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2017 48th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Friday, July 07, 2017 to Sunday, July 09, 2017

Event #70: $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
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07/09/17 02:30:38 PM PST (about 135 days and 1 hour ago)
 
Heidi May Captures Her First Bracelet in Event #70: $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship
 

Heidi May

In just three short hours and 124 hands today, Australia's Heidi May locked up the title in Event #70: $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship for her biggest career cash worth $135,098.

May defeated a worthy competitor in Deborah "Debs the Destroyer" Worley-Roberts, with both players having extremely vocal and supportive rails. In the final hand, Worley-Roberts moved all in for her last 20 big blinds and May snap-called. Worley-Roberts held king-jack off-suit while May tabled pocket tens in a coinflip scenario. May flopped a full house, tens full of deuces, and Worley-Roberts found herself drawing dead after the turn.

Worley-Roberts has almost doubled her career earnings after this runner-up finish, amassing close to $200,000 in cashes and logging her best result today. It was clear that she was one of the fan-favorites with her vocal rail and constant cheering from late on Day 2 yesterday.

May is certainly a decorated player in her own right and a well-loved member of the Australian community. She had a massive and vocal rail also, with the two players' friends and family building a friendly rivalry in the crowd. May is a 27-year-old professional poker player from Tasmania, Australia, who has been playing for a living for about four years now. She mostly plays higher stakes cash games and online tournaments, but has recently started to mix in live tournaments. May explained that she learned how to play when she was 18 years old in university, and previously worked as a support worker in age-care and disability. She still occasionally works when she's at home, but her focus is mostly on poker.

"I'm feeling pretty happy," said a smiling May in her bright, multi-colored "disco shirt." "The disco shirt. It's our house shirt. Every time someone makes a final table we wear it," she explained. The members of May's house have now made four final tables this series while wearing the shirt, and she is the first to snag a bracelet in it. They've had two wins in the Aussie Millions in the past.

May's biggest win before this one was around $32,000 in an online tournament. "It feels really good to finally close one out, especially after having a few deep runs and not closing. I think in the other tournaments I got really unlucky. This time, I ran really well." She has had five cashes at the WSOP this summer, including this win and a deep run in Event #33: $1,500 No Limit Hold'em, finishing in 28th place for $9,683. May's lifetime earnings totaled just over $100,000 before this win, and she has more than doubled that now.

With all of the talk about women in poker as of late, May explained how she feels "a bit indifferent" toward the topic. "It's a really nice environment. It's non-threatening and stuff. When you come to a table and it's all these guys that stare you down in hoodies and stuff, it's a little bit too serious for some people." She went on to explain that she had a great time playing with the ladies and she "enjoyed playing against Deb. She's really funny."

Final Table Results

PositionPlayerCountryPrize
1Heidi MayAustralia$135,098
2Deborah Worley-RobertsUnited Kingdom$83,459
3Jana de la CerraUnited States$57,930
4Julie DangUnited States$40,843
5Katherine AnsorgeUnited States$29,256
6Alexis SternerUnited States$21,298
7Tiffany LeeUnited States$15,760
8Meg ZampinoUnited States$11,858
9Karen HodgeUnited States$9,075

Many notable ladies finished in the money in this event, including Allison Schultz (10th - $7,066), Wendy Weissman (20th - $3,710), Fatima Nanji (23rd - $3,710), Amanda Sizemore (24th - $3,710), Lexy Gavin (28th - $3,104), Amanda Baker (43rd - $2,647), Lynn Gilmartin (49th - $2,301), Vanessa Selbst (56th - $2,040), Kimberly Mcclymont (60th - $2,040), Julie Cornelius (77th - $1,703), and Mina Greco (99th - $1,545).

Some of the players that were unable to get anything going in this event included Kristen Bicknell, Jessica Dawley, Karina Jett, Loni Harwood, Fatima Moreira de Melo, Safiya Umerova, Jess Welman, Liv Boeree, Melissa Gillett, Annette Obrestad, Jackie Glazier, Jennifer Shahade, Ebony Kenney, Cindy Kerslake, Melanie Weisner, Celina Lin, Brittany Paige, Marsha Wolack, Linglin Zeng, Gaelle Baumann, Jamie Kerstetter, Ruth Hall, Molly Mossey, Natalia Breviglieri, Kelly Minkin, Sofia Lovgren, and Kitty Kuo.

