When online tournaments and live events collide, the online events sometimes take the hit. As the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure wound down in the sunny Bahamas resort, the Women's Sunday actually saw a dip in the usual numbers. Poker fatigue? Sunburn? It's anyone's guess.
The PCA did, in fact, wind down just yesterday, and Friday saw the final table of the PS Women Live Ladies Event. It was an exciting event that drew 75 players and a $72,750 prize pool, allowing the final eight to be paid. And in the end, Kathy Saraf beat Lauren Kling to take the title and $25,460 for first place. Kling was awarded $16,010 for her second place, the same finish as in last year's event. Updates were provided on our PS Women Facebook page.
And that brings us to the Women's Sunday to wrap up an exciting week in women's poker. The final numbers for today's tournament:
Total players: 250
Prize pool: $12,500.00
Paid finishers: 36
There were two women in the field with special $50 bounties on their virtual heads, and they were members of Team PokerStars Pro. Ana Marquez of Spain was the first to be eliminated not long into the tournament, and Celina Lin of Macau was out shortly after.
Past the two-hour mark of the tournament, the money bubble burst when Solo Futte exited in 37th place. Way2lucky247 became the first woman to cash today, taking home $93.75 for the 36th place finish. Other familiar names followed, like Sisa4ok, Princesa, and Hedda C.
Just past the three-hour mark, the final table bubble neared after sexyhands was eliminated in 11th place. Hand-for-hand play saw a huge double-up for luana_pad through Camogie, and short-stacked Livia Leigh doubled through sanosan34. Then 9872512 doubled through Camogie, leaving the latter super short.
Camogie then moved all-in with Q♥J♠, and Livia Leigh called with A♥9♥. The board of 8♠9♣J♥A♣9♠ gave Livia Leigh the full house and left Camogie out in tenth place with $200.00.
On the other table, there was action on the same hand, as former Women's Sunday champion Lizetta moved all-in with 3♠3♦ preflop, but Sabirova123 called with A♣A♦. The board of 8♠Q♥8♥A♥Q♣ prevented Lizetta from going for a second title, out in ninth place today for $237.50.
Luana_pad leads eight-player table
At the beginning of Level 18, the final table began with blinds of 2,000/4,000 with a 400 ante. Players' starting stacks were:
Seat 1: sanosan34 (45,606 in chips)
Seat 2: Sabirova123 (166,682 in chips)
Seat 3: mamalice (64,428 in chips)
Seat 4: luana_pad (192,032 in chips)
Seat 6: 9872512 (67,786 in chips)
Seat 7: whiteshad155 (109,302 in chips)
Seat 8: Livia Leigh (63,910 in chips)
Seat 9: QUACK$ON 007 (40,254 in chips)
The eight-person final table started with more big action, and QUACK$ON 007 doubled through Sabirova123 on the third hand of the final table.
Three hands after that, sanosan34 raised a hand, only to be reraised all-in by luana_pad. Sanosan34 called all-in with K♦9♥, and luana_pad showed A♦Q♣. The latter found two pair on the 2♦8♣Q♥6♠A♠ board, eliminating sanosan34 in eighth place with $312.50.
The 9872512 takeover
After 9872512 doubled through mamalice, the latter was riding a short stack and moved all-in on the next hand from the small blind. Priginal raiser Livia Leigh called, as did luana_pad from the big blind. the flop of A♣2♥T♦ prompted a bet from Livia Leigh and fold from luana_pad, and Livia Leigh showed A♦K♣ for top pair. Mamalice was at risk with 3♣2♠ and bottom pair. The 8♠ and A♥ finished the board with trip aces for Livia Leigh, and mamalice exited in seventh place with $437.50.
Then 9872512 doubled again, this time through Sabirova123, and again the latter was in trouble. Sabirova123 moved all-in preflop for less than 32K with K♠T♦, and 9872512 was there with Q♥Q♦. The board of J♠8♦Q♠J♦4♣ delivered a full house to 9872512, and Sabirova123 had to depart in sixth place with $562.50.
By that time, 9872512 held a two-to-one lead over second place and seemed to dominate the final table of five.
In other action, QUACK$ON 007 doubled through launa_pad, and whiteshad155 did the same, putting a dent in launa_pad's stack.
Just after the 3.5-hour break, Livia Leigh made her move preflop from the small blind with A♠J♥. QUACK$ON 007 called from the big blind with K♦Q♣ but caught the flop of 2♣K♣7♥. The turn of 7♠ and river of T♦ kept QUADK$ON 007 in the lead to eliminate Livia Leigh in fifth place with $725.00.
Play slows four-handed
With talks of a possible deal, play amongst the final four players slowed a bit.
Short-stacked luana_pad made the most of the situation and moved all-in multiple times. She finally received a call when she held A♥A♠, and whiteshad155 showed 7♣7♥. But the board of 4♣4♥6♠7♠8♠ gave whiteshad155 the full house to crack those aces and leave luana_pad out in fourth place, which was worth a $1,062.50 payday.
On the very next hand, QUACK$ON 007 doubled through whiteshad155. Though 9872512 remained the chip leader, the distance between the three stacks was distinctly narrowed.
Finally, though, QUACK$ON 007 made another move. She pushed with A♦6♦ against the Q♣4♣ of whiteshad155. The first four cards came J♠3♥J♦J♥, giving both players the three jacks, and QUACK$ON 007 had the best kicker. But the Q♦ dropped on the river, giving whiteshad155 the full house and eliminating QUACK$ON 007 in third place with $1,412.50.
Whiteshad155 takes lead into heads-up
The last two players started their duel with these counts:
Seat 6: 9872512 (287,933 in chips)
Seat 7: whiteshad155 (462,067 in chips)
Though 9872512 got off to a strong start and chipped up a bit, whiteshad155 took control and whittled her opponent under 200K chips. That prompted 9872512 to move all-in with 3♠3♦, and whiteshad155 called with 9♦7♦. The flop of T♣Q♥A♥ changed nothing, and the pocket pair held up as the 8♠ came on the turn as well. But the 9♣ hit hard on the river, eliminating 9872512 in second place with $1,875.00.
Whiteshad155 of Germany won this week's Women's Sunday, and the prize was $2,556.25 in cash. Congratulations!
Women's Sunday Results for 01/15/12:
1st place: whiteshad155 ($2,556.25)
2nd place: 9872512 ($1,875.00)
3rd place: QUACK$ON 007 ($1,412.50)
4th place: luana_pad ($1,062.50)
5th place: Livia Leigh ($725.00)
6th place: Sabirova123 ($562.50)
7th place: mamalice ($437.50)
8th place: sanosan34 ($312.50)
9th place: Lizetta ($237.50)
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