Poker World in an Uproar over British Politician's Sexist Comments

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Females have made quite a few strides in the poker world in recent years. Players like Vanessa Selbst, Loni Harwood and Dana Castaneda have stepped into the limelight after winning WSOP gold bracelets against the boys. But even with this being said, there are still plenty of guys who don't think women can play.

Add UKIP Treasurer Stuart Wheeler to this list since he recently made some very sexist comments regarding female poker players. During a debate over corporate board hiring quotas, Wheeler used poker and other skill games to question women's competitiveness.

“I’d just like to challenge the idea that it is necessary to have a lot of women or a particular number on a board," he said. "Business is very, very competitive and you should take the performance of women in another competitive area, which is sport where men have no strength advantage. Chess, bridge, poker: women come absolutely nowhere. I think that has to be borne in mind."

Dr Clare Gerada, who's the chair of the Royal College of GPs, was very offended at these debate comments. She said, "My mother at 83 is the biggest bridge champion and continues to be year after year. I think that is such a sexist comment."

Tory MP Tracey Crouch is another person who offered a rebuttal to Wheeler's comments. She tweeted, "Competitiveness is not gender based. It is down to personality. And if Stuart Wheeler wants proof, then find a chess board & I’ll kick his..."

What's interesting about Wheeler's sexist remarks is that he's not totally oblivious to poker. In fact, he once finished 33rd in the 2003 WSOP Main Event and collected $35,000. But apparently he hasn't paid much attention to the strides that ladies have been making in the game recently. Just last year, both Gaelle Baumann (10th) and Elisabeth Hille (11th) notched outstanding WSOP Main Event finishes - much better than what Wheeler did nine years earlier.