Stay Classy: 22 Men Enter EPT Deauville Ladies Event

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At the European Poker Tour Deauville stop over the weekend, 22 men entered the €200 + €20 Ladies Event. Before you ask how men could have played in an event designed for women, the simple fact of the matter is they cannot be legally barred from playing. Registration is an “on your honor” thing and casinos expect men to stay out for that one tournament. But every year, we still see men trying to have a laugh or thinking they can beat an allegedly “soft” field and have to suffer their foolishness.

As for the EPT Deauville Women’s Event, it just so happens that Thierry Derkx, a male, won the whole thing and €4,380. Of course it had to end that way. Of the ten other players who cashed, half of them were men. On the bright side, the runner-up and highest female finisher, Sabina Hiatullah (pictured), was awarded the winner’s trophy.

The World Series of Poker essentially solved the problem of men being boys and jacked the price of the WSOP Ladies Event to $10,000. Women, however, get a 90% discount and only have to pay $1,000 to play. Clever.

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As mentioned, men entering Ladies’ Events is nothing new. One of the more “celebrated” party crashes by men happened in 2004 when Phil Gordon, Perry Friedman, Rafe Furst, and their “Tiltboy” friends dressed in drag and entered the Ladies’ Event at Bay 101. Furst actually went on to finish fifth. At the time, people thought it was funny, with Tournament Director Matt Savage even joking that they would have to do a “panty check” for future events.

Former baseball star and current sideshow Jose Canseco entered a Ladies Event in California and, in 2009, the ultimate insult happened when Abraham Korotki won the Ladies No Limit Hold’em Event at the Borgata Poker Open. Runner-up Nicole Rowe offered a chop to Korotki, but he refused, wanting to win the whole thing. In the meantime, she had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and could have used some of the extra money to pay for her medical expenses.

The debate on this subject has been carrying on in the internet forums. Most men seem to agree that there is nothing wrong with women-only tournaments and that men should just stay out. Others take the opposite stance, somehow thinking they are discriminatory or even trying to make a case that these types of tournaments are demeaning to women, that they don’t need their own tournament to “protect” them from men.

One woman chimed in to explain why Ladies Events are a good thing: “I play several Ladies Events a year and the vast majority of the entrants are women who are amateur players. I would say a decent majority of those entrants only play Ladies Events and do not enter regular tournaments at all. Ladies Events have a more fun and less serious atmosphere, which encourages less experienced players to get their feet wet.”

What do you think? Should there be any punishment for the 22 male entrants in the EPT Deauville Ladies Event? How can and should this be prevented in the future, if at all? Comment here and let us know.

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    • ‘The World Series of Poker essentially solved the problem of men being boys and jacked the price of the WSOP Ladies Event to $10,000. Women, however, get a 90% discount and only have to pay $1,000 to play. Clever.’

      Problem solved.

      I’m not sure that would fly in France though.

      Works well in Vegas, but also not sure if its legal. Wonder what would happen if its challenged.

      I don’t really see why it is discrimination to just allow women when in many women’s sports, no men are allowed. In a few countries (like Lithuania) poker is declared as a sport, so maybe they can get around it that way.

      It is definitely embarrassing that so many men entered this event.

      • what a scum…
        in 2009, the ultimate insult happened when Abraham Korotki won the Ladies No Limit Hold’em Event at the Borgata Poker Open. Runner-up Nicole Rowe offered a chop to Korotki, but he refused, wanting to win the whole thing. In the meantime, she had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and could have used some of the extra money to pay for her medical expenses.

        • It is not funny a guy playing them. It is like a guy playing in a womens netball team thinking its cool.
          If anyone plays one for easier cash they are the lowest little bum hunting scum fuck there is. Oh but hey there’s plently of playewrs like this is poker. Instead of them making 0 roi there abouts, since they bum hunt super hard in cash games and prob throw this bs on the side they can manage to bumnp this up to a bi 5k a year profit.
          The other problem is also having bad women poker role models. When I was playing in Prague the 888 poker chick ( the hot one with long hair) shes on her phone the whole time. She is sponsored by 888 cause shes hot, but the stupid slut doesnt even watch the table. If they have players like Maria Ho ie who is actually good and is not an arrogant slut who can not play, more women would play..

