Several months ago, AfterEllen.com
reader Teema suggested a post on the women of poker.
Once I started looking into it, I got a little intimidated by how many
female poker pros are out there. But now Casino City Times has listed the "Top 10 Women of Poker,"
giving me a place to start, and guess who popped up? Ms. "Shot at Love" herself, Tila Tequila.
At No. 9 on the list, Tequila
is credited with using her celebrity to promote online gaming. I’m not
sure if Tila
Casino is a good
gambling site or not, since online gaming is illegal in Texas and I
would never break Texas law. But maybe her poker experience explains
why Tequila chose Bobby over Dani. I mean, a straight always beats two
of a kind. Sorry.
Erica Schoenberg, No.
8, caused a blip on my gaydar. Especially after I read that the former model also was a professional volleyball
player, kickboxing instructor and personal trainer. She’s even won a math championship. (Not that math skills have anything
to do with sexual orientation. I just thought it was cool.)
But, alas, Schoenberg only
has eyes for French poker pro David Benyamine. I still wouldn’t
mind watching her lose at strip poker. Which she does on the Carmen
Electra Strip Poker DVD. (Sorry, you’ll have to find those screen
Clonie Gowen, No. 5,
was Miss Teen Oklahoma and a state champion basketball player in high
school. Nobody like her went to my high school, which probably is a
blessing for my GPA.
No. 4, Deanna Dozier,
seems familiar to me, but that may be wishful thinking.
Or maybe she just reminds me
of Elizabeth Mitchell.
I don’t have to wonder where
I’ve seen Shannon Elizabeth. Hello, Nadia.
Elizabeth plays poker more
than she acts these days, and she’s confirmed for the NBC National Heads-Up
that starts February 29. She placed 3rd last year, the first
woman to reach the semifinals. I must say I like Elizabeth’s poker look.
We’ll also see her on the upcoming
season of Dancing With the Stars. I’m going to resist a pun about
a bad beat.
Who’s No.1? Oddly, it’s
Pamela Anderson. Granted, the main criterion for inclusion on the
list is to be one of the most talked-about women in the game. Maybe
I’m thinking of the wrong game. In any case, I can’t bring myself to
post a picture of her. Instead, I’m posting a picture of the woman who
should be No.1, but wasn’t even on the list. Where’s Corky when we need
In 2005, Jennifer Tilly
became the first celebrity to win the Ladies No-Limit Texas Hold’em
event at the World Series of Poker. Since then, she’s won more than
$300,000 in tournament play. All-in, anyone?
A bit of trivia unrelated to
poker: Tilly has two cats named Corky and Violet. How fabulous is that?
Mimi Rogers has also
earned a place on this list. However, I am still mad at Rogers for indirectly
taking Katie Holmes away from us. (Rogers introduced Tom Cruise
to Scientology.) Moment of silence for Joey Potter.
Does anyone besides me watch
poker on TV? Which woman is the queen of your heart?