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Man wins women’s poker tournament in Florida, sparks heated debate​

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A man won a women’s poker tournament at a Florida casino over the weekend, sparking a heated debate on social media.

David Hughes, of Deltona, Florida, finished first in the $250 buy-in Ladies No-limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) event Saturday during the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Hughes earned $5,555 for the victory after defeating Dayanna Ciabaton heads-up. The event drew 83 entries.

A poker website identified Hughes as a “70-year-old bearded man.”

According to anti-discrimination laws, Florida casinos are not permitted to ban men from entering a women’s event.

Nevada also prohibits poker tournaments from barring men from entering women’s tournaments. The World Series of Poker’s Ladies event is a $10,000 buy-in tournament with a 90 percent discount for women to deter men from entering.


Hughes’ presence at the final table created a stir, and professional poker player Ebony Kenney said on Twitter she put a $300 bounty on him that was matched by several others in the poker community. The bounty reached over $2,000, though it went unclaimed.

Kenney was critical of Hughes entering the tournament, as were many other poker pros and casual observers. British pro Charlie Carrel weighed in on the issue of gender identity and commented in part, “It pokes fun at the idea that anybody can identify as a woman and be allowed to enter women’s spaces.”

Kenney was critical of Hughes entering the tournament, as were many other poker pros and casual observers. British pro Charlie Carrel weighed in on the issue of gender identity and commented in part, “It pokes fun at the idea that anybody can identify as a woman and be allowed to enter women’s spaces.”

This is not the first time a man has finished first in a tournament intended only for women. In 2009, Abraham Korotki, a former WSOP Circuit event champion, won the $300 buy-in Ladies No-limit Hold’em event at the Borgata Poker Open in Atlantic City.
 

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Man wins women’s poker tournament in Florida, sparks heated debate​

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5/1/23

A man won a women’s poker tournament at a Florida casino over the weekend, sparking a heated debate on social media.

David Hughes, of Deltona, Florida, finished first in the $250 buy-in Ladies No-limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) event Saturday during the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Hughes earned $5,555 for the victory after defeating Dayanna Ciabaton heads-up. The event drew 83 entries.

A poker website identified Hughes as a “70-year-old bearded man.”

According to anti-discrimination laws, Florida casinos are not permitted to ban men from entering a women’s event.

Nevada also prohibits poker tournaments from barring men from entering women’s tournaments. The World Series of Poker’s Ladies event is a $10,000 buy-in tournament with a 90 percent discount for women to deter men from entering.


Hughes’ presence at the final table created a stir, and professional poker player Ebony Kenney said on Twitter she put a $300 bounty on him that was matched by several others in the poker community. The bounty reached over $2,000, though it went unclaimed.

Kenney was critical of Hughes entering the tournament, as were many other poker pros and casual observers. British pro Charlie Carrel weighed in on the issue of gender identity and commented in part, “It pokes fun at the idea that anybody can identify as a woman and be allowed to enter women’s spaces.”

Kenney was critical of Hughes entering the tournament, as were many other poker pros and casual observers. British pro Charlie Carrel weighed in on the issue of gender identity and commented in part, “It pokes fun at the idea that anybody can identify as a woman and be allowed to enter women’s spaces.”

This is not the first time a man has finished first in a tournament intended only for women. In 2009, Abraham Korotki, a former WSOP Circuit event champion, won the $300 buy-in Ladies No-limit Hold’em event at the Borgata Poker Open in Atlantic City.
Makes more sense than a man participating in women’s athletics. No physical advantage here
 

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So they were only mad after he won?

I’m in the minority. I actually support these dudes taking over women sports. They asked for it. I’m dying to see a Tran weirdo or some avg joe just say he identifies as female and go hoop up the WNBA or women’s soccer team . See how much longer those woke Warriors always spewing off shit like it then
 

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So they were only mad after he won?
I highly doubt this.

In past women's tournaments at the WSOP male entrants were told off by the ladies who were playing and the staff fielded many complaints.

As a poker player who would like to see the game grow, womens tournaments are a great way to get new/occasional players into the door. When men enter women's tournaments it can (and does) drive women away from the casino.
 

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I highly doubt this.

In past women's tournaments at the WSOP male entrants were told off by the ladies who were playing and the staff fielded many complaints.

As a poker player who would like to see the game grow, womens tournaments are a great way to get new/occasional players into the door. When men enter women's tournaments it can (and does) drive women away from the casino.
Too bad. Suck it up ladies! Shouldn’t matter who plays. It’s a poker tournament.

