Nikita Luther talks gender diversity in poker

July 01, 2020inPoker

Among the latest mainstream chatter about poker, an item appearing in The Hindustan Times about women’s increasing involvement in poker.

Indian bracelet winner discusses gender diversity in poker

This week The Hindustan Times organized a virtual panel discussion featuring participants discussing women in poker. An Indian-English publication based in New Dehli, The Hindustan Times is one of India’s largest newspapers.

The webinar was titled “Stakes Over Stereotypes,” and among the participants was World Series of Poker bracelet winner Nikita Luther.

Nikita Luther (WSOP/

Luther was the first woman from India ever to win a bracelet and just the second from India overall, picking hers up in the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Tag Team event in 2018. In the webinar Luther shared her experience getting involved in poker and finding both success and challenges associated with being a woman in a so-called “man’s game.”

“I received a lot of judgment initially,” she explains, referring as well to public perception about poker and gambling, generally speaking. She adds, however, that over the four years since she got into the game, opinions have started to change.

“People’s reactions these days have taken a 180 degree turn,” she says. “They have realised that becoming a doctor or an engineer isn’t the be-all and end-all of everybody’s aspirations. Now, I am considered inspiring and courageous for doing what I do.”

You can watch the webinar on YouTube.

You can also read more about the webinar and Luther at The Hindustan Times.

READ: “Women in Poker: Placing big bets on gender diversity and inclusion” (The Hindustan Times)




Martin Harris

Martin Harris is a long-time poker reporter and writer who regularly contributes to various outlets, including reporting on online and live tournaments for the PokerStars Blog since 2008. Once a full-time academic teaching college writing and literature, Martin currently teaches part-time at UNC Charlotte where he offers a course in American Studies, "Poker in American Film and Culture." His new book "Poker & Pop Culture: Telling the Story of America's Favorite Card Game" was published by D&B Poker in June 2019.


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