Final Table Action

The unofficial final table was reached shortly after the final break of the night on Day 2 when Karen Sortin busted to Worley-Roberts in 11th place ($7,066) with ace-king against Worley-Roberts' pocket tens and couldn't improve. The next two levels were played at a feature table in the Amazon room, and they lost five more players before play concluded for the night.

The first casualty at the final table was Allison Schultz who busted in tenth place ($7,066) after rivering a set of eights and losing most of her chips to Alexis Sterner. Sterner had flopped a set of nines and won that pot. Schultz busted the next hand, and the official final table was born.

Karen Hodge was the next one out when she got all her chips in preflop with pocket queens against Tiffany Lee's pocket aces. Hodge flopped a set of queens, but Lee found a jack on the turn to give her Broadway to eliminate Hodge. Hodge finished in ninth place for a payout of $9,075. Meg Zampino was the eighth-place finisher ($11,858). Zampino three-bet shoved with ace-four suited in the big blind and was called by De la Cerra who had ace-king. Zampino flopped a flush draw, but could not get there.

The next one out was Tiffany Lee. Lee was all in several times with two tables remaining and kept doubling up. She continued that trend at the final table as well, until she ran ace-queen off-suit in the small blind into Sterner's aces on the button and couldn't find a miracle to stay alive. Lee earned $15,760 for her seventh-place finish. Sterner was the last elimination of the evening on Day 2. She finished in sixth place after getting her stack in with king-queen in the small blind against Heidi May's ace-queen in the big blind. They both made a full house but May's queens full of aces was best and Sterner hit the rail, taking home $21,298 for her deep run.

The final five players came back for Day 3 today, Sunday, at noon to play down to a winner, continuing with 30 minutes left in Level 21.

May came in to the day leading the final five players with almost half of the chips in play. It was Katie Ansorge who came in to the day as the shortest stack and ended up falling in fifth place ($29,256) as the first casualty of the day. She had lost most of her chips in an earlier hand, flipping with deuces against Julie Dang's king-queen off-suit. Dang turned a straight and Ansorge was eventually forced to move in with ten-three of hearts. De la Cerra held king-deuce of hearts and flopped top pair to send Ansorge to the rail.

Thirty hands later, Dang appeared to make a play for the big blind and shoved with ten-three off-suit from the small blind. Unfortunately for her, Worley-Roberts decided to go with king-queen and flopped a pair of queens to eliminate Dang in fourth place for a payday worth $40,843.

By the first break of the day, Worley-Roberts had two-thirds of the chips in play with May sitting in second and De la Cerra having the short stack. As soon as the three ladies came back, May pushed the action and ended up taking over the chip lead in just five short hands. She flopped trips with a better kicker than Worley-Roberts and got paid on the river.

The tides turned drastically and May ended up flipping with ace-king suited against De la Cerra's pocket eights. The flop came ace high and De la Cerra would have to settle for third place for a nice payday worth $57,930.

Heads-up play lasted 43 hands, but it went quickly because the two ladies were making very fast decisions. Worley-Roberts was in shoving mode after May chipped away, and eventually lost a final flip to finish as runner-up in this event after a hard-fought battle.

As always, thank you for following along as PokerNews brought you all of the live coverage in this event!

Heidi May
07/09/17 02:18:31 PM PST (about 135 days and 1 hour ago)
 
Deborah Worley-Roberts Eliminated in 2nd Place ($83,459)
 

Deborah Worley-Roberts

Hand #219: Deborah Worley-Roberts moved all in for her last 500,000 and Heidi May snap-called.

Worley-Roberts tabled   , at risk and flipping with May's   .

The flop came     and May took a commanding lead with a full house, tens full of deuces. The turn was the   and Worley-Roberts was left drawing dead to the   on the river.

Worley-Roberts is the runner-up in Event #70: $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship for $83,459.

Heidi May3,600,000500,000
Deborah Worley-Roberts0-500,000
07/09/17 02:09:38 PM PST (about 135 days and 1 hour ago)
 
Hands #214-218: Shove, Shove, Shove
 

Hand #214: Heidi May raised to 55,000 and got no action.

Hand #215: May got a walk.

Hand #216: May limped in, Deborah Worley-Roberts moved all in, and May folded.

Hand #217: Worley-Roberts moved all in and May tank-folded.

