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The 10 Best Female Canadian Poker Players Of All Time

by Rory Connaughton, Sponsored Posts

Poker has been woven into the fabric of Canadian culture, and while it is still predominantly considered a male preserve, women have started to make headway over the past few years.

Part of this has been down to the advancements in technology at online casinos, as well as having more accessibility to live games.


A cursory glance at the all-time money list seems to suggest so, and the much-heralded WSOP (World Series of Poker) organization has done a lot to promote the women's game with a wealth of tournaments staged each year.


But before you decide to flee your life and travel to Ontario to join them in the glitz and glamour of the casino, let’s find out who the best female Canadian poker players of all time are so you can learn from them. This guide will share our findings with you.


However, before we get down to the serious business of revealing our carefully considered list, it would be fair to assert that female poker players are at the absolute top of their game. If you want to join them in a flutter, but poker isn’t your thing you can always jump online for a quick game of 21, craps, or even some slots. Just make sure you’re having a good time online, and always try to make sure you’re playing at the best online casino Ontario has to offer.


Kristen Foxen

The inimitable Kristen Foxen is arguably the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) on this list. With four WSOP bracelets to her name, Foxen has left an indelible mark on poker.


To date, she has raked in over 6 million dollars, and she was also a former PartyPoker ambassador. Not only that but she was named GIP Female Player of the Year three years on the trot from 2017 to 2019.


Xuan Liu

A former poker ambassador for 888Poker and Natural8, she has amassed over $2m in career live earnings. Her biggest win to date came in 2012 when she finished fourth in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure which helped her scoop a prize of $600,000.


More intriguingly, Liu trained as an accountant before switching her attention to poker, and it was a move that paid dividends.


Isabelle Mercier

Rounding off the top three is Isabelle Mercier. One of the foremost poker stars, Mercier, 48, graduated from the University of Montreal with a law degree, and it was after she moved to France that she fell in love with poker.


She is far from a shrinking violet at the table, and she lifted the World Poker Tour Ladies Invitational title in 2004. Her total earnings take her over the $1.2m mark.



Vanessa Kade

Having risen to prominence over two years ago at the 15th anniversary PokerStars Sunday Million where she nabbed $1.5million, Vanessa Kade used to play under the username “Niffler", and many of her biggest cashouts have come on the high-roller PokerGo Tour trail.


Louise Francoeur

Born in Canada, but now residing in Las Vegas, Louis Francouer’s exploits on the poker circuit haven't gone unnoticed, and she is five on the all-time money list with around $880,000 to her name.


However, she was at the center of an unsavory incident back in April when competing at the Irish Open after she was repeatedly slapped and aggressively sworn at by a man at the tournament.


Kara Scott

Apart from playing Canadian poker tour events, Kara Scott has made serious inroads in the media industry. Moreover, she has been a frequent contributor to a variety of poker media, and has been one-half of the UK-based podcast "Off the Rail". Scott has enjoyed some fantastic results over her career, and she has a big fanbase.



Carla Sabini

Although she might be a bit of a closed book as far as her personal life is concerned, Carla Sabini’s achievements on the female professional poker circuit are well documented.


She has a bit of an enigmatic playing style, but she has still picked up around $600,000 in live career earnings.


Cindy Kerslake

A well-known poker player from Calgary, Cindy Kerslake has earned over $500,000 from games played on the pro tour, and she is still active on the circuit. Her last appearance was back in June where she finished 28th in a DeepStack Championship Poker Series tournament at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.


Tammy Wing

Another active player still doing the rounds is Tammy Wing. In her most recent appearance at the DeepStack Championship Poker Series event in July at the Venetian Hotel, Wing claimed winnings of $2,681. She has hauled in over $460,000 in career earnings, and she is a tough competitor.



Evelyn Ng

Wrapping up this carefully curated list is Evelyn Ng. A poker player who started competing for real money at the age of 14, Ng was at one point a blackjack and poker dealer.

Her claim to fame came in 2003 when she finished as the runner-up at the World Poker Tour Ladies Event, but she has had some big cash outs, including the 73,250 dollars won at the $25,000 + 500 WPT Championship No-Limit Hold’em event in Las Vegas in 2006.

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