The last Sunday in November was on tap, and people around the world were beginning to wind down their year, getting together for holidays with family and looking back on the last 11 months that comprised the majority of 2011. For women in poker, it was a big year, but many of them still wanted to make their marks on their beloved game before the new year takes effect.
PokerStars has given female players a chance to shine brightly in 2011 with the Women's Poker League, live tournaments via PS Women Live, and weekly events like the Women's Sunday. And that weekly tournament not only awarded quite a few impressive payouts thus far, but there were still a few left to go in 2011. With well over $2K on the line for the winner of the Women's Sunday each week, everyone knew that a score of that kind would come in quite handy around the holidays.
So, the last Women's Sunday of November started at its usual time, 14:30 ET, with its $10K guarantee for a $55 buy-in. And the results?
Total players: 262
Prize pool: $13,100.00
Paid finishers: 45
A quick scroll down the list of players revealed two Team PokerStars Pros in action, each boasting of a $50 bounty for anyone able to knock them out of the tournament.
Team Pro Liv Boeree of the UK only made it to 143rd place before a competitor grabbed her bounty, though Team Pro Ana Marquez of Spain remained strong as the players headed into the money in the third hour of play. She moved into the top five with only a few tables remaining, and she battled for the top spot on the leaderboard when play reached two tables. After finishing in 14th place last week, Marquez was looking to improve on that performance today.
Hand-for-hand play began and ended in a snap. Doomi4ka made an initial raise, and Dustiin7 called all-in from the small blind for less than 4K with 9♦6♥. Doomi4ka showed A♦6♠, and the ace-high hand held to the 3♣K♠7♥Q♠8♦ board. Dustiin7 was eliminated in tenth place with $196.50.
Several players battle for lead at final table
Level 19 kicked off the action with blinds at 2,500/5,000 and a 500 ante. Players' starting stacks were as follows:
Seat 1: Doomi4ka (114,242 in chips)
Seat 2: ana marquez (97,440 in chips)
Seat 3: Masaru80 (28,755 in chips)
Seat 4: TEAM & SKILL (110,510 in chips)
Seat 5: Gaara240 (102,458 in chips)
Seat 6: tiki2431 (66,792 in chips)
Seat 7: gud01 (77,020 in chips)
Seat 8: Plus5forLuck (104,720 in chips)
Seat 9: ellinoiss (84,063 in chips)
Only a few hands in, short-stacked Masaru80 made her move with K♥Q♣. TEAM & SKILL called with A♦Q♠ and dominated, the ace holding up as the key kicker throughout the reveal of the 7♣8♥4♠4♥Q♥ board. Masaru80 departed in ninth place with $229.25.
Big pots were developing early, and that led to ellinoiss doubling through Ana Marquez and tiki2431 doing the same through TEAM & SKILL.
Short-stacked Marquez moved all-in shortly thereafter from early position with A♥7♦, and gud01 called with 6♥6♠. The pocket pair turned into a set on the 9♠2♣6♦ flop, and the 3♣ and J♥ finished the board with Team PokerStars Pro Ana Marquez out in eighth place with $314.40.
Moments later, TEAM & SKILL pushed all-in from early position with A♥J♥, and tiki2431 reraised all-in to isolate, which worked. Tiki2431 showed 9♠9♦. Though the K♠K♣Q♦ flop gave TEAM & SKILL the straight draw, the 9♣ on the turn gave tiki2431 the full house. The 8♦ on the river ended it for TEAM & SKILL, who exited in seventh place with $445.40.
Doomi4ka doubled through Gaara240, and the latter moved all-in on the very next hand with K♦T♠. Tiki2431 again made the call, this time from the big blind, with K♥J♦. The board came K♣8♣3♠4♥J♠, and Gaara240 had to leave in sixth place with $576.40.
Plus5forLuck was the next woman to risk it all, doing so for little less than 90K from the button. Doomi4ka called from the big blind with T♣T♥, and Plus5forLuck showed J♥8♥. The board blanked with 6♠4♠7♠A♦K♠, unable to improve anything for Plus5forLuck, who left in fifth place with $746.70.
Chip leader ellinoiss made a preflop raise in a subsequent hand, and tiki2431 moved all-in from the big blind. Ellinoiss called with A♦5♠, but tiki2431 showed A♣K♥ for the potential double-up. But the flop came 2♦5♦Q♥, and ellinoiss took the lead in the hand with the pair of fives. The 6♥ came on the turn and the 2♣ on the river to leave tiki2431 out in fourth place with $1,080.75.
Three-handed play saw Doomi4ka suffer on a shorter and shorter stack, but a double through ellinoiss kept her in the game a bit longer, which happened as follows:
Then gud01 moved all-in with Q♦Q♥, and ellinoiss called with K♣9♦. The flop of 8♠9♠9♥ gave ellinoiss trips, though, and those held up to the 7♦ turn and 3♣ river to eliminate gud01 in third place with $1,441.00.
One hand of heads-up
The starting chip counts were:
Seat 1: Doomi4ka (159,770 in chips)
Seat 9: ellinoiss (626,230 in chips)
And it was over quickly. Doomi4ka moved all-in on the very first hand with A♣T♠, and ellinoiss called with Q♥J♦. The board came 9♣T♥7♥5♥K♦ to give ellinoiss the straight, and Doomi4ka finished the tournament in second place with $1,899.50.
Ellinoiss of Russia won this week's Women's Sunday, which came with $2,534.85 in prize money. Congratulations!
Women's Sunday Results for 11/27/11:
1st place: ellinoiss ($2,534.85)
2nd place: Doomi4ka ($1,899.50)
3rd place: gud01 ($1,441.00)
4th place: tiki2431 ($1,080.75)
5th place: Plus5forLuck ($746.70)
6th place: Gaara240 ($576.40)
7th place: TEAM & SKILL ($445.40)
8th place: Team PokerStars Pro Ana Marquez ($314.40)
9th place: Masaru80 ($229.25)
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