Sunday, July 2, 2023 8:25 PM Local Time
An Unstoppable Tamar Abraham Wins Record-Breaking Ladies Event for $192,167
Tamar Abraham put her name in the poker history books by securing her first bracelet in the record-breaking Event #67: $1,000 Ladies Championship at the 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP), winning her biggest career cash in the process for $192,167.
The rail was particularly crowded today around the Feature Table at Horseshoe and Paris Casino Las Vegas to support the last seven players in the largest Ladies Event field in history, with 1,295 registered players.
Abraham defeated a worthy competitor in Shiina Okamoto, who held a large chip advantage at the start of the day, before Abraham went on a hot run on this final table to take the lead and start the heads-up with a 4:1 advantage. Both players had vocal and supportive rails and in the final hand, Okamoto shoved with a pair of fives on the turn against Abraham who had a pair of tens and a flush draw. The river further improved Abraham to a flush, ending Okamoto's tournament as runner-up for $118,768.
This wasn't Abraham's first deep run at the WSOP Ladies Event, as she already finished 30th in 2018 and 45th in 2021. But the latest result easily surpassed her $49,654 live career earnings according to The Hendon Mob.
The cash that comes with the bracelet is a big thing, but Abraham was above all overwhelmed by emotions immediately after her victory: "It's surreal. I don't even know what to say, I don't have any words right now."
Abraham, a member of Women's Poker Association, had a large number of female supporters and friends in the room to cheer her on during key hands. "It was awesome. I couldn't have done it without them, to be honest," admitted Abraham, particularly touched by this support.
Final Table Results Event #67: $1,000 Ladies Championship
Final Table Action
When the players returned at 2 p.m. local time on Sunday all seven players were guaranteed at least $26,277, but they were all aiming to make their career-best cashes. Unfortunately, that wasn't meant to be for everyone.
The Cypriot player Chrysi Phiniotis was the first to leave the table during the first half-hour of play, eliminated at the hands of Nam Nguyen who had poker eights versus the ace-six for Phinioti.
Abraham took the lead from Okamoto a few minutes later thanks to set over set, doubling up and never looking back. Abraham continued her hot run by eliminating Tara Cain shortly afterward when her ace-queen hit a lucky ace on the river to crack Cain's kings. Cain thus experienced a repeat of 2018, when she also finished in sixth place in the same event.
Okamoto then took out Israel's Mary Dvorkin in fifth place in an all-in preflop pot with ace-king versus ace-seven. She was followed to the payout desk only 40 minutes later by Suzanne Malavet, who saw her ace-jack run into Abraham's ace-king.
Las Vegas local and owner of a nail salon Nam Nguyen ultimately dropped down to third place on the podium when she shoved for her last eight big blinds with Jack-seven and fell to the ace-ten of Okamoto.
It then took less than an hour of heads-up play for Abraham to finish the job, despite a few pots won by Okamoto and an enthusiastic Japanese rail. The latter earned the fifth WSOP cash of her career and by far the most valuable.
"I think about taking everybody to dinner tonight," said a delighted Abraham of her numerous friends in the room. "I just don't know where yet, but it will be amazing!"
That concludes all the updates from the Ladies Championship, but stay tuned on PokerNews to follow all the action from the other events taking place at the WSOP 2023!
Sunday, July 2, 2023 7:13 PM Local Time
Shiina Okamoto Eliminated in 2nd Place ($118,768)
It was a limped pot for the first time in awhile where Shiina Okamoto was on the button and Tamar Abraham was on the big blind.
The flop came down and Abraham checked and Okamoto bet 200,000 and Abraham hit the aggression button and raised to 800,000. Okamoto made the call with the shorter stack.
The turn brought the and Abraham left the betting to Okamoto who announced, "All in" and Abraham quickly called and slammed her chips down.
Okamoto was in bad shape heading to the river with only four outs. The river brought the and Abraham won with flush.
Tamar Abraham is the newest bracelet winner and the recap will follow shortly with all the details.
Sunday, July 2, 2023 7:03 PM Local Time
Abraham Extends Her Lead
Shiina Okamoto raised to 400,000 with in her hands and got simply called by Tamar Abraham who held .
The flop showed and Abraham check-called Okamoto for 200,000. The turn brought two pair to Abraham who check-called again, this time for 400,000.
The didn't bring any action on the river and Okamoto mucked her cards when Abraham revealed her hand.
Sunday, July 2, 2023 6:59 PM Local Time
Abraham Keeps up the Aggression
Tamar Abraham raised to 400,000 and Shiina Okamoto called.
The flop came out and both players checked.
It went check check on the turn .
The river was where Abraham pushed the aggression after being checked to and made a bet of 600,000. Okamoto found the fold holding .
Abraham held for the stone cold bluff.
Sunday, July 2, 2023 6:51 PM Local Time
Two Pots for Okamoto
In the first hand, Tamar Abraham raised to 400,000 with and got called by Shiina Okamoto with .
The duo checked all the way throughout the board and a hit the river. Okamoto bet 200,000 and it was enough to win the pot.
On the second hand, Okamoto raised to 400,000 with and Abraham made the call holding .
The flop appeared and they both checked to the turn, that also went check-check. The river showed the and Abraham bet 600,000, which was called by Okamoto to win the pot with the best kicker.
