Ladies First Poker Tournament Spring 2024: A Celebration of Women in Poker hosted by Kerryjane Craigie

Malta, Spring 2024 – The Malta Poker Festival (MPF) has always been a beacon of inclusivity and excellence in the world of poker. This spring, the festival is set to reach new heights with the Ladies First poker tournament. At the forefront of this event is none other than Kerryjane Craigie, fondly known as Kj.

The Force Behind the Event: Kerryjane Craigie

Kj is not just any poker room manager; she is the lifeblood of The Hippodrome, one of central London’s most vibrant poker venues. Her dedication and hands-on approach in managing the poker offerings at The Hippodrome set her apart. From handling buy-ins to organizing chips, Kj is deeply involved in every aspect of the game, working closely with her team of 50 employees.

As a strong advocate for women in poker, Kj’s role extends beyond the poker room. She serves as the Raise it up Program Manager for WPA International (Women’s Poker Association), championing the cause of female poker players globally.

Kj’s involvement in the MPF as the host of the Ladies First poker tournament is a significant milestone. In her words: “The MPF is a perfect combination of expertly run Poker with fun and sun added. I am honored to be the host and invite everyone to join us for this incredible event.”

Ivonne Montealegre, Event Director of MPF, shares her excitement, stating: “We are so proud to have Kj as our Ladies First host. Her energy and knowledge are unparalleled, and we are excited to see her elevate the game at our property.”

Kj’s recent scholarship through the European Casino Association into the Executive Development Program at the University of Las Vegas, highlights her commitment to excellence and continuous learning in the field of casino and poker management.

Ladies First hosted by Kj Craigie is set to see cards in the air on Saturday 27th of April at 16:00 hrs at Portomaso casino Malta.

Celebrating Women in Poker

This edition of Ladies First is further enhanced by the partnership with LIPS (Ladies International Poker Series) celebrating its 20th anniversary. Lupe Soto will be gracing the event, adding to the allure of the Ladies First tournament.

The Women’s Poker Association (WPA) will be present as many members, including International board members have confirmed their attendance.  WPA will celebrate the ‘Final Table’ of the Ladies First Event with a purple bracelet for the nine women that make the final table.

Alexandra O’Brien the renowned author of various bestselling books on Poker, will also be attending the much-anticipated Ladies First event. As an added treat for the final table players, she will be personally autographing a total of 9 copies of her latest book “The Truth Detective” exclusively for them. This exceptional opportunity not only grants the participants a chance to showcase their skills at the table but also offers them a unique and treasured keepsake from one of the premier voices in the world of Poker literature.

The previous Spring edition of Ladies First saw almost 100 participants from across the globe, showcasing the growing popularity and importance of women in poker. This year, the event is expected to surpass these numbers, further cementing its place as a must-attend event in the poker calendar.

Expanding Reach: Satellites and Special Packages

In an exciting development, the Ladies First poker tournament is extending its reach globally. Satellites for the event are available at the Ladies Club at The Hippodrome, offering players a chance to qualify for the main event. Additionally, a special all-inclusive package will be introduced, details of which will be shared through the tournament’s social media channels. This package aims to provide participants with a comprehensive and enjoyable experience at the festival.

Moreover, the tournament’s influence stretches as far as Australia, where a live satellite tournament will be held. This inclusion highlights the international appeal of the Ladies First poker tournament and its significance in the global poker community.

The Ladies First poker tournament at the MPF is more than just a competition; it’s a celebration of the camaraderie, skill, and the spirit of women in poker. Under Kj’s leadership, the event promises to be a spectacular showcase of talent and a testament to the strides women have made in this traditionally male-dominated sport. Join us this Spring at the Malta Poker Festival for an unforgettable experience!

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