PokerStars Reveals 9 Women Finalists for 2021 PSPC Platinum Pass
PokerStars has officially released the names of the nine women finalists who will compete for the highly-coveted Platinum Pass for the 2021 PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC).
The final nine contestants were selected from a long list of nominations submitted by poker fans around the world, as part of a contest launched by PokerStars in March to mark International Women’s Day.
Fans were encouraged to nominate any women who they believed had been an inspirational figure in poker and who had made a significant contribution to the overall growth of the game.
PokerStars originally planned to pick just six finalists but decided to increase the number to nine, owing to the unprecedented volume of nominations they have received. The nine finalists include Katie Stone, Jan Fisher, Daiva Byrne, Glada Shiyan Fang, Christina Reed, Aurelie Reard, Terry Hatcher, Meichelle Culchane and Alexis Sterner.
Who Are These 9 Women?
Katie Stone is a professional poker player from New Jersey. She currently represents partypokerUS and BorgataPoker.com, while Fisher is a Las Vegas-based Card Player Cruises partner and also a poker instructor. Daiva Byrne is a native of Lithuania but currently resides in Manchester, UK. She is a poker pro and the founder of “Fantastic Ladies in Poker (FLIP)“.
Glada Shiyan Fang is an Italian poker pro based in Malta. According to her Twitter profile, she is a member of Team Pro Online PokerStars, and the first European female pro to achieve Supernova Elite status at the online poker site. Christina Reed is a semi-professional poker player from Georgia, USA and has been a long-time advocate for women in poker.
Aurelie Reard is a French professional poker player who is now based in Cardiff, Wales. She has played in various major tournaments around the world, including the WSOP, WPT, EPT and Unibet Open.
Terry Hatcher is heavily involved in women’s poker. She is a representative of the Women’s Poker Association (WPA), and an admin for WPA Austin ladies poker league. She is also a tournament director and dealer, who currently resides in Austin, Texas, USA. Meichelle Culchane is an American volunteer poker teacher for senior citizens, while Alexis Sterner is poker player from Orlando, Florida, USA who also works as a registered nurse.
Live Final To Take Place
The nine women finalists will compete in a live final, but for now PokerStars has yet to confirm the official date of the competition due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But it’s understood the final battle will take place before the PSPC.
The PSPC is among the most prestigious poker festivals in the world. The inaugural event was won in 2019 by Ramon Colillas for $5.1 million!