In times gone by you could walk into any poker room in the world and there would be high levels of testosterone emanating from every table. In 2010 things started to change and high levels of estrogen started to permeate the air with an unusual high frequency.

To begin with I doubt the men were complaining – after all staring at women is one of the male species favourite pastimes. In poker, staring is not only deemed appropriate by the females but it is a standard part of the game. But then in 2010 women started to take home bigger and badder slices of the prize pools usually reserved for the pockets of those ogling blokes.

Those paying close attention to betfair codes poker note that when you consider that in most tournaments only 5% of the field is female, you have to take your hat off, when you consider the results achieved in 2010 from such a small minority.

Those using the betfair poker promotional code note that Annie Duke won the NBC Heads-Up Championship and $500,000 after wading through 64 mainly male players to become the first woman to win the title.

Then Vanessa Selbst and Liv Boeree packed the NAPT Mohegan Sun and EPT San Remo trophies into their handbags. The latter, having at one time been coached by Duke, appeared on national morning TV back home in her native UK such was the profile of her win.

Selbst then possibly catapulted herself to the top of the pile of women making an assault on the poker world – when she won the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event in Nov and finished 4th in the EPT High Roller.

Then just a few weeks ago Vanessa Rousso finished an impressive 3rd at the WPT Five Diamond World Classic to cap of a fabulous year for the women in poker.