP is committed to making poker accessible and inclusive for all.”
Lupe Soto, Hall Member and Founder of the WiPHoF, said: “Having the Induction Ceremony LIVE streamed globally through the generous support of the PokerGO Studio elevates the Hall, the celebration, and its standing in the Poker Industry. We couldn’t be more humbled and appreciative of Mori Eskandani and his team for their support!”
You can see a complete list of inductees into the WiPHoF over the years at www.WiPHoF.com
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