The UK welcomes first-ever all-female poker league

Female poker players based in the United Kingdom received a timely boost recently, after the Grosvenor Casino in Sheffield announced that they will be launching a women’s only league starting in June. The news comes at a time where diversity across sport and casino-related games is shifting to include female participants, and there’s a strong interest from ladies playing in the UK in particular so it’s been warmly received. Some may look to hone their skills via online poker tournaments before playing live, but the interest is likely to be huge. 

The league itself will be held in the poker room at the Grosvenor and will last for a duration of six weeks, with the winner gaining entry to the Goliath Poker Tournament 2019. Ladies from all backgrounds are welcomed, but it’s likely the majority will be locals or from the surrounding areas in South Yorkshire. 

Goliath Tournament

The format of the live poker league is fairly straight-forward and will provide women with the chance to enhance their skills and strategies, and the points system that has been incorporated will determine the overall winner at the end of the tournament. The lucky winner will automatically qualify for the Goliath that starts on 25th July at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry for the chance to win a cool £100,000. 

Goliath Tournament


The Goliath is one of the most popular tournaments within the poker circuit and generates a high level of interest from potential players, with 7,500 recorded entries for 2018’s event, that’ll likely increase and we’ll likely see more female players. The Grosvenor have provided a brilliant opportunity for UK-based female players to not only improve their overall game, but to gain entry to one of the most sought after tournaments on the circuit.

Initial reaction

Naturally, the feedback has been well-received by the inhabitants of Sheffield and other towns in South Yorkshire, and Rachael Proctor was more than happy to demonstrate her happiness with the Grosvenor’s decision. The mum of three – who has played for over a decade – explains how she is really looking forward to playing against like-minded females. 

“It’s fantastic news that Grosvenor Casino Sheffield is running a dedicated all-female poker league,” she said

“Poker is a real passion point for me and I play at the casino regularly.

“What this league will offer women across South Yorkshire is the chance to learn how to play as well as socialise with like-minded women in a safe and welcoming environment. I’m looking forward to the league starting and meeting lots of new friends in the process.”

The general manager of the Grosvenor in Sheffield, Charlie Churchill, was next to praise the decision: 

“We’re really excited to be hosting the UK’s first ever all-female club live poker league. The popularity for playing poker amongst women has grown massively over recent years and we’re proud as a club to be creating more inclusive opportunities that welcome women to play.”

It really is a pivotal moment for female poker players in the UK and assuming the league in Sheffield is successful, expect the Grosvenor to start introducing more across other towns and cities. Saying that, other casinos will likely latch on to the idea as well to bridge the gap between the diversity that previously existed.