Natalie Hof Ramos has reported that she was almost raped while working at the EPT Monte Carlo. Only one of several sexual harassment stories of women, who play poker that came out this week.
Natalie Hof Ramos Reports Attempted Rape at EPT Monaco
(1)I experienced sexual harassment at wsop, even pregnant. And there was nobody speaking up except myself. I got almost raped working at ept monaco. It is everywhere. I am happy that there are women out there who never experienced this. But…
— Natalie Hof Ramos (@HofNatalie) May 8, 2022
Natalie Hof Ramos is one of the most famous poker hosts in Germany and also the founder of Herzdamen, a club that supports, connects, and helps women all around the world.
Because of this experience and uncomfortable situations in the poker world my friend @mila_monroe33 and I created the @Herzdamen where we support and study with each other. If you want to join, reach out to us. Our next group call is this Thursday in English w/ @daraokearney
— Natalie Hof Ramos (@HofNatalie) May 9, 2022
Her story has shocked the poker community and raised awareness of the kind of treatment that many women are subjected to in the game.
1) Some snapshots of “fun”moments for me since I started playing poker, a thread:
It’s 2004: The first time I stepped into a poker room & it was at the Sands Casino in Atlantic City. By that time, I had been playing poker w/my bf & his friends for almost 2 yrs & I was OBSESSED.
— Ebony Kenney | Poker & Purposeful Pleasure (@Ebony_Kenney) May 8, 2022
The Reasons Why Not More Women Play Poker
It’s a long-standing question to ask why more women don’t play poker. Surprisingly, given that we can simply ask them, there is still no definitive agreement.
Many say that women are just not as interested in games as what men are. Others say that men make poker a toxic environment for women, making them feel unwelcome.
The 5 most common reasons why more women don’t play poker that I’ve gathered via reading countless tweets:
1. Gender Pay Gap
2. Raising Children
3. Antiquated Cultural Norms
4. Unpleasant experiences
5. Biological differences
Have I missed any?
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) May 8, 2022
The arguments in the above thread did little to clarify the discussion.
Ladies Championship not included in 2022 WSOP Live Stream Schedule
So, just as the discussion about getting more women into poker and making them feel welcome gets going, what poker didn’t need is any negative press on the matter.
Unfortunately, this is exactly what happened when PokerGO declined to promote the Ladies Championship at the 2022 WSOP.
I think it is a real shame that @PokerGO won’t be including the @WSOP Ladies Championship in this coverage. Relentless high roller tournaments perhaps need less support than growing female participation in the game…🤷♀️ #poker https://t.co/4xTFa6UYLe
— Fantastic Ladies In Poker (@flip_ladies) May 6, 2022
It’s all very well putting all of the high roller events on stream, but a part of this should be promoting the game where it is most effective too.
POKER PROductions says that the omission is due to the tournament taking place at the same time as the main event and so holecards would not be available to the viewers at this time.
Does this really matter though? Maybe they will reconsider and give poker this boost at a time when it needs it.
Hi. Unfortunately, the Ladies event takes place during our Main Event setup. It is not possible for us to cover it with hole cards during this time. That’s why there are no events scheduled after the PPC and before the Main Event.
— POKER PROductions (@Poker_Prod) May 6, 2022
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