Close to 1,000 entrants for WSOP Ladies Championship

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Jun 30, 2012 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

Yesterday 936 poker players (almost all of whom were of the farer sex) showed up to participate in the $1,000 Ladies Championship at the 2012 World Series of Poker. The tournament brought out plenty of amateur players, who for many this will be the only WSOP event they play. The tournament also brought out the big names in women’s poker, with names like Vanessa Rousso, Lacey Jones, Karina Jett, Melanie Weisner, Barbara Enright, Liv Boeree, Maria Ho, Vanessa Selbst, and Kathy Leibert in the field.

Over the past few years the Ladies Tournament has turned into a lightning-rod event at the World Series of Poker, with about a dozen men entering the event each year crying “sexism!” at the tournaments exclusivity. Even though everyone knows the real reason why these men are entering the tournament (they think it’s a +EV spot) the debate has raged for going on three years now, and with at least nine men entering this year (including another in drag) it’s likely to keep being an issue.

As far as the tournament went, Day 1 ended with a number of well-known players near the top of the leader-board, and the money-bubble was burst at the tail-end of the night, courtesy of JJ Liu busting Halli Pinson on the very last hand of the evening. The remaining 117 players can now go to bed knowing they are all in the money and will get at least $1,600 for their efforts in the tournament.

Here is a look at the Top 10 chip counts heading into Day 2 of the tournament:

1. Gaelle Baumann – 77,300

2. Lara Boutros – 76,600

3. Anna Lundholm – 73,400

4. Myra Thompson – 66,500

5. J.J. Liu – 66,000

6. Sofia Lovgren – 64,000

7. Erica Schoenberg – 56,600

8. Marcia Paulson – 56,200

9. Debbie Pechac – 55,700

10. Leslie Nielsen – 49,500

It doesn’t look like any of the men who entered the tournament were able to make the money, which eliminates the chance of another male player stealing the show, a la Jonathan Epstein who managed to make the final table in 2011.

Attendance for the event dipped considerably from last year when 1,055 players registered for the tournament, an almost identical number registered in 2010 as well, 1,054.

Here is a glimpse at the final table payouts for the event:

* 1st place: $170,587

* 2nd place: $105,586

* 3rd place: $66,061

* 4th place: $47,949

* 5th place: $35,398

* 6th place: $26,536

* 7th place: $20,184

* 8th place: $15,559

* 9th place: $12,156

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