While female poker players have definitely cracked the male-dominated barrier in WSOP events – having collectively won lots of gold bracelets – they’ve yet to do the same in the World Poker Tour. In fact, women haven’t won an open WPT tournament of any kind since the organization began operating in 2002.
Lily Kiletto was recently trying to change this bit of history at the 2013 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open. Kiletto was already turning heads because she’s a stunning, hot, exotic model; the fact that she was chasing a major poker title just gave red-blooded males even more reason to gawk at her.
The dark-skinned beauty began the Lucky Hearts Open final table with the shortest stack (860k chips). However, she made some gutsy calls, built her stack, and survived until a heads-up match with Matt Giannetti. The latter took the fun out of things after cruising to victory and adding $298,304 to his impressive total of $4,265,072 in career winnings.
As for Kiletto, she collected the tidy sum of $191,180 after finishing runner-up and brought her career earnings to $212,169. In all, the 30-year-old has $212,180 in live poker tournament winnings and put herself on the poker map.
The second place Lucky Hearts Open finish may not be enough to land Kiletto a major sponsorship deal. But after giving herself a huge bankroll boost, it’s likely that we’ll continue seeing the model/fashion designer in plenty more future tourneys.
This is especially true since she had already been playing in poker tournaments on her own since 2011. Kiletto had racked up 11 tourney cashes prior to the big Lucky Hearts runner-up effort. So it appears as if she has a solid knowledge of the game and could continue her success in the future.