She's finally done it.
After two years toiling away in the major tournament circuit, playing countless events in every major casino market in the country, Amanda Musumeci has finally achieved a well-deserved victory.
The 28-year-old poker pro from Philadelphia won the $580 buy-on No-Limit Hold'em title (Event 11), which was good for $31,851 in prize money. But that didn't seem to matter to Musumeci, who wanted the victory more than anything else.
Musumeci was interviewed moments following her win and made the following statements:
On how it feels to finally win:
"I am so happy to have won this event. I have been grinding the Circuit for a while now. I've played lots of WSOP events and have gotten a second, a third, a fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and an eighth and a ninth. And now, I've finally have my big win. And I have some WSOP jewelry. I could not be happier."
On which is better -- to finish third or fourth and make a big cash score, or to win less money but win the victory:
"This is way cooler. It's important to be a winner. It's important for my career. Like I said, Ive gotten all the other places but first. This is what I was hunting for. I came here (to Chicago) to play in a few events. And I finally got the win. This is so sick."
On her future goals in poker after this victory:
"I'm looking forward to going back and going for a gold bracelet. I had a good last summer. But I'm going into next summer with one goal in mind -- a gold bracelet. Yesssssssssssssssssssssss!"