To be a professional gambler, you need to be a man - at least this is what many media outlets and society as a whole are trying to tell us. Of course, men are seen as being risk-takers but this doesn't necessarily translate into them being the only gender to enjoy playing casino games. Stats show that as many women enjoy a few spins on a Royal Vegas slot machine than men, enjoying the convenience and accessibility of this form of gambling. Especially on smartphones - generally, more women than men enjoy the casual and quick gaming opportunities the Royal Vegas Mobile has to offer. And this is not the only level at which women show their excellence in the world of gambling. There are enough female celebrities by the poker tables and many famous female casino players you should know.
Shannon Elizabeth Fadal is perhaps best-known for the role of Nadia in the cheezy teen comedy "American Pie". Besides having a successful career as an actress, she also had a few escapades into the world of modeling, and she is also well-known for her charity work - among others, she co-founded the Animal Avengers, a charity dedicated to rescuing and finding homes for homeless pets, and she is dedicated to raising awareness for animal rights. And she had a "second career" - poker.
Shannon Elizabeth has played poker professionally between 2005 and 2010, and at a high level, too - she routinely played with the top poker players, she played in the Main Event of the 2005 World Series of Poker, she cashed four times in the WSOP 2006, and she won a special celebrity poker tournament, pocketing a top prize worth $55,000.
If we measure gambling success not by advancement in the ranks of professional players but by the money won, Jennifer Tilly is surely one of the most successful female gamblers ever. When not playing for the camera or lending her voice to various animated characters (like Bonnie from Family Guy), the Oscar-nominated actress is an avid poker player. So much so, that she won a World Series of Poker bracelet, along with almost $160,000, at the 2005 edition of the event. She went on hiatus from poker for a few years, yet she returned to the table in 2010. Since then, her tournament winnings (as of May 2016) have almost reached $1 million.
It's true that you won't find too many women among professional gamblers, especially when it comes to casinos, but you can't say that there are none. One of them to go down in history as a most successful pro gambler is Cathy 'Cat' Hulbert, named by Card Player magazine one of the top 7-Card Stud players in the game's history. At the age of 27, Cat moved to Las Vegas after taking a course in blackjack dealing. She became one of the first female professional card counters, to later move on to 7-Card Stud and becoming one of the best players on Earth.
Cat retired from gambling after a bout with cancer. At one point, she held poker classes for women, and later worked as an online casino consultant.