Why even label it women’s? Label it men only tournaments then also. Shouldn’t need to do either. If wanting more women playing in casinos they may want to get use to playing vs men because it seems that would be the vast majority anyway.
 

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I think having “only women tournaments” is actually detrimental to women’s equality and empowerment. When you break it down, having these tournaments is essentially conceding that women cannot compete with men in the game of poker, which is a game that doesn’t require physical strength. So what appears to be an event that is supposed to promote the women’s movement, in my opinion, is a statement saying that women are not good enough in poker compared to their male counterpart that they need a separate tournament in order for a woman to be crowned as a poker champion.
 

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I agree with razemaster. It's a form of segregation and poker can be played by anyone. M/F, young or old. Why the 70 year was in it, he says I'm allowed and try to stop me. Simple as that.

Other things like women's sports, men shouldn't be allowed. Just because you couldn't compete with men doesn't make you good because you beat women.

These so called biological males wanting to be female have serious issues mental challenges.
 

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Lets have a "Men only" tournament and watch the protest outside the casino.
 

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Too bad. Suck it up ladies! Shouldn’t matter who plays. It’s a poker tournament.

Why even label it women’s? Label it men only tournaments then also. Shouldn’t need to do either. If wanting more women playing in casinos they may want to get use to playing vs men because it seems that would be the vast majority anyway.
I think you spoke rather tactlessly towards women. Why is it necessary to make poker only for men? Can't make poker for everyone? Let it not matter whether it is male or female. And those who want can participate. Then there will be less such news and there will be less sexism.
 

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I think you spoke rather tactlessly towards women. Why is it necessary to make poker only for men? Can't make poker for everyone? Let it not matter whether it is male or female. And those who want can participate. Then there will be less such news and there will be less sexism.
There are female tournaments.
 

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I think you spoke rather tactlessly towards women. Why is it necessary to make poker only for men? Can't make poker for everyone? Let it not matter whether it is male or female. And those who want can participate. Then there will be less such news and there will be less sexism.
Look buttercup, this place probably ain’t gonna be your cup of tea! You may wanna trot on over to some safe space

Women want equality. Then they want their own circle. Then they say chicks with dicks are women. They asked for it and they got it. So stfu! Dude put lipstick on and tucked his dick in a dress and beat a women’s tournament. Well by god he/she/it/they are a woman apparently in 2023 so I’m told. So what’s the problem?

Why can women play in any tournaments but men can’t? How about a poker tournament just be a tournament? Imagine the uproar if a men only tournament. Who would be complaining? Any men having hissy fits over women only tournament?

Nobody said make poker just for men. It was make poker for poker players. That simple. You wanna play poker go play. It’s open for anyone at anytime
 

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Man wins women’s poker tournament in Florida, sparks heated debate​

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5/1/23

A man won a women’s poker tournament at a Florida casino over the weekend, sparking a heated debate on social media.

David Hughes, of Deltona, Florida, finished first in the $250 buy-in Ladies No-limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) event Saturday during the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Hughes earned $5,555 for the victory after defeating Dayanna Ciabaton heads-up. The event drew 83 entries.

A poker website identified Hughes as a “70-year-old bearded man.”

According to anti-discrimination laws, Florida casinos are not permitted to ban men from entering a women’s event.

Nevada also prohibits poker tournaments from barring men from entering women’s tournaments. The World Series of Poker’s Ladies event is a $10,000 buy-in tournament with a 90 percent discount for women to deter men from entering.


Hughes’ presence at the final table created a stir, and professional poker player Ebony Kenney said on Twitter she put a $300 bounty on him that was matched by several others in the poker community. The bounty reached over $2,000, though it went unclaimed.

Kenney was critical of Hughes entering the tournament, as were many other poker pros and casual observers. British pro Charlie Carrel weighed in on the issue of gender identity and commented in part, “It pokes fun at the idea that anybody can identify as a woman and be allowed to enter women’s spaces.”

Kenney was critical of Hughes entering the tournament, as were many other poker pros and casual observers. British pro Charlie Carrel weighed in on the issue of gender identity and commented in part, “It pokes fun at the idea that anybody can identify as a woman and be allowed to enter women’s spaces.”

This is not the first time a man has finished first in a tournament intended only for women. In 2009, Abraham Korotki, a former WSOP Circuit event champion, won the $300 buy-in Ladies No-limit Hold’em event at the Borgata Poker Open in Atlantic City.

This incident underscores ongoing discussions about gender identity in competitive environments. It also highlights the division between men and women in the world. After all, a general poker tournament could have been organized instead.
 

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