Sunday, July 2, 2023 6:45 PM Local Time
Abraham Gets Hit with the Deck
The last few hands have been in favor of Tamar Abraham and this one was no exception.
Shiina Okamoto raised to 400,000 and Tamar Abraham smooth called.
The flop came and Abraham checked and Okamoto bet 200,000. Abraham called again.
The turn brought the and Abraham continued down the checking line and Okamoto bet 450,000. Abraham made the call.
Both players checked the river and Abraham flipped over for the win and Okamoto showed .
Sunday, July 2, 2023 6:37 PM Local Time
Okamoto Takes Chips Back
Shiina Okamoto raised to 400,000 with and Tamar Abraham made the call with .
Both checked all the way throughout the board and Okamoto took down the pot with a pair of eights.
Sunday, July 2, 2023 6:31 PM Local Time
Two Pots in a Row for Abraham
In the first hand, Shiini Okamoto raised to 400,000 with and Tamar Abraham three-bet to 800,000, holding . Okamoto let it go.
The hand after, Abraham just called with and Okamoto checked her option with . The flop brought and Okamoto check-folded after Abraham bet 4,000,000.
Sunday, July 2, 2023 6:25 PM Local Time
Okamoto Wins With Middle Pair
Shiina Okamoto raised on the button to 400,000 and Tamar Abraham called in the big blind.
The flop came down and both players checked.
The turn was the and Abraham took the betting lead and bet 600,000 and Okamoto made the call.
The on the river had Abraham checking and Okamoto bet out 500,000. Abraham considered and folded her .
Okamoto held and scooped the pot with the middle pair.
Sunday, July 2, 2023 6:20 PM Local Time
First Hand of the Heads-Up for Abraham
With , Tamar Abraham raised to 550,000 and Shiina Okamoto chose to call with in her hands.
The flop brought a pair of queens to Abraham who bet 850,000 after Okamoto checked. The latter didn't take long to fold her hand.
Sunday, July 2, 2023 6:16 PM Local Time
Level 31 started
Sunday, July 2, 2023 6:14 PM Local Time
Nam Nguyen Eliminated in 3rd Place ($85,756)
Nam Nguyen was on the button and pushed her chips in for 1,300,000 and Shiina Okamoto made the call from the big blind.
The board did not save the "dressed for success" Nguyen with and Nguyen went to the rail to thank her group of friends and fans.
Sunday, July 2, 2023 6:09 PM Local Time
Okamoto Puts Pressure
Shiina Okamoto fired 1,500,000 on the button, with in her hands, and picked up the pot right away after Nam Nguyen and Tamar Abraham folded.
Sunday, July 2, 2023 6:06 PM Local Time
Abraham Grabs Chips from Nguyen
In a blind versus blind situation, Nam Nguyen completed with in her hands and Tamar Abraham decided to raise to 500,000, holding . It was enough to get a fold from Nguyen and grab the pot.
Sunday, July 2, 2023 6:03 PM Local Time
Suzanne Malavet Eliminated in 4th Place ($62,658)
Suzanne Malavet was on the button and made her move pushing all of her chips in for 2,290,000. Tamar Abraham woke up with a hand in the small blind and made the isolation all-in raise and Shiina Okamoto folded.
The board ran out with no aid to Malavet and Malavet was eliminated in fourth place after a long run. Her rail applauded her and she was met with many hugs from the all of her friends and fans.
Sunday, July 2, 2023 5:58 PM Local Time
Nguyen Shoves ơn Malavet
With in her hands, Nam Nguyen raised in the small blind to 380,000 and Suzanne Malavet called, holding .
The flop fell and Nguyen shoved for around 950,000. Malavet didn't take long to fold her hand.
Sunday, July 2, 2023 5:55 PM Local Time
Nguyen Loses One to Okamoto
It folded to Shiina Okamoto in the small blind who found and completed her option. Nam Nguyen checked with and they went to see a flop . Nguyen check-called Okamoto for 200,000.
They both checked on the turn and river and Okamoto took down the pot two pair.
Sunday, July 2, 2023 5:50 PM Local Time
Okamoto Moves All in with Air on the Turn
Suzanne Malavet raised on the button to 325,000 and Shiina Okamoto called from the big blind.
The flop came out and Okamoto checked to Malavet who made a continuation bet of 175,000 and Okamoto called.
The turn brought the and Malavet bet 425,000 and Okamoto immediately announced, "all in" for 2,890,000 effective.
Malavet took some time to decide before folding her . Okamoto was holding and was drawing to the flush on the river.
Sunday, July 2, 2023 5:45 PM Local Time
Okamoto versus Abraham Round Two
Tamar Abraham raised to 325,000 in the small blind with and Shiina Okamoto called in the big blind with .
The flop brought and Abraham bet 250,000, which Okamoto called. The same action happened on the turn, this time for 450,000.
The hit the river and Abraham sent a third barrel for 600,000. Okamoto called again only to muck when Abraham showed a pair of kings.
Sunday, July 2, 2023 5:41 PM Local Time
Okamoto Takes One to Abraham
Shiina Okamoto raised to 325,000 with and Tamar Abraham opted to call in the big blind with in her hands.
The flop revealed and they both checked to see pair the board on the turn. This time Abraham bet 175,000 and Okamoto called.
A completed the board and they checked. The pot was sent to Okamoto for two pair with king kicker.