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English: Vanessa Selbst after winning the $1,5...
English: Vanessa Selbst after winning the $1,500 pot-limit Omaha event at the 2008 World Series of Poker. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Not yet has a woman won the World Series of Poker Main Event, but every year we come closer. Each year, much attention is focused upon the last woman standing in poker’s most celebrated tournament. Since its inception nearly 4 and 1/2 decades ago, only one lady has managed to break through and capture a final table finish. Barbara Enright took home 5th place prize money in 1995, marking the only time in the history of poker that the fairer sex was represented at a WSOP Main Event final table.

In 2012, the entire poker community was transfixed by the play of Elisabeth Hille and Gaelle Baumann, who just missed being included in the Octo-Nine, finishing 11th and 10th, respectively. Both were knocked out of the competition by Andras Koroknai, the lone 2012 final tablist who was not an American citizen. The Hungarian’s pocket 7’s held up against the three-bet all-in pre-flop A-Q of Hille, and his A-J outkicked Baumann’s A-9 when the board revealed Q-Q-3-8-K.

Many players and fans were rooting for the young ladies to make the final table and both received tremendous applause from the rail upon their eliminations. Both took home $590,422 in prize money and will forever be remembered for making a deep run that fell just short of the elite class of WSOP Main Event final tablists.

Many believe that the next lady with the best chance of landing at the WSOP Main Event final table is Vanessa Selbst. Poker’s all-time leader on the money list for females had a stellar WSOP last summer, cashing five times for more than $530,000 that included a gold bracelet in the $2,500 Six-Handed 10 Game event good for $244,259. Selbst also landed 73rd in the Main Event, grabbing $88,070.

To honour these great female poker players the second question is: what is the name of the first woman to finish in the money in the World Series of Poker Main Event, the year she did it, in what position she exited the tournament and of course how much she won?

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WSOP Main Event Final Table 2010 Wrap-Up


As we sit here on the stage absorbing what we’ve just seen, it’s hard to find words to close this day out properly. But we’ll try.

It was just after high noon when our November Nine filed onto the stage and into their seats under the bright lights of the made-for-TV set. They were soon engulfed by a crowd of close to 2,000 spectators all decked out in matching shirts, patched up like your grandfather’s trousers, and screaming multi-lingual cheers in unison at full throat. Bruce Buffer soon took the stage to utter the most famous words in poker, and suddenly a poker game broke out amidst all the madness and pomp.

It took 28 hands to find our first casualty of the day, and it was the amateur to fall first. Soi Nguyen was content to flip his {Q-Diamonds} {Q-Spades} against Jason Senti’s {A-Diamonds} {K-Clubs}, but a third queen on the flop was all she wrote for Nguyen.

The second victim was also sent packing on a coin flip, albeit an exciting coin flip. Michael Mizrachi’s {A-Diamonds} {Q-Diamonds} loved the {Q-Spades} {8-Diamonds} {Q-Diamonds} flop, but Matthew Jarvis’ {9-Clubs} {9-Hearts} liked the {9-Spades} turn a little bit better. It looked like he’d just saved his tournament life, but the {A-Spades} river gave the pot back to The Grinder and sent Jarvis off in eighth place.

Seven-handed play dragged on for an eternity, and Michael Mizrachi took advantage of the table to build himself a fairly sizable chip lead with more than 60 million. There were still seven when they broke for dinner just before 7pm. When they returned, yet another exciting (and similar) coin flip broke out. Jason Senti’s {A-Diamonds} {K-Spades} out-flopped Joseph Cheong’s {10-Clubs} {10-Spades} in a big way as the dealer rolled out {K-Diamonds} {K-Hearts} {Q-Clubs}. The turn {J-Diamonds} was a little sweat for Senti, and the river {9-Diamonds} was a total disaster. Cheong’s straight pushed his opponent straight out the door, and Senti collected seventh-place money on his way to the bar.

John Dolan fell next in sixth place, his {Q-Diamonds} {5-Diamonds} unable to win a race (imagine that, a race) against Jonathan Duhamel’s {4-Diamonds} {4-Clubs} despite turning 16 outs to survive.

The demise of Michael Mizrachi began when his {A-Diamonds} {8-Diamonds} doubled up John Racener’s {A-Spades} {K-Diamonds} to knock him out of the chip lead. A few minutes later, he doubled up Jonathan Duhamel on a big coin flip, and it all came crashing down a few minutes later. Jonathan Duhamel played his {A-Diamonds} {A-Clubs} slow, and he lured Mizrachi into a shove when his {Q-Diamonds} {8-Hearts} flopped top pair on the {5-Diamonds} {4-Spades} {Q-Clubs}. The chips went in, and there was no further help for Mizrachi, ending his near-legendary run in fifth place. That officially gives Frank Kassela the title of 2010 WSOP Player of the Year, incidentally.

