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2015 46th Annual World Series of Poker

Friday, July 08, 2016 to Sunday, July 10, 2016

Event #65: $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship

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  • Buy-in: $1,000
  • Prizepool: $745,200
  • Entries: 819
  • Remaining: 0
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07/10/16 06:46:00 PM PST
 
Courtney Kennedy Wins the Ladies Championship
 


 

Courtney Kennedy is the winner of the 2016 Ladies World Poker Championship.

The 37-year-old poker dealer from Detroit, MI won the $10,000/$1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament, which was played over three days and nights at the Rio in Las Vegas.

Kennedy collected $149,108 in prize money, making this the biggest win of her career.  Incredibly, this was her first time to cash in a WSOP event of any kind.

Kennedy won her well-deserved victory by coming out on top at a final table which included quite a challenging lineup.  Amanda Musumeci, a WSOP Circuit gold bracelet winner and runner up in a 2012 WSOP gold bracelet event was present.  So too was Wendy Freedman, another talented poker pro and WSOP Circuit winner.  However, Amanda Baker, another gold ring winner from the Circuit would outlast them both and ultimately pose the biggest threat to Kennedy.

“When we all cashed, I was excited just to do that,” Kennedy said.  “I cashed – so I’m good is what I thought.  Once again, I never saw this coming.”

Once Musumeci was eliminated in fifth place, Kennedy opened up her lead on the remaining competition.  She held nearly a 3 to 1 chip lead over the other three players and more than half the chips in play, and then coasted to victory.

“I had to be careful about having the chip lead.  I didn’t want to get carried away, especially with my rail cheering for me and all,” Kennedy said.  “I just wanted to play my strong game and pick my spots.”

After Natalia Breviglieri busted out in fourth place, and Michelle Deng went out third, the closing moment came when Kennedy scooped the final pot of the tournament, against a highly-experienced player -- Amanda Baker, from San Diego -- who finished as the runner up.  Her consolation prize amounted to $92,121.

The champion has been playing poker most of her life.  “I’ve had cards in my hand since I was two years old,” Kennedy joked afterward.  “I’m a home game player and I deal at Motor City Casino in Detroit.  This game has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.”

Kennedy works as a poker dealer at Motor City Casino in Detroit.  She plays in recreational games as well as at local casinos in the Detroit area.  This was the sixth time Kennedy has played in the annual Ladies event.  It was her first time to cash.  The win came at a great time, since many of her friends and co-workers also decided to make the trip to Las Vegas to play in the Ladies championship.  Kennedy was surrounded by her supporters afterward and cheered her victory.

This tourney attracted 819 entrants which created a prize pool totaling $745,200.  The top 123 finishers collected prize money.  Attendance increased for this event over last year’s turnout, which totaled 795 entries.

This event actually had a $10,000 buy-in.  However, females were granted a $9,000 discount, which meant they paid $1,000 to enter.  One male entered the tournament, paying the full $10,000 entry fee.  Since he didn’t cash, all that money went into the prize pool.

Aside from the winner, here’s a brief report of the other top finishers who made the final table:

Second Place:  Amanda Baker, from San Diego, CA has enjoyed considerable success in WSOP events over the years.  This marked her 16th time to cash and was her biggest cash win, which paid $92,121.  Baker now has 16 cashes in series events, in addition to a WSOP Circuit gold ring win back in 2006.

Third Place:  Michelle Deng (a.k.a. Xiu Deng) has enjoyed a big summer, making this final table along with a ninth-place finish in the 21,000-player field known as Colossus II.  Deng collected $64,401 and heads into the final week of the series with $150K in winnings, so far.

Fourth Place:  Natalia Breviglieri, a poker pro from Great Britain made a deep run, finishing fourth.  This was her first time to cash at the WSOP.  She collected $45,683.

Fifth Place:  Amanda Musumeci, from Philadelphia was aiming for her first gold bracelet victory, and came close to the prize.  However, the runner up in a $1,500 NLHE tourney four years ago, ended up having to settle for a payout totaling $32,889.

Sixth Place:  Shelly Johnson-Ochoa, from Tucson, AZ cashed for the first time at the WSOP with this sixth-place finisher.  She received $24,037.

Seventh Place:  Wendy Freedman, from Las Vegas was another player seemingly due to win a gold bracelet with the talent to pull it off.  However, Freedman busted out fairly early and accepted $17,837 for her seventh place finish.  Freedman, a WSOP Circuit gold ring winner (2013 at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles), cashed for the seventh time at the summer series.

Eighth Place:  Nicole Schwartz, from Wilmington, Delaware made a nice run and went out in eighth place.  This was her first time to cash at the WSOP.  Schwartz pocketed $13,443.

Ninth Place:  Yaxi Zhu, from Shanghai, China rounded out the final table as the ninth-place finisher.  She now plays poker full-time as a PokerStars-sponsored pro.  Zhu earned $10,292.

This was the 65th official event on this year’s schedule.  This leaves 4 gold bracelet events still to go at the 2016 WSOP.

07/10/16 04:27:14 PM PST
 
Hand #128: Courtney Kennedy Wins Event #65: $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship ($149,108)
 


Courtney Kennedy Wins the Ladies Championship

Amanda Baker goes all in for 420,000 on the button and Courtney Kennedy calls to put Baker at risk.

