Ladies Tournament controversy carries over to 2011

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Jul 02, 2011 Posted in WSOP News | No Comments »

Amidst the 1,055 players who registered for the $1k NLHE Ladies Tournament on Friday were about a dozen or so members of the male poker player population, and for the second year in a row the story of the Ladies tournament has become MEN.

With the World Series of Poker officials powerless to prevent men from entering the Ladies Tournament –in a case of discrimination laws gone bad—WSOP officials have taken a different tack with the male party-crashers: Last year the WSOP issued not so subtle threats about possible repercussions, and this year WSOP Media Director Seth Palansky decided to pull out the ridicule card as he chastised the men in the event by saying, “We didn’t count any men in the field today. If they played today, they are not men.”

As for the tournament itself, most of the big names fell on Day 1 as the field was trimmed down to just 137 players at the end of the night –with 1 male player still remaining. Among the recognizable names still in contention are Karina Jett, Christina Lindley, Erica Schoenberg, and Amanda Baker.

Here is a look at the top 10 chip counts heading into Day 2 of the Ladies Tournament:

1. Celine Bastian – 79,000

2. Bing Du – 67,800

3. Carol Tomlinson – 63,800

4. Crystal Sloan-Wallace – 58,000

5. Pamela Roberts – 57,200

6. Xiu Deng – 54,900

7. Kirsten Schreiber – 54,100

8. Barabara Kearney – 53,400

9. Oluwashola Akindele – 52,200

10. Yu Kurita – 51,000

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