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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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Friday, July 1, 2011 3:54 PM Local Time

Maria Mayrinck

We caught the very end of a pretty sick hand between Maria "Maridu" Mayrinck and her opponent. The board read out      , and Mayrinck had put out a bet of around 2,000, which would put her opponent all in. She took a few moments, before making the call in what appeared to be a tough position for her. Mayrinck confidently turned up   , saying "I didn't hit the river i hit the flop." However, her opponent flipped over    for a better full house, and the table erupted in shock and laughter. Despite the loss, Mayrinck is still doing fine, sitting at 4,200 from her starting stack of 3,000.

Friday, July 1, 2011 3:54 PM Local Time
Erica Schoenberg9,6006,900
Lizzy Monroe7,3002,500
Xuan Liu6,5003,500
Kirsty Chick5,5002,500
Karina Jett5,400-2,100
Susie Isaacs3,600-500
Maria Ho2,300-350
Gloria Balding2,000-1,000
Victoria Coren0-3,300
Friday, July 1, 2011 3:53 PM Local Time

There was a huge commotion coming from one of the tables in the middle of the Black section and we rushed over to see a massive three-way all-in pot between Michelle Hinojosa and two other players, just as the cards were being tabled:

Opponent 1:   
Opponent 2:   

Hinojosa pumped her fists after the dealer spread the flop of     and the other ladies were drawing dead by the time the   fell on the turn. The river   was only there to make it official.

With the double KO, Hinojosa is up to more than 20,000 in chips!

Michelle Hinojosa20,000
Friday, July 1, 2011 3:42 PM Local Time

Liv Boeree

A player in middle position raised to 325, and Team Pokerstars Pro Liv Boeree called in the hijack. Both blinds called as well, and the four players took a flop of    . Action was checked around to Boeree who bet out 525. The player in the small blind was the only caller, and the two went heads up to the turn, which came the  . Both players checked that card, and they saw the   hit the river. The small blind checked, and Boeree assembled a bet of 1,800. Her opponent folded fairly quickly, and Boeree won the pot, upping her stack to 5,700.

Friday, July 1, 2011 3:35 PM Local Time

We missed the exact preflop action, however, a short-stacked player ended up getting it all-in against Kristy Gazes, who had her covered.


The       board left Gazes with an inferior full house and her opponent doubled through her.

However, Gazes has chipped up nicely since beginning the day and is currently sitting with 8,000 in spite of the small hit.

Friday, July 1, 2011 3:32 PM Local Time

Marsha Waggoner (during Event #25): eliminated

Marsha Waggoner was making her way past media row, hoisting her bag on her shoulder as she walked and she was kind enough to stop by and answer our enquiries as to how her tournament life ended.

As Waggoner recalled, she was crippled down to 2,000 in chips in an earlier hand after Joy Kenworthy's    flopped a set against her   , then she found herself moving all-in with    a short time later, only to be out-flopped again by Alexandra Petitjean's    when another ten spiked up on the board.

Alexandra Petitjean16,7002,700
Marsha Waggoner0
Friday, July 1, 2011 3:24 PM Local Time

Christina Lindley

Christina Lindley raised to 500 from early position and found one caller in the form of the small blind. When the flop fell    , action checked to Lindley and she bet 750. It was enough to take down the pot as the small blind simply mucked.

Lindley is off to a good start in the Ladies Championship as she is now up to 7,000.

Friday, July 1, 2011 3:19 PM Local Time

We didn't catch all of the details, but we happened upon Lauren Kling's table as she was doubling up a short-stacked opponent. Kling held   , but it was no good against the    of the big blind. Kling is down to 1,100.

Friday, July 1, 2011 3:18 PM Local Time

From under the gun, Alexandra Petitjean raised to 350 before Joy Kenworthy snap-shoved for just over 2,100 from middle position. The action folded back around to Petitjean and she insta-called with   , flipping against the    of Kenworthy.

The flop of     put Petitjean further ahead, but despite both players making two pair on the turn of the repeat  , Petitjean held when the   bricked out on the river, sending Kenworthy to the rail.

Alexandra Petitjean14,000
Friday, July 1, 2011 3:09 PM Local Time

Current 2011 WSOP Player-of-the-Year Leaderboard

PlayerPointsCashesFinal TablesBraceletsWinnings
Ben Lamb572.65321$1,130,494
Chris Moorman486.20521$1,051,466
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier479.25421$811,639
Phil Hellmuth458.25420$527,970
Sam Stein402.63421$716,342
Mikhail Lakhitov401.80521$851,058
Jason Mercier385.33531$696,438
Mitch Schock364.81531$406,018
Joe Ebanks360311$1,179,031
Sean Getzwiller325321$672,627

*Through Event #49

Jostens Fan Collection
Friday, July 1, 2011 3:06 PM Local Time

Liv Boeree

On flop reading    , the player in the small blind checked to her lone opponent, Liv Boeree, who bet 275 from the cutoff. Boeree's opponent cut out 600 and pushed it into the middle for a check-raise. Boeree made the call.

