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PokerStars x Poker Power Women’s Bootcamp returns in 2023

June 29, 2023

As part of their ongoing commitment to grow the game and ensure poker remains as open and accessible to all, PokerStars has announced the return of the PokerStars x Poker Power Women’s Bootcamp for a second season in a row. The Bootcamp, which will take place from July 31-September 28, is aimed at those who are looking to take their first steps into the world of poker and learn strategies and skills to develop resilience, determination, and patience. Applications are opened until July 22.

Each of the eight modules of the Bootcamp will focus on a different area of poker, while also demonstrating how core gameplay skills can translate to real world success: from negotiation and strategic decision-making to capital allocation.

As well as the Bootcamp being open to women around the world, those who take part will also be able to put their learning into practice as they play PokerStars Home Games. The Bootcamp will lead to a crescendo tournament whereby a final table of recruits will win an all-expenses paid trip to EPT Cyprus this October to take part in the PokerStars x Poker Power Women’s Bootcamp Showdown to compete further for a special package to EPT Prague this December. The announcement follows new research carried out in the UK by PokerStars citing 55 per cent of women do not feel poker is inclusive to them, despite 42 per cent of women who play, believe it brings improved focus and concentration and 38 per cent believing it could improve decision making ability.

Rebecca McAdam Willetts, Director of Partnerships, PR and Consumer Engagement said: “Working alongside our insights community, our ambassadors and key women and groups across the poker world, we are confident we can effect change with the many initiatives we have upcoming. We want to encourage more women to take their seat at the table, and in doing so, learn new skills that can also benefit them elsewhere in life. We want to create an accessible, safe and fun space for education and growth, where those new to the game can be vulnerable and open. We’re now in our second year of proudly working with Poker Power, and for the return of our bootcamp, we’ve taken all the great elements from its debut last year, and evolved it based on all the feedback and learnings along the way. We know there’s great hunger for this and we can’t wait to meet our new recruits and see them learn and grow together!”

Erin Lydon, President of Poker Power added: “PokerStars shares our passion and commitment for the future of women in poker, so we are thrilled to be returning with our joint Bootcamp this year. We are expanding the scope of the Bootcamp to reach more women, and we will not only teach them how to play No Limit Texas Hold'em, but also provide them with skills and strategies that can be applied to their daily lives. We’re excited to introduce more women to the benefits of learning to think, negotiate and take risks, like a winning poker player, and we can’t wait to help them develop game changing poker skills during the Bootcamp.”

Ambassadors such as Lali Tournier, Georgina James and Jennifer Shahade who will be on hand to provide their support and top tips. Further tools such as PokerStars Learn will be available 24/7 for participants to advance their skills in their own time, enabling them to learn hand rankings and familiarize themselves with the format of online poker, for those who haven’t played before or for those in need of a refresher session.



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