A man who participated in a woman’s poker tournament in Florida won the Texas Hold’em event and took home over $17,000.

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The recent case of a man winning a women’s poker tournament in Florida has sparked debate about the issue of men participating in women-only events.

Dave Hughes, 70, won the $250 no-limit Texas Hold’em event, which had a prize pool of up to $17,450, despite being the only male competitor among 83 players, 82 of whom were women.

While Hughes was able to enter the tournament under anti-discrimination laws that prohibit Florida casinos from banning men from women’s tournaments, the incident has raised questions about the fairness and purpose of such events.

Charlie Carrel, a British poker player, weighed in on the issue in a tweet, saying initially that it was “hilarious that he won.”

“It pokes fun at the idea that anybody can identify as a woman and be allowed to enter women’s spaces,” Carrel continued.

“It’s a real issue that people are taking advantage of in many different areas, including sports, prisons and changing areas. This has lead to some horrific repercussions (female inmates being raped in prison, or women getting destroyed in MMA fights by somebody who spent 95% of their life as a man).

“It does suck that it comes at the expense of the women’s only space. I wouldn’t do it, even though I probably share the same criticisms. Female only spaces in poker are really needed. Mixed poker can often be absolutely horrendous environments for women to be a part of.

“The trans issue is a lot easier to handle in poker, as the stakes are relatively low. The difference between male and female players is negligible enough that the incentive for men to join women’s spaces isn’t really there.”

Some players have defended the idea of ladies-only tournaments, arguing that they provide a comfortable and supportive environment for female players.

Others, however, have called for more inclusive and diverse events that do not exclude players based on gender.

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  1. 70 yr old idiot. They come in all sizes and shapes with no distinction on age. He just had to prove he’s an idiot.

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