Baker:   
Kennedy:   

Kennedy has the clear upperhand and the board runs out      . Kennedy and Baker both have a pair of kings, but Kennedy has the best kicker. Baker is eliminated and Kennedy wins the tournament, along with a WSOP gold bracelet and $149,108. 

Courtney Kennedy - 4,095,000
Amanda Baker - Eliminated in 2nd Place for $92,121


Amanda Baker Finishes in 2nd Place

07/10/16 04:20:09 PM PST
 
Hand #127: Courtney Kennedy
 
Courtney Kennedy raises to 65,000 on the button and Amanda Baker folds. 
07/10/16 04:19:32 PM PST
 
Hand #126: Courtney Kennedy
 

Amanda Baker raises to 65,000 on the button and Courtney Kennedy calls in the big blind.

The flop is    . Kennedy checks, Baker bets 70,000, and Kennedy calls.

Both players check the   on the turn and the   on the river.

Kennedy shows    and Baker mucks.

Courtney Kennedy - 3,680,000 (122 bb)
Amanda Baker - 455,000 (15 bb)

07/10/16 04:11:44 PM PST
 
Level 25 Started
 
Level:25  Blinds:15,000/30,000  Ante:5,000
07/10/16 04:01:43 PM PST
 
Break
 

Players are on a quick break.

Play resumes at about 4:10 p.m.

07/10/16 04:00:52 PM PST
 
Hand #125: Courtney Kennedy
 
Courtney Kennedy raises to 60,000 on the button, and Amanda Baker folds.
07/10/16 03:59:16 PM PST
 
hand #124: Amanda Baker
 

Amanda Baker raises to 55,000 on the button.

Courtney Kennedy calls.

The flop comes    . Baker leads out for 45,000, and Kennedy folds.

07/10/16 03:59:15 PM PST
 
Hand #123: Amanda Baker Doubles Up
 


Amanda Baker Doubles Up

Courtney Kennedy moves all in on the button. Amanda Baker calls.

Baker shows   , while Kennedy tables   .

The board runs out [jc,5h,2c,7c,2] and Baker gets the double up.

Amanda Baker - 560,000 (23 bb)
Courtney Kennedy - 4,040,000 (168 bb)

07/10/16 03:56:04 PM PST
 
Hand #122: Amanda Baker
 
Amanda Baker moves all in on the button. Courtney Kennedy folds.
07/10/16 03:55:26 PM PST
 
Hand #119: Courtney Kennedy
 

Courtney Kennedy raises to 60,000 on the button and Amanda Baker calls in the big blind. 

Both players check the     flop. 

On the   turn, Baker bets 80,000 and Kennedy calls.

Both players check the   river.

Baker:   
Kennedy:   

Kennedy's jack-high is best and she wins the pot.

Courtney Kennedy - 3,850,000 (160 bb)
Amanda Baker - 250,000 (10 bb)

07/10/16 03:55:17 PM PST
 
Hand #118: Courtney Kennedy
 

Amanda Baker raises to 55,000 on the button and Courtney Kennedy calls in the big blind. 

The flop is    . Kennedy checks, Baker bets 60,000, and Kennedy calls.

The turn is the   and both players check.

The river is the  . Kennedy bets 85,000 and Baker thinks for a couple minutes and calls.

Kennedy shows    for a pair of kings and Baker mucks.

Courtney Kennedy - 3,705,000 (154 bb)
Amanda Baker - 395,000 (16 bb)

07/10/16 03:51:48 PM PST
 
Hand #117: Amanda Baker
 
Amanda Baker gets a walk.
07/10/16 03:42:27 PM PST
 
Heads Up Play Begins
 

We are down to the final two players battling for the bracelet. Courtney Kennedy begins heads-up play with a commanding chip lead over Amanda Baker.

Courtney Kennedy - 3,517,000 (146 bb)
Amanda Baker - 584,000 (24 bb)

07/10/16 03:42:12 PM PST
 
Hand #116: Xiu Deng Eliminated by Courtney Kennedy in 3rd Place ($64,401)
 


Xiu Deng

Xiu Deng moves all in from the small blind for her remaining 280,000. Courtney Kennedy is in the big blind, and shrugs her shoulders and says, "I call."

Kennedy tables   , while Deng shows   .

The board runs out       and Kennedy takes down the pot, sending Deng to the rail.

Courtney Kennedy - 3,517,000 (146 bb)
Xiu Deng - Eliminated in 3rd place for $64,401

07/10/16 03:39:45 PM PST
 
Hand #115: Amanda Baker
 
Amanda Baker moves all in from the small blind. Xiu Deng folds her big blind.
07/10/16 03:39:11 PM PST
 
Hand #114: Courtney Kennedy
 
Courtney Kennedy moves all in from the small blind. Amanda Baker folds.
07/10/16 03:38:27 PM PST
 
Hand #113: Courtney Kennedy
 
Xiu Deng cals from the small blind. Courtney Kennedy moves all in from the big blind. Deng folds.
07/10/16 03:37:57 PM PST
 
Hand #112: Xiu Deng
 
Amanda Baker calls from the small blind. Xiu Deng moves all in from the big blind. Baker folds.
07/10/16 03:37:55 PM PST
 
Hand #111: Xiu Deng
 
Xiu Deng raises to 55,000 on the button and Amanda Baker goes all. Deng folds and Baker takes it down.
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