Carol Fuchs and Katherine Fleck- Two of the women running deep in the WSOP. Like it or not, women generally represent between 5-10% of poker tournament fields. The figure further deteriorates in high buy-in mixed games tournaments. Having said that, two ladies have given a tough run at the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. tournament. They put forth exemplary moves. Fleck finished 16th for $17,677 and Fuchs reached 11th for $25,498. The field had 166 entries and $1.6 million in prize pool.

Carol Fuchs

WSOP bracelet winner in 2015 in $1,500 Dealer’s Choice, Carol Fuchs is a part-time player. But, her passion for poker has earned her almost $4,13,000 in lifetime tournament winnings.

Fuchs’ career spans over many roles. From entertainment lawyer to screenwriter to producer to poker player, Fuchs has excelled in every endeavour she has taken up. It was only in January this year she won the $570 Omaha 8-or-Better at the L.A Poker Classic for $14,205.

James McManus’ popular book Positively Fifth Street inspired Fuchs to take up poker, which she continues to enjoy every bit-especially the mixed games. She juggles around 20-25 tournaments a year and is planning to cover 10 at the WSOP this year.

“The thing that I love about mixed games is that there’s always something new and different to think about. Just when you get tired or bored of a game, it changes. The bigger the mix the better. It’s always exciting and interesting, time flies by.”

Katherine Fleck

A homemaker and an entrepreneur- Katherine Fleck is a multitasker who has been playing poker for 20 years now. Fleck hails from Florida, and she began playing poker at the time when the state only allowed card rooms to run games that capped the action at a $10 total pot. She learned the game and worked her way up. Currently, her career live tournament winnings amount to over $82,000.

It is the mixed games, Fleck finds thrill in. “I just get kind of got tired of No Limit Hold’em. It’s just two cards. It gets kind of boring. And I like the strategy with the mixed games. I like the stud games – I just enjoy the variety.”

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