The turn came the   and the player in the small blind led out for 1,000. Boeree re-checked her cards and tanked for a bit, but decided to fold.

Boeree is currently sitting with 4,000.

Friday, July 1, 2011 2:59 PM Local Time

Over on Kirsty Chick's table, we caught some action between Marie Lizette and an opponent heads-up to a flop that read    ; Lizette checked to the opponent who bet out from the hijack, but Lizette insta-check-shoved for more than 2,000.

After about two minutes in the tank, her opponent folded and Lizette flashed the   before raking in the chips. "Not much more than the starting stack, hun!" she said.

Marie Lizette3,600
Friday, July 1, 2011 2:58 PM Local Time

Maria Ho's stack has been left by itself and has been blinding down since the last break. We checked her twitter, and for the first time in her career she is attempting to live double table, as she is still in Day 2 of the Mixed Hold'em. We will be sure to post when Ho is back in her seat over here in the Pavilion room.

Friday, July 1, 2011 2:54 PM Local Time

Wooka Kim

The action folded around to Wooka Kim who min-raised to 200 from the button in the small blind; her opponent in the big blind called, then Kim fired out 200 again after the flop of    .

The big blind raised to 500, but Kim quickly shoved for 1,575. After some time, the big blind folded and Kim picked up the pot.

Wooka Kim2,400
Friday, July 1, 2011 2:46 PM Local Time

While the Ladies Championship is considered a non-open event, it doesn't mean that woman haven't succeeded in other events. Here is a look at the women who've managed to claim a bracelet in open events throughout the years:

Vanessa Selbst (2008 PLO)
Annette Obrestad (2007 WSOP-Europe Main Event)
Katja Thater (2007 Razz)
Kathy Liebert (2004 Limit Hold'em Shootout)
Cyndy Violette (2004 Seven Card Stud Hi Lo Split 8 or Better)
Annie Duke (2004 Omaha Hi Lo Split 8 or Better)
Jennifer Harman (2002 Limit Hold'em & 2000 No Limit 2-7 Lowball)
Nani Dollison (2001 Limit Hold'em), Jerri Thomas (2000 Limit Seven Card Stud)
Maria Stern (1997 Limit Seven Card Stud)
Linda Johnson (1997 Limit Razz)
Barbara Enright (1996 Pot Limit Hold'em)
Vera Richmond (1982 Limit Ace to Five Draw)

Jostens Fan Collection
Friday, July 1, 2011 2:42 PM Local Time

An early-position player limped and Victoria Coren raised to 250 from middle position. Everyone folded back around to the limper, who flatted.

Both players checked the     flop. However, when a   fell on the turn, Coren's opponent led out for 600. Coren thought for a bit but landed on a call. Both players went back to checking on the   river.

Coren's opponent revealed    for a pair of queens and Coren mucked. She is currently sitting with 3,300.

Friday, July 1, 2011 2:36 PM Local Time

We came to Elissa Harwood's table to see that her and two other players were in a hand on the turn with the board reading     . The small blind bet 400, and Harwood called, along with the other player as well. The river came the  , and the small blind checked as did Harwood. Their opponent bet out 400, and both players called. The better showed   , which beat the small blind, but not Harwood, who had   . She scooped the pot, and boosted her stack to 4,700.

Friday, July 1, 2011 2:34 PM Local Time

Past WSOP Ladies Event Champions Since 2001

YearPlayerPrize# of Entrants
2001Nani Dollson$41,130106
2002Catherine Brown$39,880107
2003Barbara Rugolo$40,700112
2004Hung Doan$58,530201
2005Jennifer Tilly$158,335601
2006Mary Jones$236,0941,128
2007Sally Anne Boyer$262,0771,286
2008Svetlana Gromenkova$224,7021,190
2009Lisa Hamilton$195,3901,060
2010Vanessa Hellebuyck$192,1321,054
Friday, July 1, 2011 2:32 PM Local Time

We're not sure how it happened, but Nadya Magnus has been eliminated from the tournament. Many may recognize Magnus as the woman who appeared on The Big Game as a "Loose Cannon." Unfortunately for her, she won't be adding the 2011 Ladies Championship to her résumé.

Friday, July 1, 2011 2:31 PM Local Time

Another big cheer went up through the Pavillion Room and this time, it was Douglas Pork who was making his way to the exits, but not without a big smile and a bow.

As Pork recalled to us, he called from the big blind with    (suited) after a middle position raise from French player Alexandra Petitjean. The flop came down     and Pork check-shoved, but Petitjean snapped him off with   .

The turn and the river bricked out and with Pork now out of the picture, Petitjean is now up to 9,800 in chips. She'll be one to watch out for, as she's already racked up more than $50,000 in tournament earnings, including a runner-up finish at the Partouche Poker Tour Deep Stack event in Lyon, good for almost €33,000.

It should also be noted that the unofficial count of male players in this event was 12. As it stands, about half of those players remain.