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Maria Mayrinck Has Never Been So Happy to Bust

Maria Mayrinck (right) played in the WSOP Ladies Event while her boyfriend David Baker was at the final table of Event #19 ($10,000 2-7 No-Limit Draw). When Baker finally reached the final four players, she couldn't wait any longer and moved all in with a weak hand (8-3 offsuit) seemingly hoping she'd bust. Her opponent called with A-3, and she seemed pleased that she was dominated. As the board came out, she was more focused on the final table updates on her phone than she was in the board. Her opponent apologized for busting Mayrinck, who simply said, "Don't worry about me. My boyfriend is at his second final table of the Series. I'll be just fine."



New Friends in the Ladies Event

Tiffani Samuel (left) and Melissa Hayden didn't know each other when they started the WSOP Ladies Event, but they quickly became friends. Samuel would go on to survive Day 1, hoping to reach the money on Day 2. While Hayden didn't cash in this event, she barely missed the final table of Event #9 ($1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em), finishing in 13th place.



Actress Shannon Elizabeth

Unlike most Hollywood actresses in the WSOP Ladies Event, this is just one WSOP event of many for Shannon Elizabeth. Instead of being an actress who occasionally plays poker, she has become an actress who also happens to be a poker player. The highlight of Elizabeth's poker resume is a final four appearance in the 2007 NBC National Heads-Up Championship.



An Interview With Sara Underwood

Former Playboy Playmate Sara Jean Underwood sits down for a podcast interview with Wicked Chops Poker during a break on Day 1 of the WSOP Ladies Event.



The Chip Lead Suits Evelyn Ng Well

Poker Pro Evelyn Ng was among the chipleaders throughout Day 1 of the WSOP Ladies Event, finishing among the top 10. With the field down to 138 players, and only 21 spots away from the money, Ng had an excellent shot at earning the ninth WSOP cash of her career.



Samantha Ryan

Adult actress Samantha Ryan has been playing poker since her days working in real estate, and she began playing online four years ago. She is friends with several professional poker players, including Tiffany Michelle and Annie Duke, and has been playing in more charity poker tournaments lately. When Ryan publicly mentioned a desire to play in the World Series of Poker, she was surprised to receive a short-term sponsorship that paid her way into several WSOP events, including the WSOP Ladies Event.



Actress Cheryl Hines

Cheryl Hines is one of several Hollywood actresses who come out to play in the WSOP Ladies Event. Hines, best known for her role on "Curb Your Enthusiasm," is hoping to become the first actress to win since Jennifer Tilly won the bracelet in 2005.



Lynn Gilmartin

PokerNews video reporter Lynn Gilmartin puts her microphone aside to take a seat at the poker table and play in the WSOP Ladies Event.



A Player's Point of View

Michele Lewis checks her hole cards on Day 1 of the WSOP Ladies Event. Fellow reporter Lynn Gilmartin sits on the far side of the table.



Michele Lewis in Her Own Words

Michele Lewis is a poker player/blogger who has missed the WSOP in recent years after scoring three cashes and a final table at the 2006 WSOP. She's returned this year to do some reporting and play in the WSOP Ladies Event. Oh her blog, Lewis describes herself this way: "Mother, Leader, Thinker & Techie Tinker. Writer, Web Designer, Social-Media Maximizer."



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