RecPoker | Episode 471 – Tara Smith

By Jim Reid
April 10, 2023

This week Jim Reid and the RecPoker RECing Crew interview the President of the Women’s Poker Association, Tara Smith!

Tara shares some details about her entry into the world of poker, and how she became drawn to the cause of advocacy for women in the game. She shares some of the origin story of the WPA and her role in it now, as well as outlining some of the issues women face in the poker world. Next she talks about some of the solutions the WPA and other great organizations like it are hoping to implement in the near future. The group also talks about how men can help support and encourage players of every demographic, and Tara gives some specific and helpful advice for how any of us can make the poker table a more positive and encouraging place for anyone to join.

Tara also shares some details about the WPA’s advocacy programs and how our male listeners can become Purple Tie Guys and show their support for the cause. Plus we give away a free prize at the end for folks in the YouTube chat. Join us on YouTube next Monday at 7:30 ET for free to ask our guests questions in real time, and you can win too!

Tara is active on Twitter as https://twitter.com/mspokermafia

WPA Purple Tie Guys – https://www.wpa.poker/2/purple-tie-guy/

How to order patches – https://www.wpa.poker/2/patches-order/

Raise it Up Info & Recommended Rooms List – https://www.wpa.poker/2/raiseitup/ & https://www.wpa.poker/2/raise-it-up-recommended-poker-rooms-lists/

Women’s Poker Playlist – https://www.wpa.poker/2/womens-poker-playlist/

WPA Contact links:

Facebook Page

Facebook Community Group for Members



We also go over this week’s home game results and discuss these topics:
How to help us out – https://rec.poker/support/
Home Games – https://rec.poker/homegame/
Go Premium! – https://rec.poker/premium/

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Time Stamps

05:08Welcome & Introduction 
11:37Introduction to Tara Smith
12:05Tara describes her role in the world of poker 
13:27How Tara got started in poker
16:47Tara: I feel like poker in general didn’t do a great job marketing to women
20:23Intimidation and aggressive aspects to gain an advantage
23:03Tara talks about the programs in the WPA (Women’s Poker Association)
27:20The best way to help when at a table
32:52Tara talks about the Purple Tie Guy
41:09Tara: Playing poker is such parallel to your life
42:13Common mistakes or leaks beginners or rec players have
52:25John: Home Game updates



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Jim Reid is the host of the RecPoker Podcast and one of the leaders of the free poker learning community at www.rec.poker where you can find an amazing array of training resources and social community activities to help you develop and share your love of this great game we call poker! Learn more about Jim […]

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