Excellence Award – Bonnie Weitzel

Bonnie was raised in a home of poker enthusiasts, where poker was played around the clock beginning on Friday, until time for work on Monday. Learning how to deal and also learning all the poker hands at a tender age of 5!

It wasn’t until 2007, when her late husband read some books on Texas Hold’em and decided to play a tournament in Shreveport, LA. So, they went on Friday to stay the night, so he could play the Saturday morning tournament. To her surprise, there was a ladies tournament that Friday night, and he entered her into it. It turned out to be a event held by the High Heels Poker Series (something she’d never heard of until then). Luck was on her side and she won the tournament! However, she wasn’t completely consumed by the game.

Fast forward to 2012 when Bonnie met her current husband and he loved the game, she was hooked!!! In 2012, she won the WSOP Ladies event in Shreveport. She has cashed a lot of events since then, but her most cherished two were when her husband and she won the WSOP Jack and Jill event in Choctaw and then when both of them final tabled at the Aria chopping for 1st and 2nd. Texas Hold’em is something they both enjoy and can do together. In 2019, Bonnie became a proud Ambassador of the WPA!

The WPA is a great way to continue to grow, encourage, and promote not only ladies to play poker, but create everlasting friendships!!

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