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Barbara Enright

Barbara Enright
Enright in 2009. during Monte Carlo Night, an annual charity poker tournament held at the Northridge, California, estate of Nancy Cartwright.
Residence Hollywood, California
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 3
Final table(s) 4
Money finish(es) 13
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
5th, 1995

Barbara Enright is an American professional poker player, motivational speaker, and Editor-in-Chief of Woman Poker Player magazine. She has won three bracelets at the World Series of Poker and has made it to the $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event final table.

Enright was the first woman to win an open event at the WSOP, the first woman to win three WSOP bracelets, and is the only female player (as of 2013) to have made it to the final table of the main event.


  • Early life 1
  • Poker career 2
    • World Series Of Poker Bracelets 2.1
  • Poker Hall of Fame 3
  • Notes 4
  • External links 5

Early life

Enright began playing poker at home at the age of 4, playing five card draw against her older brother. She started playing in cardrooms in 1976. Enright worked as a hairstylist, bartender and cocktail waitress, often holding down three jobs at once to support her family. Soon she was making more money playing poker part-time than all of her jobs combined so she quit working and started playing poker for a living full-time.

Poker career

Enright is best known as the only woman to have reached the final table of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) $10,000 no limit hold'em Main Event. She achieved this in 1995, finishing in 5th place after her pocket eights were outdrawn by a suited 6-3. She also finished in the money in the 2005 Main Event, having qualified through a $10 online satellite. Enright was the first woman to win two WSOP bracelets, the first woman to win three bracelets and the first woman to win an open event at the World Series of Poker.

On July 6, 2007, Barbara Enright was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame along with Phil Hellmuth.[1] She was the first woman to be inducted, followed only by Linda Johnson in 2011.

Enright received the All Around Best Player Award at the 2000 Legends of Poker tournament and was awarded along with her prize money, a new PT Cruiser for her trophy. She had eight money finishes and six final tables.

She is the highest finisher among women in the TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS held at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. She finished in 11th place and just missed winning a car by one player.

She also took part in the televised poker series Poker Royale: Battle of the Ages.

As of 2010, Enright's total live tournament winnings exceed $1,350,000.[2] Her 13 cashes at the WSOP account for $417,006 of those winnings.[3]

Enright is in a relationship with poker player and author Max Shapiro.

World Series Of Poker Bracelets

Enright on the night of her induction into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame
Year Tournament Prize
1986 Women's Seven-Card Stud $16,400
1994 Women's Seven-Card Stud $38,400
1996 * Pot Limit Hold'em $180,000

* First female to win a bracelet in an open event

Poker Hall of Fame

On February 2, 2008, Barbara Enright was inducted into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame, thus making her the only poker player in history to be in all three poker halls of fame including the Senior Poker Hall of Fame, the World Series of Poker Hall of Fame and the Women in Poker Hall of Fame.


  1. ^ Hellmuth, Enright Inducted into Poker Hall of Fame
  2. ^ Hendon Mob tournament results
  3. ^ World Series of Poker Earnings,

External links

  • Woman Poker Player magazine
  • Motivational Speaking
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