Three hands later, the volatile Italian (who was surprisingly un-volatile today) fell in fourth place. Filippo Candio got his chips in with {K-Diamonds} {Q-Diamonds}, but he could not get there against Joseph Cheong’s {A-Clubs} {3-Clubs}. Cheong flopped an ace and made a wheel by the time it was all said and done, and Candio took just over $3 million for his efforts.

When they began three-handed play, Cheong and Duhamel were running away with the show. They were each approaching 100 million while John Racener sat patiently by with his 20-ish million. Cheong, however, was in no mood to sit patiently. He went to work quickly and was the first player to crest that magical 100-million-chip mark. He and Duhamel proceeded to wage all-out war hand after dramatic hand while Racener folded his buttons, sat on his hands, and waited for the fireworks.

And the fireworks, they came. In Hand #213, 25 hands into the three-way, a battle of the big-stacked blinds broke out. It started with Cheong opening the pot, and the betting action ended with him six-bet shoving all in with {A-Spades} {7-Hearts}. Duhamel probably didn’t like the idea of playing a 180-million-chip pot, but he didn’t waste any time calling with {Q-Clubs} {Q-Diamonds}, putting himself at risk in the process. There was no ace for Cheong, and he was crushed from 95 million all the way down to just ten. It was, as far as we can tell, the largest pot in the history of the WSOP!

Cheong doubled up once in the meanwhile, but six hands after the blowup, he was gone in third place. That’s good for more than $4 million, but it doesn’t come with a ticket to Monday’s finale.

There are only two of those, and they belong to Jonathan Duhamel and John Racener. For handicapping purposes, it’s Duhamel with the big chip lead, but don’t sleep on the short stack. Racener has been playing some fine poker of late, and his short-stack abilities were certainly on display here today.

There are 13 minutes, 52 seconds left in the current level, and the button was awarded to the big stack; Jonathan Duhamel will begin with position on Monday. We’re scheduled for an 8pm start here in Las Vegas.

It’s Duhamel. It’s Racener. It’s $8.9 million and the 2010 WSOP Main Event gold bracelet. Who ya got? Find out how the final chapter plays out right back here on Monday night.

WSOP Main Event Final Table: The Heads up is set, Cheong takes third place


The duel is set.  It’s Jonathan Duhamel versus John Racener.

The crescendo of the November Nine reached its near-final furious finale when zig-zagging Duhamel eliminated Cheong on what turned out to be the final hand of Final Table — Day One.  The long 14-hour session included the elimination of seven players, leaving only Duhamel and Racener to compete in a heads-up duel for the world title.

The third-place finisher was former WSOP Circuit gold ring winner Joseph Cheong, from San Diego, CA.  He collected $4,130,049 in prize money, an astronomical consolation prize that still somehow failed to heal the fresh wounds of a poker pro with broken dreams.  Making the disappointment more painful, Cheong held the chip lead about an hour before busting out.  He lost the key late hands that destroyed what at one point was viewed as a potentially insurmountable advantage.

That sets up the heads-up stage of the world championship, coming up on Monday night.  It also concluded an extraordinary day (and night) filled with twists and turns, and several exciting moments.

The fourth-place finisher was Filippo Candio, from Sardinia, Italy.  As the first Italian player ever to make it to the Main Event Championship final table, Candio proudly collected $3,092,545.

The fifth-place finisher was Michael “the Grinder” Mizrachi, from Miami, FL.  Undisputedly the most famous and most accomplished of the final nine, Mizrachi suffered a blistering final hour when he went from chip leader to the rail, losing every key late hand of importance.  Mizrachi took some consolation in his payout, which amounted to $2332,992 in prize money.

The sixth-place finisher was John Dolan, from Bonita Springs, FL.  He ran card dead at the worst possible time, hopelessly falling victim to a bad run of cards in the later stages of play.  Dolan busted out when his bluff failed.  Nonetheless, he managed to scoop a monster-sized check from his initial $10,000 investment.  Dolan received $1,772,969 in prize money.

The seventh-place finisher was Jason Senti, from St. Louis Park, MN.  He began final table play with the shortest stack, but moved two spots up the money ladder.  Senti collected $1,356,720.

The eighth-place finisher was Matthew Jarvis, who took a terrible beat en route to a disappointing end result.  Jarvis was the victim of one of several astounding final table hands which resulted in a cyclone of emotional twists and turns and ultimately, chip lead changes.  Jarvis received $1,045,743 in prize money.

