30 September 2019
Written by: Lupe Soto

Ivonne Montealegre, Founder of The Malta Poker Festival, Takes the International Helm

Las Vegas, NV (September 29, 2019) – Eighteen months after the launch of the Women’s Poker Association, the only professional association for women poker players, the focus turns to the International poker market. 

ivonneIvonne Montealegre, Founder of The Malta Poker Festival, has proudly accepted the appointment of WPA International Affairs Director to assist in the expansion and inclusion of the WPA mission outside of North America.  “WPA could not be more excited to have Mrs. Montealegre join our all-volunteer leadership team.  Her talent, vision and expertise in the poker industry elevates the ability to create avenues for women to enter and advance in poker in a global way.  She is supported by over two dozen WPA Advocates already in place outside of the United States.” Said Ms. Lupe Soto, Founder and President of WPA. “The international poker market is rich with women who play and Mrs. Montealegre has a keen vision on how to unify women to help create one global voice for women poker players.”

Ivonne Montealegre has 20+ years of experience in the poker industry. Ranging from marketing direction of poker networks to content, SEO and event direction, she has been involved in all aspects of poker - offline and online. Ivonne is very passionate about poker and turned it into her career. Her contribution to the gaming industry in Malta is invaluable, earning her a prestigious award as The Outstanding Contribution to IGaming Industry.  She is a force to be acknowledged.  An advocate for poker, Ms. Montealegre brings a range of charity, expertise and a true passion for her industry.  She is now spearheading The Malta Poker Festival taking place 29th October - 4th November, 2019 at the Portomaso Casino in Malta.  The series includes a women’s event aptly named “Ladies First”.  Collaboratively, the Fantastic Ladies in Poker (FLIP) organization, by Founder Daiva Byrne, along with Women’s Poker Association will host the Ladies First Tournament on November 2nd at 1600 hours with a €100 Buy in.  This event qualifies for the WPA Player of the Year program. 

Mrs. Montealegre explains ”My 20+ years of expertise in the industry gives valuable insight into our market.  Poker needs to be great again.  I am here to make sure we put all our efforts into this and WPA is my next focus.  Poker has become stagnant.  I am here to shake things up”.

WPA - Women's Poker Association - is a global membership-based, all-volunteer, non-profit professional organization formed to promote, develop, and professionalize the advancement of women in poker.

By heightening the exposure of current women poker players, and encouraging and developing new women players, we hope to increase the number of women in the game.

The WPA, while actively advocating for women in poker, hosts member conferences with a focus on education and skill development, as well as networking and social opportunities.


For more information about Women’s Poker Association Inc, please visit www.WPA.poker.

16 August 2019
Written by: Lupe Soto

ChinaPokerGamestransAsia, and most excitedly, China is one of the strongest emerging markets in poker.  Women's Poker Association welomes the partnership with China Poker Games (CPG) to help open the WPA Asia Region. 

On Saturday, August 24th, WPA will host the Ladies event of the CPG Championship series. This event has been gaining popularity and women in past events have had great success in many of the open events. The CPG Championship is DEFINITELY a destination series!  For all of you who enjoy traveling for poker, this is a MUST DO stop. 

WPA Advocates are attending the series and are available to answer any questions for the women who play. Be sure to stop in and say hi and bring your friends to register for their free WPA Membership too!

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15 July 2019
Written by: Lupe Soto

Battled hard for 9 months playing in my Vegas HORSE League to win one of the coveted seats in the 2019 WSOP Series.  I love my league. It is filled with some of the best mixed game players in Vegas. So to win a seat? It felt great! The rules are, should you win a seat you must play one of  the mixed games offered in the schedule.  I was 3rd place in my league which afforded me the chance to play in the $3k HORSE buy in.  I was THRILLED! I would never pay that kind of money to enter a tournament unless I won my way.  

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