While many poker players prepare for the start of the World Series of Poker this upcoming Wednesday, thirty six of the best female poker players will gather in London for a warm-up at the Party Poker Women’s World Open III.
The $3000 buy-in tournament is organized by the popular sporting organization Matchroom Sport; it starts on Sunday and will crown a champion on Wednesday evening. The format of the tournament features six different six-player Sit & Gos where each winner will continue on to the final table. The runners up in each of those six preliminary tournaments will gather for a “last chance” battle to get to the Women’s World Open final table, making for a seven player field. On Wednesday, the seven women who earn their way through the early battles will gather to crown the latest champion of the three-year-old event and split up the $108,000 prize pool, with the winner taking the $50,000 lion’s share.
The players that will compete in the Party Poker Women’s World Open draw from around the world and feature champions from many of the major poker events. Topping the list is former WSOP Europe champion Annette “Annette_15” Obrestad, who will face challenges from former WSOP Ladies’ Champion Jennifer Tilly, European Poker Tour Dortmund champion Sandra Naujoks and the UK Women’s Poker Tour champion Lynne Beaumont. While these ladies have earned some of the most prestigious titles in the game, the list of competitors looking to take them down is just as impressive.
Stepping to the felt as well for the Party Poker Women’s World Open will be “Late Night Poker” finalist Maria Demetriou, European Ladies’ Champion Liv Boeree, Sweden’s Cecilia Nordenstram, England’s Jen Mason, Japan’s Kim Wooka, France’s Lise ‘The Pink Lady’ Vigezzi, Ireland’s Colette Murphy and Polish boxing champion Agnieska Rylik. Back to defend her title this year is Soraya Homam from Germany, who is joined in this year’s field by fellow 2008 final table participants Stefanie Bergener, Spain’s May Maceiras and Eliza Burnett.
The lineup of players for each heat reveals some potential for fireworks. In the very first heat, Obrestad and Germany’s Christine Klecz will be at the tables and the second heat features Tilly and Mason squaring off for battle. The most stacked heat will be the fifth, however, as EPT champion Naujoks has not only Maria Demetriou to contend with but also one of last year’s final table players, the hyper aggressive May Maceiras.
The Party Poker Women’s World Open III is being taped for television broadcast later this year. Jesse May will lead the commentary of the tournament – which will be broadcast on Five in England and throughout Europe after its premiere – and will be joined by Obrestad for color commentary unless “Annette_15” is a part of the final table. Tight Poker will keep an eye on what should be a hotly contested battle and will have all the information as the latest champion of the Party Poker Women’s World Open III will be crowned on Wednesday.

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