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2011 42nd Annual World Series of Poker

Friday, July 01, 2011 to Sunday, July 03, 2011

Event #53: $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship

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  • Buy-in: $1,000
  • Prizepool: $949,500
  • Entries: 1,055
  • Remaining: 0


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Sunday, July 3, 2011 4:40 PM Local Time

Katherine Stahl - 6th Place ($29,909)

In the first hand after the break, the action folded around to Katherine Stahl who shipped her last 155,000 into the middle before the flop with   , but she was snap-called by Carol Tomlinson from the small blind. Stahl could only shrug her shoulders and smile as Tomlinson revealed   .

Tomlinson improved to two pair on the flop of    , but Stahl picked up the straight draw with the   on the turn. Needing any ace or five, the river   was two pips short, sending Stahl to the rail, but not without a big hug from Tomlinson.

Tomlinson is now in excess of 1.6 million in chips!

Carol Tomlinson1,600,00060,000
Katherine Stahl0-158,000
Sunday, July 3, 2011 4:31 PM Local Time
Carol Tomlinson1,540,000400,000
Marsha Wolak585,000-95,000
Valerie McColligan387,00027,000
Karina Jett193,000-42,000
Peg Ledman175,000-51,000
Katherine Stahl158,000-42,000
Sunday, July 3, 2011 4:29 PM Local Time

The cards are back in the air!

Sunday, July 3, 2011 4:28 PM Local Time
Level: 23
Blinds: 10000/20000
Ante: 3000
Sunday, July 3, 2011 4:09 PM Local Time

After two levels, the players are on their first 20 minute break of the day.

Sunday, July 3, 2011 4:09 PM Local Time

Jennifer Cowan - 7th Place ($22,750)

On the last hand before the break, Jennifer Cowan raised to 35,000 from under the gun and received a call from Katherine Stahl in the small blind. Carol Tomlinson was in the big blind and said, "How can I fold here, I'm gonna flop the nuts!" before she called as well.

The flop came down     and it was checked over to Cowan who bet 70,000. Stahl folded but Tomlinson check-raised and Cowan moved all in. Tomlinson made the call and the players turned over their hands.


Amazingly, Tomlinson had flopped the nuts just as she had predicted and was in great shape to knockout Cowan who would need runner-runner to survive. The turn was the   and was as good as it could get for Cowan who made a set and would just need the board to pair to stay alive and win the hand. Unfortunately for her, it came the   and Cowan was eliminated while Tomlinson continued to build on her lead.

Jennifer Cowan0-408,000
Sunday, July 3, 2011 4:02 PM Local Time

It was folded around to Jennifer Cowan on the button who raised to 38,000. Marsha Wolak three-bet to 70,000 from the small blind and Cowan made the call as the two saw the     flop. Wolak c-bet for 40,000 which got Cowan to fold and although she didn't have to Wolak turned over    for a set of aces and the nuts at the time as a nice gesture to show her opponent that she was beat.

Marsha Wolak680,000120,000
Jennifer Cowan408,000-37,000
Sunday, July 3, 2011 3:52 PM Local Time

Genevieve Gloutnez - 8th Place ($17,537)

Katherine Stahl moved all in again from under the gun like before, this time for 61,000 and Carol Tomlinson made the call right behind her. Genevieve Gloutnez shoved all in herself for 332,000 on the button and Tomlinson snap called and immediately flipped over her hand.


Tomlinson was in dominant position to knockout two players until the flop came down     to catapult Stahl into the lead with bottom set. The   on the turn and   on the river changed nothing as Stahl tripled up and Gloutnez was eliminated while Tomlinson took down the side-pot to increase her lead.

Carol Tomlinson1,140,000235,000
Katherine Stahl200,000125,000
Genevieve Gloutnez0-430,000
Sunday, July 3, 2011 3:38 PM Local Time

Katherine Stahl moved all in from under the gun for 15,000 which was 1,000 short of the big blind. Karina Jett called the big blind from the small and Valerie McColligan checked her option as the two formed a sidepot.

Jett and McColligan both checked it all the way down on the       board and Jett turned over    for a pair of kings. McColligan mucked which gave Jett the small sidepot but Stahl revealed    for a flush to survive the all in and chip up.

Valerie McColligan360,000-75,000
Karina Jett235,000-10,000
Katherine Stahl75,00058,000
Sunday, July 3, 2011 3:33 PM Local Time

Marsha Wolak cheers her double up.

Katherine Stahl limped in early position as did Marsha Wolak in the cutoff. Karina Jett checked her big blind as the three saw a     flop where fireworks would ensue. Jett checked to Stahl who bet 40,000 and Wolak moved all in. Stahl made the call and after it was counted down, she had Wolak who had 250,000 left barely covered as the players showed their holdings.


Stahl was in commanding lead with her top two pair but Wolak picked up a flush draw when the   hit the turn. The river came the   to give her the flush as she doubled up and Stahl was crippled.

