Cracking Aces tells the fascinating story of the pioneering women who broke through the glass ceiling of professional poker.
Long before the #MeToo movement, a handful of young poker players challenged stereotypes and battled a hostile environment where women were often abused, insulted, and sexually harassed. Despite the fact that some of the top-ranked players in the world are now female, terms like “girls on the rail” and “hot girls of poker” remain common in the industry, objectifying women and diminishing their potential. But in the last decade, the Internet—and the anonymity that it provides—has been a factor in opening up the game of poker to an increasing number of women, and today more women are challenging the barriers of professional poker and learning to use gender to their advantage.
Cracking Aces is directed by H. James Gilmore and produced by Tracy Halcomb, professor of communication at Flagler College.