At the age of four, she was playing with her older brother, Five Card Draw. From 1976 she played in casinos. Subsequently, she worked as a waitress and hairdresser. They often worked simultaneously at three points in order to earn enough money for living expenses. Soon, however, she realized that she could earn more money playing poker and so she started her career.
Enright won the 1986 and 1994 Women's Tournament in the variant Seven Card Stud
In 1995 she became the first and so far only woman who could reach the final table of the Main Event. However, it was only fifth as they lost with two eights against Suited, a six and a three, her opponent. Ten years later, Enright came again in the money after they had qualified for just $ 10 on a Satellite.
She became the first woman in 1996, who won an open tournament of the World Series. In addition, she was the first woman to win one, two and three bracelets.
In recognition of her achievements, she was introduced on 6 July 2007 with Phil Hellmuth in the Poker Hall of Fame. Thus, Barbara Enright is the first woman plays this honor.
By 2013, they took over $ 1.5 million through official poker tournaments.
Today she lives on the poker circuit somewhat withdrawn and only play occasionally in tournaments. Instead, they earned their livelihood through online poker. Enright is married to the author and poker player Max Shapiro.