Event #5: No-Limit Texas Hold 'em Ladies Championship (L.I.P.S.)
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Buy-in: $200 (+25)
Number of Entries: 286
Total Prize Money: $54,340
Jill Gold won her first major poker tournament, defeating a World Series of Poker Circuit record field of 286 players at the Harrah's New Orleans L.I.P.S. championship. Gold came to the final table as one of the lowest players in chips and blasted through nine finalists en route to a nice payday of $17,729. Abbe Garfinkez, from nearby Mandeville, LA was the runner-up.
Gold's victory was impressive as she defeated several very strong players, including Nani Dollison - a three-time WSOP gold bracelet winner.
Gold was actually visiting New Orleans on business and decided to come and play in this tournament. She is a mother of a 3-year-old and a 10-month old. She plays regularly at the Hard Rock Casino, near her home in South Florida.
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Tournament reporting by Nolan Dalla / worldseriesofpoker.com