Jacquelyn Scott, a former critical care nurse and seller of robots, who later became a real estate broker in Fort Lauderdale, has won a World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelet at the age of 66.
She emerged as one of the 10 finalists of WSOP Event #53, an NL Hold’em Ladies Championship, which had attracted a player field of 795. She ranked fifth in chip stack, but that was sufficient for the gritty female poker player.
Later voicing her opinion of Florida, she said: “It’s such a good place. I have no need to travel to play poker, except I would never want to miss the WSOP. We have big tournaments, and quite frankly, I’m a full-time real estate broker, and that’s how I make my living, so I’m not going to give that up to chase the dream, but I already caught it, this was a dream.”
Scott won the championship title after defeating Hope Williams in the heads-up match. When the 212th hand was being played at the final table, she raised to 150,000, after which she called in response to Williams’ all-in bet. Williams held an Ace of Spades and a King of Clubs, but the cards on the board acted in favour of Scott, helping her improve her King of Hearts and Queen of Spades. As the runner-up of the tournament, Williams went home with a prize of $95,039.
Calling the win “just phenomenal,” Scott said that she had longed for such an experience for a long time. Ever since 2009, she had taken part in the Main Event of the WSOP at least five times, but had never finished in the cash. However, she had cashed in several tournaments in her hometown. Since she had never taken part in a ladies tournament, she decided to take part in the WSOP Ladies Event. She called it a “great tournament,” “a whole different atmosphere, just a lot of wonderful women and really good players.”
Scott said that she will be happy to take her WSOP bracelet and the $153,876 first-place prize to her hometown Florida.
The players who finished third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth were Amanda Sizemore of Las Vegas ($61,268), Li Fu of Ontario ($44,883), Parm Mehmi of Tampa ($33,363), Liya Gerasimova of Russia ($25,135), Stacie Boehm of Sheridan ($19,168), Stephanie Ampelikiotis of Toronto ($14,789), Sandie Morse of Hudsonville ($11,533), and Lisa Costello of Las Vegas ($9,101), respectively.