          • I’d like to see a Male only event setup, just to watch the Feminists whail and snort

            Actually there was one on the EPT Deauville schedule just four hours after the Ladies Event (same buyin), any reports of that?

          • Actually there was one on the EPT Deauville schedule just four hours after the Ladies Event (same buyin), any reports of that?

            I think maybe one woman entered, but there were no complaints about the event from the band of Feminazis that pinchop seems to think turn up at every EPT stop just to protest male dominance in poker!

            It’s a disgrace that some men feel the need to assert themselves over women to the extent that they’ll shamelessly enter a ladies event while being laughed at from each end of the table and the rail, hang your heads you classless fools

          • It is not funny a guy playing them. It is like a guy playing in a womens netball team thinking its cool.
            If anyone plays one for easier cash they are the lowest little bum hunting scum fuck there is. Oh but hey there’s plently of playewrs like this is poker. Instead of them making 0 roi there abouts, since they bum hunt super hard in cash games and prob throw this bs on the side they can manage to bumnp this up to a bi 5k a year profit.
            The other problem is also having bad women poker role models. When I was playing in Prague the 888 poker chick ( the hot one with long hair) shes on her phone the whole time. She is sponsored by 888 cause shes hot, but the stupid slut doesnt even watch the table. If they have players like Maria Ho ie who is actually good and is not an arrogant slut who can not play, more women would play..

            I agree it’s pathetic men can’t let the ladies do their thing…WTF is netball and what does the hot 888 chick have to do with men playing women’s events?

          • It is not funny a guy playing them. It is like a guy playing in a womens netball team thinking its cool.
            If anyone plays one for easier cash they are the lowest little bum hunting scum fuck there is. Oh but hey there’s plently of playewrs like this is poker. Instead of them making 0 roi there abouts, since they bum hunt super hard in cash games and prob throw this bs on the side they can manage to bumnp this up to a bi 5k a year profit.
            The other problem is also having bad women poker role models. When I was playing in Prague the 888 poker chick ( the hot one with long hair) shes on her phone the whole time. She is sponsored by 888 cause shes hot, but the stupid slut doesnt even watch the table. If they have players like Maria Ho ie who is actually good and is not an arrogant slut who can not play, more women would play..

            Wow, you’re part of the problem.

          • It is not funny a guy playing them. It is like a guy playing in a womens netball team thinking its cool.
            If anyone plays one for easier cash they are the lowest little bum hunting scum fuck there is. Oh but hey there’s plently of playewrs like this is poker. Instead of them making 0 roi there abouts, since they bum hunt super hard in cash games and prob throw this bs on the side they can manage to bumnp this up to a bi 5k a year profit.
            The other problem is also having bad women poker role models. When I was playing in Prague the 888 poker chick ( the hot one with long hair) shes on her phone the whole time. She is sponsored by 888 cause shes hot, but the stupid slut doesnt even watch the table. If they have players like Maria Ho ie who is actually good and is not an arrogant slut who can not play, more women would play..

            Cmon Stuart. The funny thing is you probably don’t even realize you’re an idiot. Good on ya mate.

          • People place too much importance on gender. It’s not for us to point fingers at what gender someone feels they are. It’s as much psychological as it is physiological. If someone is ok with being called a ladies champion, then let’s not judge them for it. Let them have it. I disagree completely with giving second place the trophy.

            I don’t think there would be a need for women’s tournaments at all if men behaved better in poker. The amount of cringe-worthy comments I have heard live from aspiring Sam Grizzles is mind boggling. I don’t blame recreational female players at all for wanting to compete in a segregated environment.