Hand #218: May limped in, Worley-Roberts moved all in, and May folded

Heidi May3,100,000400,000
Deborah Worley-Roberts500,000-400,000
07/09/17 01:57:41 PM PST (about 135 days and 1 hour ago)
 
Hands #210-213: May Going Strong
 

Hand #210: Heidi May raised to 50,000 from the button, Deborah Worley-Roberts three-bet to 150,000 from the big blind, and May called. The flop came    , Worley-Roberts bet 150,000, May shoved, and Worley-Roberts folded.

Hand #211: Worley-Roberts moved all in from the button and May folded.

Hand #212: May raised to 55,000 from the button and Worley-Roberts called from the big blind. The flop came    , Worley-Roberts checked, May bet 65,000, and Worley-Roberts folded.

Hand #213: Worley-Roberts called from the button and May raised to 74,000 from the big blind. Worley-Roberts called and the flop came    . May bet 100,000 and Worley-Roberts folded.

07/09/17 01:51:36 PM PST (about 135 days and 1 hour ago)
 
Level 24 started
 
Level: 24 Blinds: 12000/24000 Ante: 4000
07/09/17 01:50:58 PM PST (about 135 days and 1 hour ago)
 
Hands #202-209: May Extends Her Lead
 

Heads up

Hand #202: Heidi May raised to 50,000 and Deborah Worley-Roberts called. The flop came    , Worley-Roberts checked, May bet 60,000, and Worley-Roberts folded.

Hand #203: May got a walk.

Hand #204: May raised to 50,000, Worley-Roberts three-bet to 225,000, and May mucked.

Hand #205: Worley-Roberts raised to 40,000 and May called. The flop came     and both players checked to the   on the turn. May checked, Worley-Roberts bet 65,000, and May folded

Hand #206: May raised to 50,000 and Worley-Roberts called. The flop came     and Worley-Roberts check-folded to a bet of 60,000 from May.

Hand #207: Worley-Roberts raised to 40,000, May three-bet to 140,000, and Worley-Roberts folded.

Hand #208: May raised to 40,000 and Worley-Roberts called. The flop came     and both players checked to the   on the turn. Worley-Roberts bet 75,000 and May called. The river was the   and Worley-Roberts bet 150,000. May called. Worley-Roberts tabled    for seven high and May showed    for two pair.

Hand #209: May got a walk.

Heidi May2,700,000400,000
Deborah Worley-Roberts900,000-400,000
07/09/17 01:45:36 PM PST (about 135 days and 2 hours ago)
 
Hands #194-201: Heidi May Stays Aggressive
 

Hand #194: Heidi May raised from the button and won the pot uncontested.

Hand #195: Deborah Worley-Roberts raised to 40,000 from the button and May called from the big blind. The flop came     and both players checked. The turn brought the  , May bet 75,000, and Worley-Roberts folded.

Hand #196: May raised to 50,000 from the button and won the pot uncontested.

Hand #197: May got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #198: May raised to 50,000 from the button and Worley-Roberts called from the big blind. The flop came    , Worley-Roberts bet 75,000, and May folded.

Hand #199: Worley-Roberts called from the button and May checked her option. The flop came     and both players checked. The turn brought the   and May checked. Worley-Roberts bet 60,000 and May folded.

Hand #200: May raised to 50,000 from the button and won the pot uncontested.

Hand #201: Deborah Worley-Roberts opened from the button and won the pot uncontested.

07/09/17 01:39:11 PM PST (about 135 days and 2 hours ago)
 
Hands #186-193: Deborah Worley-Roberts Chips Up
 

Deborah Worley-Roberts

Hand #186: Heidi May raised to 50,000 and Deborah Worley-Roberts called. The flop came    , Worley-Roberts checked, May bet 65,000, and Worley-Roberts called. The turn was the   and both players checked to the   on the river. Worley-Roberts bet 75,000 and May called. Worley-Roberts tabled    but May showed    to scoop the pot.

Hand #187: Worley-Roberts moved all in and got no action.

Hand #188: May raised to 60,000 and Worley-Roberts folded

Hand #189: Worley-Roberts raised to 110,000 and May mucked.

Hand #190: May raised to 50,000 and Worley-Roberts called. The flop came    , Worley-Roberts bet 100,000, and May folded.

Hand #191: Worley-Roberts raised to 45,000 and May called. The flop came     and May check-called a bet of 80,000 from Worley-Roberts. The turn was the   and both players checked to the   on the river. May checked, Worley-Roberts bet 150,000, and May called. Worley-Roberts tabled    for trip kings and May mucked. Worley-Roberts celebrated with her rail.