Marsha Wolak560,000255,000
Katherine Stahl17,000-303,000
Sunday, July 3, 2011 3:18 PM Local Time
Carol Tomlinson905,00054,000
Jennifer Cowan445,00053,000
Valerie McColligan435,000-87,000
Genevieve Gloutnez430,00090,000
Katherine Stahl320,000-20,000
Marsha Wolak305,000149,000
Karina Jett245,00094,000
Sunday, July 3, 2011 3:16 PM Local Time

Jonathan Epstein - 9th Place ($13,701)

The action folded around toMarsha Wolak, who moved all in from the button and Jonathan Epstein called all-in from the big blind. The rail jostled for position eagerly as the players went to showdown:


There was no doubt as to who the crowd was rooting for as they chanted: "Beat the dude! Beat the dude!"

The flop was a dramatic one as it came down     to give Epstein straight and flush draws to go along with his ace. The   on the turn took away his straight outs as another ten would now give Wolak a full house.

Epstein was down to a diamond or ace on the river to survive and double up but it came the   and finally, he was eliminated. The rail erupted, cheering louder than every before and launched into a chorus of: "Na-na naaa na-na naaa na! Hey, hey, hey, goodbye!"

With the last remaining male player now gone, tournament director Robbie Thompson announced, "Finally, welcome to the Ladies Event!"

Jonathan Epstein0-162,000
Sunday, July 3, 2011 3:10 PM Local Time
Level: 22
Blinds: 8000/16000
Ante: 2000
Sunday, July 3, 2011 3:01 PM Local Time

Marsha Wolak celebrates a double up.

It's been fairly quiet in terms of action at the tables, but the crowd is already getting quite vocal for the ladies (not so for Jonathan Epstein). However, Marsha Wolak, who started this final table as the short stack, has just doubled up against Katherine Stahl.

The action folded around to Stahl who raised to 32,000 from middle position before Wolak shoved from the cutoff for 62,000. Stahl called, showing    but needed a lot of help against the    of Wolak.

The flop of     gave both players the pair of aces, but Wolak now had a pair of queens to go along with it. The   appeared on the turn, giving a slim chance to chop the pot with Broadway on the board, but the useless   bricked out on the river to give Wolak the double-up.

Naturally, her rail are using a homage to The Brady Bunch - "Marsha! Marsha! Marsha!"

Wolak is now up to 156,000 while Stahl is down to 340,000.

Sunday, July 3, 2011 2:50 PM Local Time

Our final nine!

We picked up some interesting facts about our players during the introductions, and we'd like to share some of the highlights with you now.

Karina Jett has already placed fourth in the WSOP Ladies Event back in 2003 and 2004 with a total of nine cashes up until this point. However, this will be the first time that Jett has made a final table of a WSOP event as an expectant mother.

Should there be a delivery required, we've got not one, but two nurses here - Valerie McColligan is registered in Wisconsin and Carol Tomlinson in Florida. And to make sure of a safe delivery, Katherine Stahl will be able to use her skills as a police officer to keep the crowd in order, with help from Jennifer Cowan, who'll be able to muscle them back as well (she's a professional bodybuilder).

Genevieve Gloutnez is a qualified plumber, while Marsha Wolak is a real estate investor who runs an all-female motorcycle club on the side. At least they could all get together at Peg Ledman's billiard club in Memphis after this is all over for a few celebratory drinks.

As for Jonathan Epstein? As the WSOP announcer notes state (verbatim): "He's single and unemployed. No surprise on either count."

Sunday, July 3, 2011 2:42 PM Local Time

After the player introductions from Kristy Gazes, the cards are back in the air!

Sunday, July 3, 2011 2:27 PM Local Time
Carol Tomlinson851,000301,000
Valerie McColligan522,000-38,000
Katherine Stahl421,00069,000
Jennifer Cowan392,000-12,000
Genevieve Gloutnez340,000-40,000
Peg Ledman226,00056,000
Jonathan Epstein162,000-54,000
Karina Jett151,00011,000
Marsha Wolak90,000-64,000
Sunday, July 3, 2011 2:24 PM Local Time

Amanda Sizemore - 10th Place ($10,843)

Amanda Sizemore raised to 32,000 in middle position and Carol Tomlinson raised all in from the small blind. Sizemore called all in for her tournament life and the players turned up their hands.


Sizemore was ahead with her pair of queens and it stayed that way through the     flop and   turn. Tomlinson would need an ace for a higher pair or a queen for a straight on the river to knock out her opponent. The river was the   and Sizemore was eliminated as Tomlinson took a sizeable chip lead.

The remaining players are now on a 15 minute break as the stacks are being counted for the official final table.

Amanda Sizemore0-194,000
Sunday, July 3, 2011 2:14 PM Local Time

"Just out of curiosity, who's cheering for Jonathan Epstein?" asked the tournament supervisor.

Several Bronx cheers (and a few more jeers) went up from the crowd.

"There we go," said the tournament supervisor before glancing over at Epstein. "Nice job, princess."

Sunday, July 3, 2011 2:11 PM Local Time

The players have now taken their seats and play is back underway!

"Good luck everyone," said the tournament supervisor, before quickly adding, "Not everyone." Jonathan Epstein has drawn the button for the first hand.