PokerStars and Poker Power team up for second edition of Women’s Bootcamp

PokerStars has announced the return of the 2023 PokerStars x Poker Power Women’s Bootcamp after a successful inaugural year and as part of their ongoing commitment to “grow the game and ensure poker remains as open and accessible to all.”

Taking place from July 31-September 28, 2023, the Bootcamp is aimed at those who are looking to take their first steps into the world of poker and learn strategies and skills to develop “resilience, determination, and patience.”

Made up of eight modules, each one will focus on a different area of poker, while also demonstrating how core gameplay skills can translate to “real-world success,” from negotiation and strategic decision-making to capital allocation.

As well as the Bootcamp being open to women around the world, those who take part will also be able to put their “learning into practice” as they play PokerStars Home Games.

The parties noted that the Bootcamp will lead to a crescendo tournament whereby a final table of recruits will win an all-expenses paid trip to EPT Cyprus this October to take part in the PokerStars x Poker Power Women’s Bootcamp Showdown to compete further for a special package to EPT Prague this December.

The announcement follows new research carried out in the UK by PokerStars citing that over half of women (55 percent) do not feel poker is inclusive to them, despite 42 percent of women who play believing it brings improved focus and concentration and 38 percent believing it could improve decision-making ability.

Rebecca McAdam Willetts, PokerStars’ Director of Partnerships, PR and Consumer Engagement, said: “Working alongside our insights community, our ambassadors and key women and groups across the poker world, we are confident we can effect change with the many initiatives we have upcoming.”

“We want to encourage more women to take their seat at the table, and in doing so, learn new skills that can also benefit them elsewhere in life. We want to create an accessible, safe and fun space for education and growth, where those new to the game can be vulnerable and open.”

McAdam Willetts added that, for the second year of the bootcamp, the company and Poker Power have taken “all the great elements from its debut last year,” and evolved it based on all the feedback and learnings along the way.

“PokerStars shares our passion and commitment for the future of women in poker, so we are thrilled to be returning with our joint Bootcamp this year,” added Erin Lydon, President of Poker Power. “We are expanding the scope of the Bootcamp to reach more women, and we will not only teach them how to play No Limit Texas Hold’em, but also provide them with skills and strategies that can be applied to their daily lives.”

We’re excited to introduce more women to the benefits of learning to think, negotiate and take risks, like a winning poker player, and we can’t wait to help them develop game-changing poker skills during the Bootcamp.”

Applications to the Bootcamp are now open with the recruitment window closing on July 22. Those who take part will be able to learn from expert Poker Power instructors using the Poker Power Play app, and PokerStars Ambassadors such as Lali Tournier, Georgina James and Jennifer Shahade who will be on hand to provide their support and top tips.

Further tools such as PokerStars Learn will be available 24/7 for participants to advance their skills in their own time, enabling them to learn hand rankings and familiarise themselves with the format of online poker, for those who haven’t played before or for those in need of a refresher session.