When the nominations for the 2012 inductees to the Women in Poker Hall of Fame (WiPHoF) were announced in May, the list had several familiar names. These included British poker pro Victoria Coren, poker pro plus brand ambassador plus administrator Annie Duke and the poker babe Isabelle Mercier. However, the honor of being inducted into WiPHoF will ultimately go to J.J.Liu and Kathy Raymond.
Joanne Jishung Liu (in picture) entered the poker world in the 1990s and made a reputation in both cash games and live tournaments. She has had considerable success in both the major live tournament circuits, WSOP and WPT. She is the highest placing female in a WPT Championship event, finishing runner-up at the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Stars in 2007. Her 25 WSOP cashes and 10 WPT cashes have contributed to live tournament earnings exceeding $2.6 million. Kathy Raymond has been more of an administrator. She is presently the Director of Poker Operations at the Venetian in Las Vegas. Raymond showed her mettle as a poker administrator when she turned round the poker room at the legendary Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut. She has had some success as a poker player as well, particularly in H.O.R.S.E. tournaments.
The event will be held on August 31 at the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas. The evening will commence with a “Red Carpet Walk” featuring many celebrities from the poker world. This will be followed by cocktails and a silent auction for the benefit of the charitable outlet Poker Gives. The induction ceremonies will begin and simultaneously dinner will be served. The keynote speaker has not yet been named, but the WiPHoF officials have stated that it will be a big surprise.
Liu and Raymond join a galaxy of women in the WipHoF. Last year the inductees were Phyllis Caro and Margie Heintz. In 2010 the extremely popular Jennifer Harman found a place along with Billie Brown and Kathy Liebert. CardPlayer Magazine founder June Field, Jan Fisher and Cyndy Violette were inducted in 2009. The inaugural year inductees were Barbara Enright, Linda Johnson, Marsha Waggoner and Susie Isaacs. Barbara Enright and Linda Johnson are the only women in the Poker Hall of Fame.