Hand #192: May raised to 50,000, Worley-Roberts three-bet to 200,000, and May folded.

Hand #193: Worley-Roberts raised to 40,000 and May called. The flop came     and May check-called a bet of 65,000 from Worley-Roberts. The turn was the   and both players checked to the   on the river. Both players checked again. May tabled    for a pair of nines but Worley-Roberts showed    for a pair of jacks and took down the pot.

Heidi May2,300,000-300,000
Deborah Worley-Roberts1,300,000300,000
07/09/17 01:33:07 PM PST (about 135 days and 2 hours ago)
 
Hands #178-185: Heidi May Applying Pressure
 

Hand #178: Heidi May raised to 45,000 and won the pot uncontested.

Hand #179: May got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #180: May called from the button and Deborah Worley-Roberts checked her option. The flop came     and Worley-Roberts check-called a bet of 25,000 from May. The turn brought the   and Worley-Roberts checked. May bet what looked like 75,000 and Worley-Roberts called. The river was the   and Worley-Roberts checked. May started to reach for betting chips but Worley-Roberts had already sent her cards into the muck before she could move them foward.

Hand #181: May got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #182: May raised to 60,000 from the button, Worley-Roberts three-bet to 270,000, and May folded.

Hand #183: Worley-Roberts raised to 40,000 from the button and won the pot uncontested.

Hand #184: May called from the button, Worley-Roberts checked her option, and the flop came    . Worley-Roberts checked, May bet 25,000, and Worley-Roberts called. The turn brought the   and both players checked. The river was the   and action checked through again. May tabled    for a pair of eights and it was good enough to win the pot.

Hand #185: Deborah Worley-Roberts raised to 40,000 from the button and Heidi May called. The flop came     and May check-called a bet of 40,000 from Worley-Roberts. The turn brought the   and both players checked. The   fell on the river, May bet 100,000, and Worley-Roberts folded.

07/09/17 01:24:12 PM PST (about 135 days and 2 hours ago)
 
Heads-Up Play Begins
 

Bob Smith has brought out the bracelet and the final two ladies are about to battle it out for the bracelet!

Australia's Heidi May holds a commanding lead with 2,600,000, up against the United Kingdom's Deborah Worley-Roberts with a cool million.

07/09/17 01:22:23 PM PST (about 135 days and 2 hours ago)
 
Jana de la Cerra Eliminated in 3rd Place ($57,930)
 

Jana de la Cerra

Hand #177: Jana de la Cerra raised to 40,000 on the button and Heidi May three-bet to 150,000 from the small blind. De la Cerra moved all in for about 400,000 and May called.

De la Cerra was at risk with   , flipping against May's   .

The flop came     and May took the lead with a pair of aces. The turn was the   and the river was the  , sending de la Cerra home in third place for $57,930.

Heidi May2,600,000800,000
Deborah Worley-Roberts1,000,000-440,000
Jana de la Cerra0-400,000
07/09/17 01:19:35 PM PST (about 135 days and 2 hours ago)
 
Hands #170-176: May is Taking Over
 

Hand #170: Deborah Worley-Roberts limped in on the button, as did Jana de la Cerra from the small blind. Heidi May checked her option in the big blind. The flop came    , de la Cerra checked, and May bet 20,000. Worley-Roberts and de la Cerra called. The turn was the  , de la Cerra checked, May bet 100,000, and both of her opponents folded.

Hand #171: May limped in from the small blind, Worley-Roberts raised to 75,000 from the big blind, and May folded.

Hand #172: De la Cerra got a walk.

Hand #173: May got a walk.

Hand #174: May limped in from the small blind and Worley-Roberts checked her option in the big blind. The flop came    , May bet 25,000, Worley-Roberts raised to 75,000, and May called. The turn was the  , May checked, Worley-Roberts bet 125,000, and May folded.

Hand #175: May raised to 45,000 on the button, Worley-Roberts called from the small blind, and de la Cerra moved all in from the big blind. May and Worley-Roberts mucked

Hand #176: May got a walk.

07/09/17 01:13:27 PM PST (about 135 days and 2 hours ago)
 
Hands #165-169 May Check-Raises
 

Hand 165: Deborah Worley-Roberts raised to 52,000 from the button and won the pot uncontested.

