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Breaking Barriers: A Woman's Guide to Starting in the Casino Industry

by Eleanor Matthews

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The world of gaming has almost reached a gender balance, with platforms such as What’s The Big Data reporting rising equality. Alas, when it comes to the world of iGaming, it is still very much a male-dominated industry. For the women who are looking to change this, we’re here to help guide you along.


The first thing you need to do is find the right platform to join to start enjoying casino games. This can be a tedious process, to vet all the sites and figure out which meets your needs. Luckily, the internet is filled with knowledge, and as they say, knowledge is power.

With the press of just one button, you can visit sites that will advise you of the platforms that currently have ongoing promotions. Plus, they typically hold other information such as payment methods, ease of use, accessibility, and more. This vault of data can be quite helpful and will surely help you save some time.

After this point, you should start looking into the games themselves. There will be a fair variety you can pick from, but regardless, you should always learn their rules and study applicable strategies. But simply reading about this is not quite enough; practice makes perfect. As luck may have it, such platforms typically have demo modes available to try out the games before even making any deposits.

Staying updated on current trends is another important matter. This way you can learn about the latest strategies, games, and news related to the industry. But ultimately, the most important part is to enjoy yourself. It can take time to properly get accustomed to and be good at any hobby, and this one is certainly no exception to the rule.


You might not have heard of many female trailblazers in the casino world, but they are there and they’re quite phenomenal. They are proving that regardless of gender, and the obstacles that come along with it such as stereotypes of women only enjoying activities such as fashion and skincare routines, you can still be successful in this field.

Let’s start this off with Eleanor Dumont, also known as Madame Moustache, born Simone Jules. She was a prolific player and talented card dealer in the 19th century and even opened up her own parlor. Her success led her to expand further, opening up Dumont’s Place, which alas had to be sold due to an economic crisis.

Next up we have Lottie Deno (Carlotta J. Thompkins), another female player with a fun moniker - Roul-Lottie. She became one of the most famous poker players in the Southwest, something she was taught by her father. The specific moment she rose to fame can be pinned down to Fort Griffin, although she traveled quite a lot, gambling throughout her journey.

Finally, for someone more current, we have Vanessa Selbst, a woman with quite a fascinating history. She was set to become a lawyer but found out she had quite the knack for poker in her 20s. And her accomplishments are quite evident, as per her 3 WSOP bracelet wins. This has cemented her not only as one of the best female players but best players all around.

There’s plenty of space for everyone at the casino table. By following all of the above tips while drawing inspiration from the successful women who already have broken the barriers, you will be able to navigate through this industry easily. So go forth and roll the dice; you never know when Lady Luck will be on your side.


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