In 1979, Benny Binion, the owner of the Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas, established the Poker Hall of Fame. Now, more than thirty years later, the Hall of Fame remains as a way to honor those who have contributed to the game. This Hall of Fame Spotlight Series will focus on the various members of the Hall of Fame and their contributions to the game.
With the amazing success in women this summer at the WSOP, we turn our attention to one of the first women to break through the gender barrier, Barbara Enright.
Enright’s successes are many, but she is probably best known for her success at the WSOP, where she became (1) the first woman to win an open event, (2) the first woman to win three WSOP bracelets, and (3) the only female player to have made it to the final table of the main event. Her final table appearance was in 1995, when she placed 5th. She won her first bracelet in 1986 at a Women’s Only Seven Card Stud event at the WSOP. Her second bracelet came in 1994 in the same event, making her the first woman to have two WSOP bracelets. Her final bracelet came in 1996 in a Pot Limit Hold’em event, making her the first woman to win an open event and the first woman to win three WSOP bracelets.
Enright is also a member of the Senior Poker Hall of Fame and the Women in Poker Hall of Fame. She is also the first woman to have been inducted into the WSOP Hall of Fame.