Ladies tournaments are an essential part of the schedule for a given stage or circuit. The presence of women at the tables is remarkable, and with an event exclusively for female players, the participation of women increases more and more, creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for new players. At least, that’s how it should be.
This is because, based on American legislation, an event cannot prevent men from participating in the traditional Ladies Event. Of course, the situation becomes uncomfortable for everyone, and there are measures to make the practice unfeasible (such as the US$10,000 buy-in with a 90% discount for women in the WSOP Ladies Event), but for legal reasons, if a man wants to take part in a women’s tournament in the USA, he can.
The discussion is quite old and controversial, but the vast majority of people (and common sense) say that men shouldn’t take part in this type of event. Recently, professional gamer and content creator Antonio Cristallini left a request on his Twitter account: “men, stop entering women’s tournaments and making the rest of us look bad. Honestly, every guy who doesn’t is an asshole.”
Cristallini’s tweet was met with mixed responses. The user “JoeyBallCap”, for example, said that poker is not a physical sport and that there is no advantage to being a man or a woman when playing:
While another user, by the name of Zack Allen, reinforced the issue of a welcoming environment for female players and agreed with the practice of exclusive events:
The argument used by some of the players who sign up for these tournaments is that, because it is a sport of the mind, there is no advantage to being male or female. But the vast majority of female players say that the advantage of the Ladies Event is not in the level of the field or the prize pool, but in the more welcoming atmosphere, which increases female participation and even inspires new players to take part in the competition.
This issue seems to be ignored by the men who play in the tournament. Some say they do it to “protest”, but the truth is that no one would be harmed if the Ladies Event were played only by women. Unfortunately, some people can’t think beyond their own navels; it’s not a legislative issue as much as it is a matter of common sense.