Eighteen months after the launch of the Women’s Poker Association, the focus turns to the International poker market.
Ivonne 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. Our International Division includes WPA Europe and WPA Asia Pacific.
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.