Tyler Durden

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Jul 2, 2016
We first heard of gambling millennia ago. Initially, ancient people played primitive games like dice and cards. Meanwhile, the first bets were made in Ancient Asia. For example, in Japan, people gambled on body parts or even family members. Since then, gambling has changed a lot but still is considered the most popular pastime in the history of humankind.


In 1638, Europe saw its first gambling house designed for wealthy people only. There was a strict dress code, high stakes while all the gameplay was strictly controlled. Casino visitors were both men and woman of high society.

Although in those times, woman's gambling was extremely unacceptable, some ladies have managed to make a real breakthrough in the industry. Casinotop has put together a curated material about the achievements of woman in gambling, and now, we are eager to share it with you.

Alice Ivers

The famous Englishwoman has conquered the world with her appearance, charisma, and incredible poker skills. At first, the girl only watched her husband playing poker with colleagues, and then became a party to this game. She had chained her life to poker, and eventually, she gained the same nickname - Poker Alice. The girl quickly mastered her dealer skills and became a real professional working in some of the best saloons in the American West. Moreover, Alice played poker better than any American, breaking down dozens of men daily.

Kitty Leroy

The legendary woman born in 1850 and lived as little as 28 years. However, her short life was full of drama, excitement, and adventure. As a child, Kitty had great dance abilities that further provided her living. At 14, she got into gambling and could easily beat the adults. When she was 15, she got married but then decided to give up her family life and devote herself to her career.

Kitty had become a professional faro dealer and later opened her saloon. However, the new job did not stop Leroy to walk down the aisle four more times. Thus, in her short time on this earth, the woman managed to try herself in the role of a dancer, wife, prostitute, gambler and even a business lady.

Lottie Deno

A particular chapter in the history of female gambling takes Carlotta J. Thompkins, also known as Lottie Deno and Gambling Queen of Hearts. The girl came from a family of a heavy gambler, and since childhood, she already was familiar with all the intricacies of gambling and continuously accompanied his father in his trips to the gambling houses. Her father wanted her to become not a "pretty vanilla" but a strong, successful woman. Thus, he fostered his daughter's interest in trade and gambling business.

So, Lottie moved to Texas, started to work as a dealer at a prestigious casino and won the heart of a wealthy casino owner. Without thinking twice, he sold his casino, and they went traveling around the world, hitting the jackpots at various casinos. Carlotta once managed to win big in poker thanks to what she got her famous nickname of Lottie Deno, literally meaning "lots of money."

Today woman continue to actively develop the gambling industry and leave us open-mouthed with their success stories.

Kathleen Liebert

Kathy is the first female poker player to win $1 million in the first limit poker tournament. She participated in six final tables of World Poker Tour and finished third in 2005. After graduating from college, Katy plunged into office life, working as a business analyst at one respected company. But soon, this job proved to be too dull for her, and she started to play the stock market, braved to be in the red. Such courage and free time allowed Liebert not only to travel but also to start a professional career in the field of gambling.

Annie Duke

This American has gambling in her DNA. And even though the girl wholly devoted herself to studying, precisely a month before graduation, she dropped everything to go to Las Vegas with her husband and to get tight to the world of gambling. It was the city where she began her gambling career.

Today, Annie Duke is a professional poker player and author of books on gambling. She also holds a gold bracelet of World Series of Poker (WSOP) that she won in 2005. Once at the World Poker Tour among champions, she earned $2 million, and in 2010, her total winnings reached $4 million.

Lydia Barbara

Lydia walked into the gambling business as a poker player. Once Barbara learned how to play well enough, she decided to monetise this skill. Thus, in 2009, she joined the team of Microgaming as a Poker Manager, and a year later, she was upgraded to a Head of Poker.

In 2016, the woman launched Ideas Factory that is a business platform for new ideas, the best of which were implemented by Microgaming. Ideas Factory has helped many people to prove themselves and to contribute to the development of the gambling industry.

Apart from gambling activities, Barbara deals with the problem of environmental pollution in the Isle of Man and continues to work on new gambling projects.

Denise Coates

British businesswoman, billionaire, founder and co-CEO of online casino Bet365. As of May 2018, Denise Coates earned $4.6 billion according to Forbes magazine. She has become the highest paid CEO in the UK.

It is interesting that her brilliant career began as a cashier in the family bookmaking company. Back at the time, the Internet connection was poor, however, Denise was certainly through founding own online sports betting project. In 2000, Coates bought the domain name and organised the office in the old van parked in the Stoke-on-Trent town. Through great perseverance, patience and commitment, Denise managed to create one of the most profitable companies in the UK.

Karolina Pelc

Right out of high school, Karoline began working in land-based gambling clubs. Having delved into gambling, she has devoted her life to the gambling industry and over 15 years of career, has made great progress. Today Karoline Peltz is a Director of the online casino LeoVegas, a winner of the awards "Best Live Casino" and "Best Mobile Product", as well as a caring wife and mother.

Karoline believes that her key achievement is an ability to balance between family and career while remaining successful in both areas.

Woman in Gaming Awards (WIG) aims at creating a progressive platform for women in gaming. In 2018, the winners in different categories in the WIG Awards were the most successful females:

Leader of the Year iGaming (OPERATOR) Irina Cornides, CEO of Jackpotjo.

The innovator of the Year-Lorraine Sammut, Employer Brand and Events Manager at VideoSlots.

B2B Excellence Award-Angela Houslay, Director International Systems Sales at IGT.

As you can see from our review, the number of successful woman in gambling is not smaller than of men. If before gambling was generally considered exclusively men's industry, today women prove otherwise by their numerous awards and achievements. This is yet one more confirmation of the fact that the gambling industry is open to all!


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