Hand #166: Heidi May called from the small blind and Deborah Worley-Roberts checked her option. The flop came     and both players checked. The turn brought the  , May bet 50,000, and Worley-Roberts folded.

Hand #167: Deborah Worley-Roberts raised to 40,000 from the small blind and won the pot uncontested.

Hand #168: Deborah Worley-Roberts raised to 60,000 from the button and Heidi May three-bet to 145,000 from the big blind. Worley-Roberts called and the two players saw a flop of    . May bet 100,000 and Worley-Roberts called. The turn brought the   and May checked. Worley-Roberts bet 200,000 and May check-raised to 475,000, sending Worley-Roberts into the tank. She ultimately folded and May took the chips.

Hand #169: Heidi May raised from the button and Deborah Worley-Roberts called from the small blind. The flop came     and both players checked. The turn brought the   and they checked again. The river was the   and they checked a third time. Worley-Roberts showed    for ace high and it was good enough to win the pot.

07/09/17 12:59:24 PM PST (about 135 days and 2 hours ago)
 
Hands #160-164: Heidi May Takes Over the Chip Lead
 

Heidi May

Hand #160: Jana de la Cerra raised to 50,000 on the button and got no action.

Hand #161: Heidi May raised to 45,000 on the button and raked in the pot.

Hand #162: Deborah Worley-Roberts raised to 45,000 on the button and de la Cerra called from the small blind, as did May from the big blind. The flop came     and all three players checked to the   on the turn. De la Cerra bet 75,000 and both May and Worley-Roberts called. The river was the  , de la Cerra checked, and May bet 250,000. Worley-Roberts called and de la Cerra folded.

May tabled    for trip kings with a queen kicker and Worley-Roberts flashed    for trip kings with a worse kicker.

Hand #163: May called from the small blind and Worley-Roberts checked from the big blind. The flop came     and May check-called a bet of 50,000 from Worley-Roberts. The turn was the   and both players checked to the   on the river. May checked, Worley-Roberts bet 75,000 and May called.

Worley-Roberts showed    for a pair of sevens and May showed    for a pair of tens.

Hand #164: May raised to 45,000 on the button and got no action.

Heidi May1,800,000845,000
Deborah Worley-Roberts1,440,000-2,150,000
Jana de la Cerra400,000-130,000
07/09/17 12:45:42 PM PST (about 135 days and 3 hours ago)
 
Level 23 started
 
Level: 23 Blinds: 10000/20000 Ante: 3000
07/09/17 12:45:37 PM PST (about 135 days and 3 hours ago)
 
And in Other News...
 
07/09/17 12:36:27 PM PST (about 135 days and 3 hours ago)
 
First Break of the Day
 

The final three ladies are on their first 15-minute break of the day.

Deborah Worley-Roberts2,590,0001,080,000
Heidi May955,000-30,000
Jana de la Cerra530,000-10,000
07/09/17 12:32:04 PM PST (about 135 days and 3 hours ago)
 
Hands #155-159: Worley-Roberts Gathering More
 

Hand #155: Heidi May raised to 37,000 from under the gun and won the pot uncontested.

Hand #156: Jana de la Cerra raised to 32,000 from the small blind and Heidi May called from the big blind. The flop came    , de la Cerra bet 50,000, and May folded.

Hand #157: Jana de la Cerra raised from the button and Deborah Worley-Roberts called from the big blind. The flop came    , Worley-Roberts checked, May bet what looked like 65,000, and Worley-Roberts folded.

Hand #158: Heidi May raised to 37,000 from the button and Jana de la Cerra three-bet from the big blind. May folded and de la Cerra took the pot.

07/09/17 12:31:24 PM PST (about 135 days and 3 hours ago)
 
Julie Dang Eliminated in 4th Place ($40,843)
 

Julie Dang

Hand #154: Julie Dang moved all in from the small blind for about 300,000 and Deborah Worley-Roberts called from the big blind to put Dang at risk.

Dang:   
Worley-Roberts:   

Worley-Roberts had the preflop advantage and Dang needed to improve in order to preserve her tournament life. The board ran out       to give Worley-Roberts a pair of queens to win the pot and eliminate Dang.

Julie Dang0-425,000
07/09/17 12:30:05 PM PST (about 135 days and 3 hours ago)
 
Hand #153: May Wins Uncontested
 

Hand #153: Heidi May raised from the small blind and won the pot uncontested.

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