Marsha Waggoner (born
July 18, 1948 in
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) is an American professional poker player who
currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Waggoner has finished in the money at 19 World Series of Poker
(WSOP) events as
of 2007. Her highest WSOP finish was 2nd place in the 23rd Annual WSOP
Limit 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo
, for which she won $52,500.
as a casino dealer in Sydney, Waggoner
discovered a talent for stud poker, and
in 1977, moved to Reno, Nevada to pursue
Most of her experience up until this point was in cash games
, however her interest in tournament
games was piqued when Amarillo Slim
brought the Second Annual Poker Classic
to Reno in
stayed in Reno until the mid 1980s, at which point she moved to
Vegas, quickly demonstrating her ability at tournament
Texas Hold 'em and Seven-Card Stud events.
In 1987, Waggoner moved to California while continuing to play
professionally. It was around this time that Waggoner began to
establish herself as “a solid and patient tournament player whose
results continually proved she belonged in the game's upper
she was one of four inaugural inductees into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame at
Gambling Hall and Hotel in Las Vegas.
Waggoner’s best tournament placing was winning the 2003 National
Championship of Poker, playing in the Limit 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo
event, a low limit buy in at Hollywood Park Casino.
In 2005, Waggoner was invited to play in the World Poker Tour
’s third annual Legends of
Poker Ladies Night tournament at the Bicycle Casino
, and finished third in one
event of the 2006 Ultimate
As of 2008, her total live tournament winnings exceed
Waggoner is currently single; in 2008 she separated from fellow
poker professional Kenna James
, who she
met at the Hollywood Park Casino in 1997. She has three children
from a previous marriage and five grandchildren, and enjoys playing
golf and dancing.
Although she has lived in America for more than 30 years, Waggoner
still visits her home country regularly to compete in poker
tournaments (such as the Aussie Millions
) and see
her extended family.
Waggoner's brother is noted former Australian photojournalist