There is something about sponsored events that suits England’s Philippa “Pippa” Flanders just fine.  For the second time in her poker career, Flanders emerged victorious at a Party Poker event, winning the Women’s World Open IV late last week, pocketing $30,000.  This was also her third overall cash in a live competition.

Flanders joined 23 other skilled female poker players at the Mills Studio in London in a series of preliminary heats before the top six points earners advanced to the final table.  Joining her were fellow countrywomen Caroline Cove and Helen Firth, Poker Europa magazine editor Eliza Burnett, France’s Claire Renault, and the tournament’s co-awards presenter, Croatia’s Tatjana Pasalic.  Team Party member Kara Scott was Pasalic’s co-presenter and also played in the Open, but did not make the final table.  Other notables not advancing past the preliminary heats included online phenom and champion of the first World Series of Poker Europe Main Event, Annette “Annette_15” Obrestad, Women’s World Open III winner Aisling Collins and runner-up Kim Wooka, Maria Demetriou, Women’s World open II winner Soraya Homam and runner-up Stefanie Bergener, and third place finisher in the 2009 WSOP $2,000 No-Limit Hold’em event Laurence Grondin.

Pasalic, who blogged for about her experience, went out in sixth place losing a weak Ace versus A-K battle to Firth.  On her blog, Pasalic wrote, ” I tried to relax at the table but the pressure was so high, I made some rookie mistakes but I learned a lot from them and luckily they didn’t cost me much. The situations at the table were crazy and I should have been more aggressive in order to get more out of the pots but I am satisfied.”

In another Big Slick domination, Flanders knocked out Renaut in fifth place, while Burnett hit the rail in fourth.  The chip leader to begin the final table, Caroline Cove, could not hold the lead and left in third.

When heads-up play started, Flanders and Firth were close to even, but Flanders had ever so slight of a lead.  The chip lead changed twice before the tournament was decided.  Flanders opened the action by raising with A-Q, only to see Firth push over the top all-in with K-Q.  Obviously, Flanders did not know that she was in such great shape, but after a thinking about it briefly, she called.  In a bit of overkill, Flanders’ hand improved to two pair and she won the tournament as well as the $30,000 prize.

As we noted earlier, this is not Pippa Flanders’ first taste of success at a event.  In 2006, she placed sixth at the European Open III, cashing for $20,000, and just a few months before that, she won the 2006 World Open for $200,000.  She has now won over $300,000 on the live tournament circuit and ranks 50th all-time on the women’s money list. Women’s World Open IV – Final Table Results

1. Pippa Flanders (UK) – $30,000
2. Helen Firth (UK) – $15,000
3. Caroline Cove (UK) – $10,000
4. Eliza Burnett (UK) – $8,000
5. Claire Renaut (France) – $6,000
6. Tatjana Pasalic (Croatia) – $3,000

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