For those who were excited to see women like Kathy Liebert and Sandra Naujoks succeeding in recent mixed field poker tournaments, mark your calendars because the best and brightest women in the game are going to be showcased in the upcoming Women’s World Open III sponsored by
The event, which is organized by Matchroom Sport, will take place from May 24th-May 27th and will be filmed at Three Mills Studio in London, England. The format of the $3,000 buy-in tournament is essentially a double shootout. The 36 entrants will be divided into six six-handed tables and the winner of each table will advance to the final round. The six ladies who finished in second place during their opening heat will have a second chance to make the final table in a consolation heat. The winner of the consolation heat will advance to the seven-handed final table and vie for a piece of the $108,000 prize pool. The champion of the event will walk away with $50,000.
The event boasts an international field of female pros headlined by WSOPE Main Event winner Annette “Annette_15” Obrestad. This will be the Norweigan pro’s first appearance in the televised event. Others in the field include WSOP bracelet winner Jennifer Tilly, EPT Dortmund winner Naujoks, Maria Demetriou, Eliza Burnett, Jen Mason, Stefanie Bergener and the Women’s World Open II winner Soraya Homam of Germany.
Obrestad commented on her stiff competition on the PartyPoker Blog, stating, “This will be my first ladies-only tourney that is televised so it will be interesting to see if that changes the way they play and how I’ll have to adjust. Hopefully, we’ll see some cat fights.”
In addition to playing in the event, both Obrestad and Tilly will be providing commentary along with pokercaster Jesse May for the televised broadcast of the tournament on Britain’s Five network. May is one of the top poker commentators in Europe, having worked on the previous Women’s World Opens, the PartyPoker Premiere League and the PartyPoker European Open. The air dates for the event have not been released as of yet, but it will be sometime before the end of the year.
Homam, Naujoks and the other ladies of Germany will try to repeat their success from the second installment of the Women’s World Open and prove once again that the best female poker players in the world hail from their home country. Last season, the last two ladies standing were both German. Homam defeated fellow countrywoman Stefanie Berenger after a long heads-up battle that saw several lead changes before Homam emerged victorious.
The British women have also fared well in the past two editions of the event. The home court advantage and the large number of British players may have something to do with their success, but their results are impressive nonetheless. In the inaugural event, five of the six players at the final table hailed from the UK and the most recent event boasted three Brits at the final table, including Kyla Kalmar, wife of 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event 5th place finisher Jon Kalmar.
The complete final table results from the Women’s World Open II are as follows:
1st – Soraya Homam (GER) – $50,000
2nd – Stefanie Berenger (GER) – $22,000
3rd – May Maceiras (ESP) –  $14,000
4th – Eliza Burnett (UK) – $10,000
5th – Michelle Orpe (UK) – $7,000
6th – Kyla Kalmar (UK) – $5,000

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