The ninth-place finisher was Soi Nguyen, from Santa Ana, CA.  The only amateur player among the final nine, Nguyen collected $811,823 in prize money — an incredible accomplishment considering this was his first time to cash in a major poker tournament.

The final duel of the Main Event is set to begin on Monday night.  Heads-up play will resume November 8th at 8 pm PST, when the final two survivors will play down to a winner.  Coverage of the final table will air in a two-hour telecast on Tuesday at 10 pm ET on ESPN.

The winner of this year’s WSOP Main Event, the second largest in the 40-year history of the WSOP with 7,319 entrants, will take home a staggering $8,944,310 in prize money.  He will also be presented with the most coveted achievement in all of poker — the World Series of Poker Main Event Championship gold bracelet.

So, who will become the 2010 world poker champion?

Casamada en la final del Sunday Million de Pokerstars

Como algunos saben ultimamente paso mi tiempo entre mis dos pasiones, las apuestas deportivas y el poker. Pues felizmente puedo informarles hoy que  despues de incursionar poco tiempo en torneos, siendo principalmente un jugador de cash, he tenido la suerte de llegar a la mesa final del torneo mas importante de poker online: el sunday million de Pokerstars.

Efectivamente, soy jugador de cash principalmente pero tambien juego regularmenteme MTT’s, SNG’s y HU de los cuales solo juego los torneos en pokerstars, y tengo como regla solo jugar torneos de buy in grande si me gano previamente la entrada a traves de de algun satelite, en este caso la entrada la gane jugando desde el step 1 hasta el 4 que servia para entrar a un mtt de 215 o jugar por el step 5, en esta ocasion lo utilice para jugar el Sunday Million que duro en esta ocasion mas de 10 horas. Obviamente hubo manos muy interesantes y badbeats terribles, pero despues de analizarlo friamente salvo dos manos jugue muy bien todo el torneo desgraciadamente esos dos errores me costaron dejar de ser chip leader y con muy pocas fichas… y solo logre el cuarto lugar despues de ser casi siempre primero durante la mayor parte de la etapa final del torneo.

Aqui les dejo una mano que fue importante:

Poker Stars $200+$15 No Limit Hold’em Tournament – t40000/t80000 Blinds + t8000 – 8 players
The Official 2+2 Hand Converter Powered By DeucesCracked.com

joeavrage (UTG+1): t820008 M = 4.46
DaVinci27 (MP1): t1435024 M = 7.80
HSVJobig (MP2): t762040 M = 4.14
TheLipoFund (CO): t3153927 M = 17.14
dumbhand (BTN): t2113230 M = 11.48
Hamman (SB): t1352770 M = 7.35
imagine777 (BB): t1065460 M = 5.79
Hero (UTG): t2364655 M = 12.85

Pre Flop: (t184000) Hero is UTG with A:club: A:heart:
TheLipoFund says “lots of vamooos”, Hero raises to t160000, TheLipoFund says “id chop with dumbhand/denver/breakribs”, 2 folds, TheLipoFund says “tons”, TheLipoFund says “well not tons”, 2 folds, TheLipoFund says “but more than a handful”, dumbhand calls t160000, 2 folds

Flop: (t504000) 8:heart: 5:spade: 4:heart: (2 players)
Hero checks, dumbhand checks

Turn: (t504000) Q:diamond: (2 players)
Hero checks, dumbhand bets t300000, Hero raises to t880000, dumbhand raises to t1945230 all in, Hero calls t1065230

River: (t4394460) K:spade: (2 players – 1 is all in)

Final Pot: t4394460
dumbhand shows Q:club: A:spade: (a pair of Queens)
Hero shows A:club: A:heart: (a pair of Aces)
Hero wins t4394460

Decido hacer slowplay en el flop y turn con ases, lo cual generalmente es incorrecto en torneos… El flop es wet pero mi rival esta jugando extremadamente tight/weak y con un par de mano mediano hubiera hecho 3 bet seguramente asi que su rango es muy definido y probablemnte no conecto con nada excepto tal vez un FD que si llega pues tendre que estar dispuesto a tirar mis ases de ser necesario y perder un pozo pequeno… en el turn la Q de diamantes es una excelente carta para mi no completa ningun draw y esta en el rango del villano, busco provocar un bluff o un value bet con mi check, despues de su apuesta un rapido reraise lo deja en la incertidumbre sobre mi mano y cuando se toma casi todo su timebank pensando que hacer su mano queda perfectamente definida para mi “AQ” porlo que fue un easy call a su all in.

En fin gracias a todos los que estuvieron en el chat apoyandome, y espero algun dia poder apoyarlos yo en su mesa final del Sunday Million!
En fin esperemos siga siendo un buen verano en el poker, a la espera del inicio de la temporada futbolistica =)