Some poker players believe in beginner's luck, and we've all seen it happen. A new player comes into the game, hardly seems to understand the rules, and scoops every pot. So we wondered if our first Women's Sunday event last week was just that - the luck of the first timer. More than 200 women joined in, including five bounties, and sent the prize pool soaring to more than twice the original guarantee. And that left us tapping our fingers a little nervously before the second go-around.
The Women's Sunday seemed to be getting some good buzz, though, so we remained hopeful. As the event started at 13:00 ET on April 3, there were well over 100 players, meaning the $5K guarantee was going to be left in the dust again. And the field continued to grow until registration closed one hour after the tournament's start time. The numbers?
Total players: 202
Prize pool: $10,100.00
Paid finishers: 36
And breathe. There were five fewer players than the week before, but the solid field still took the prize pool to more than double its promised amount. It seems as if the Women's Sunday is in good form in its second week.
That led us to the field. In total, two Team PokerStars Pros came out to play, though Vanessa Selbst didn't stick around long, as she was the third person eliminated as action got underway. Someone picked up a quick $50 bounty for sending her out early. But going strong was Liv Boeree, hanging in with a $50 prize on her head but hoping not to give it away.
By the two-hour mark of the event, she worked herself into second place on the leaderboard, and she continued to stay in the top five, even holding down first place for some time.
Meanwhile, the field saw the money bubble burst when TheReader23 became the unfortunate bubble player, and casino_donk became the first to cash for $75.75, while early chip leader Lizetta followed in 35th place. A short while later, poker writer Michele "Real Texan" Lewis exited in 23rd place, and last week's fifth place finisher dreeniee82 left in 18th this week.
By the three-hour break, there were only 13 players remaining, and action moved quickly to determine the final nine. Several double-ups took place on the bubble itself, but one player wasn't so lucky. That happened when acumen plus pushed all-in but found callers in Liv Boeree and suzana1988. A bet and call came from the 3♣2♥8♥ flop, they checked the K♠ turn, and more money went into the pot on the 9♦ river. suzana1988 showed A♥K♥ to scoop the main and side pots, and acumen plus simply mucked and was gone in tenth place with $161.60.
Suzana1988 slides to final table with the lead
Just minutes before the end of Level 18, with blinds at 2,000/4,000 and a 400 ante, the final table was set as follows:
Seat 1: EfiGr (87,351 in chips)
Seat 2: WhipArtist (33,100 in chips)
Seat 3: Liv Boeree (36,459 in chips)
Seat 4: workinggirlK (21,655 in chips)
Seat 5: suzana1988 (129,042 in chips)
Seat 6: Lady Di 1952 (32,278 in chips)
Seat 7: hetzandrea (110,173 in chips)
Seat 8: pokeremma666 (92,658 in chips)
Seat 9: dragon1122 (63,284 in chips)
The first hand of the table was a huge one. WhipArtist immediately moved all-in, and Liv Boeree did the same. Dragon1122 reraised all-in, everyone else folded, and dragon1122 had both players covered holding A♠Q♣. Liv Boeree showed K♣K♥, and Whip Artist was on the line with A♥7♥. The board of J♣A♦5♣5♦2♣ brought that ace for dragon1122 to collect the entire pot and the $50 bounty on Boeree. WhipArtist departed in ninth place with $191.90, and Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree left in eighth place with $252.50.
Two hands later, workinggirlK moved her 16,455 chips all-in with A♦Q♣, and EfiGr called with K♣8♣. The board produced 8♣K♦6♠T♠5♣, and the flopped two pair gave EfiGr the pot. WorkinggirlK received $353.50 for her work and seventh place in the tournament.
The next all-in hand came when Lady Di 1952 made the push with A♣9♠, which was called by hetzandrea and her A♠4♠. The double-up didn't look so promising, though, after the 4♦Q♠4♥ hit on the flop, making trip fours. The 2♥ turn and 3♥ river ended the brutal hand, and Lady Di 1952 headed out in sixth place with $454.50.
Dragon1122 took a big pot from suzana1988, relegating the latter to one of the short stacks, but suzana1988 came back with a double-up through EfiGr to stay in play. Pokermma666 also stuck around, doubling through dragon1122 to play another hand.
EfiGr, who qualified for the tournament through the Last Chance Satellite for $5.50 only minutes before late registration ended for the Women's Sunday, soon moved her last 14,064 into the pot with A♦2♠. Hetzandrea made the call with K♣9♣ and hit the T♣K♥6♦ flop for the pair of kings. That pair stood through the 4♣ on the turn and 5♥ on the river. EfiGr had to go in fifth place with $585.80 in prize money.
Final four slow it down
After a whirlwind few rounds at the start of the final table, play finally slowed with four players left. It was during that cautionary period that dragon1122 doubled through hetzandrea, though the former still remained the shortest stack.
Dragon1122 had trouble finding momentum and finally made her push with Q♦7♦, but hetzandrea was able to call from the big blind with 8♦8♥. The board of 6♦A♠T♠7♥4♦ allowed the eights to hold, and dragon1122 was eliminated in fourth place with $858.50, in addition to the $50 bounty earned earlier.
A few hands later, suzana1988 was in the same boat with a short stack. The all-in move came with A♣3♦, and pokeremma666 called 23,484 more from the big blind with T♦2♠. The board of T♥6♠J♠2♥Q♣ gave pokeremma666 two pair and the pot, and suzana1988 had to accept third place and the $1,141.30 that went with it.
Two for a tournament tango
The last two players were seated with chip counts as follows:
Seat 7: hetzandrea (237,400 in chips)
Seat 8: pokeremma666 (368,600 in chips)
Hetzandrea played the shorter stack slow and steady, taking pots where possible, but the following hand gave her control of the table:
It wasn't long before pokeremma666 decided to make the all-in move holding Q♣9♠, and hetzandrea called with A♣9♦. The dealer gave them a completely blank board with 4♣8♣2♦5♦7♣, and the ace-high hand won it. Pokeremma666 was out in second place with $1,515.00.
Hetzandrea of Austria claimed the second Women's Sunday title, as well as the $2,065.45 cash prize for the win. Congratulations!
Women's Sunday Results for 04/03/11:
1st place: hetzandrea ($2,065.45)
2nd place: pokeremma666 ($1,515.00)
3rd place: suzana1988 ($1,141.30)
4th place: dragon1122 ($858.50 + $50 bounty)
5th place: EfiGr ($585.80)
6th place: Ladi Di 1952 ($454.50)
7th place: workinggirlK ($353.50)
8th place: Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree ($252.50)
9th place: Whipartist ($191.90)
There are many ways to get in on the Women's Sunday action. Take a look at the home page for information on daily satellites. See you next week!