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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

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Even winning this year's ladies no-limit hold 'em event that had more than 600 entrees - almost three times the number in 2004 - was no easy task. Actress Jennifer Tilly took the title and $158,625 on June 27 by topping Liebert and Violette.

Liebert and Violette both have finished in the money in some of the other World Series of Poker events held in Las Vegas in the days leading up to the main draw. Violette won $295,970 in a $2,000 no-limit hold' em showdown after finishing second among 1,403 players.

Such success at the table has earned women players respect - sometimes grudgingly - from men.

Duke no longer has to endure a guy sticking his tongue in her ear or others making sexually charged comments - unsavory tales from her poker past.

"I'm easy to yell at because I'm not going to beat you up," said Duke, a mother of four who graduated from Columbia University and went on to study cognitive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Duke said men like to think they can steamroll women and it's "odious" to them to lose to a woman player. Those attitudes can create advantages and disadvantages in a woman's game, according to Negreanu.