          • Sigh. This is awful what you wrote. 🙁

            She is sponsored by 888 cause shes hot, but the stupid slut doesnt even watch the table.

          • It is not funny a guy playing them. It is like a guy playing in a womens netball team thinking its cool.
            If anyone plays one for easier cash they are the lowest little bum hunting scum fuck there is. Oh but hey there’s plently of playewrs like this is poker. Instead of them making 0 roi there abouts, since they bum hunt super hard in cash games and prob throw this bs on the side they can manage to bumnp this up to a bi 5k a year profit.
            The other problem is also having bad women poker role models. When I was playing in Prague the 888 poker chick ( the hot one with long hair) shes on her phone the whole time. She is sponsored by 888 cause shes hot, but the stupid slut doesnt even watch the table. If they have players like Maria Ho ie who is actually good and is not an arrogant slut who can not play, more women would play..

            WOW bet the woman who play poker with you get a fufilling experience

      • I’m not sure that would fly in France though.

        Works well in Vegas, but also not sure if its legal. Wonder what would happen if its challenged.

        I don’t really see why it is discrimination to just allow women when in many women’s sports, no men are allowed. In a few countries (like Lithuania) poker is declared as a sport, so maybe they can get around it that way.

        It is definitely embarrassing that so many men entered this event.

        The difference between poker and other ‘sports’ is that poker is a mind sport and there is no disadvantage for a woman compared to physical sports

        I think event like this perpetuate some ridiculous notion that somehow women are inferior poker players

        That said men entering the tournament is not really the way to make a political stand on it and I am sure more than a few have entered because they feel its +ev.

        Men actually treating the woman at their poker tables with respect might actually help remove some of the need for events like these as well. I am sure we have all seen it live a moderately attractive woman sits down to play poker and not even a orbit can pass before someone hits on her for example.

        • The difference between poker and other ‘sports’ is that poker is a mind sport and there is no disadvantage for a woman compared to physical sports

          I think event like this perpetuate some ridiculous notion that somehow women are inferior poker players

          That said men entering the tournament is not really the way to make a political stand on it and I am sure more than a few have entered because they feel its +ev.

          Men actually treating the woman at their poker tables with respect might actually help remove some of the need for events like these as well. I am sure we have all seen it live a moderately attractive woman sits down to play poker and not even a orbit can pass before someone hits on her for example.

          I get what you are saying, and poker is a mind game more than a sport. I disagree that it infers that women are inferior poker players, although I opened that up with the sports comments.

          The issue is that many female poker players wouldn’t get into the game without these events. Many women do not want to sit at a table full of men while they become more comfortable with the game. Many others like the female bonding that happens, and what is really the harm in allowing women to have their day away from us men.

          Some of this is about reputation though with most people not disrespecting woman in a non-women’s only event. Yes there are a few players that do perpetuate this reputation that many women may feel.

          Would love if Nutbreaker commented as I think she is one that got more into the live poker scene thanks to women’s events, and she is a true asset to the poker community on PocketFives and other sites/media.

          • The comment about Nicole Rowe is a little bit tilting from my perspective. If someone is in need of money to help pay for their cancer treatments, the last place they should be spending money is on gambling. The fact that she did well in the tournment is beside the point. It would have been the white knight thing to accept a chop but if Nicole was willing to enter a game where she was likely to lose that money, she can’t turn around and use money problems as a crutch. Horrible logic.

          • Why are lesbians allowed in the ladies events? They want to be men. Can Somerville play in the womens event?

          • Why are lesbians allowed in the ladies events? They want to be men. Can Somerville play in the womens event?

            if lesbians want women why do they use rubber dicks? the mind simply boggles

            stuart stay off the meth comparing these imbisiles to scum is pretty absurd ladies want equal rights then they shouldnt have ladies events! or should at least play them topless….

            if it was really a ladies event then only ladies would be allowed to reg!! its that simple, stars have it any casino in the world could