The third installment of the Party Poker Women’s World Open Tournament Series came to a close on Wednesday, after three grueling days of poker from what many suggest is the toughest field in the event’s short history. Some of the big names who turned out for the televised tournament included Annette “Annette_15” Obrestad, WSOP bracelet winner and Academy Award nominee Jennifer Tilly, EPT winner Sandra Naujoks and the Women’s World Open II Champion, Soraya Homam of Germany.
The Brits once again prevailed in the preliminary heats with four women from the UK advancing through to the final table of the 36-player $5,000 buy-in invitational event. First to advance to the finals was Shana Casaletto, who won one of the toughest preliminary heats that also boasted Obrestad and Full Tilt Poker Red Pro Christiane Klecz. Hot on her heels was another Brit, Jen Mason, who defeated fellow countrywoman Aisling Collins to win Heat Two. Cecilia Nordenstam of Sweden took down Heat Three while Kim Wooka edged out Absolute Poker sponsored pro Liv Boeree to advance from Heat Four. One of the early favorites, Maria “Chili” Demetriou, conquered Heat Five and Cat O’Neill bested Homam in a hard fought heads-up battle to claim the sixth seat at the final table.
There was still one more spot at the final table up for grabs and the ladies who finished second in each of the first six heats had one more chance to advance. Homam appeared to be the favorite to claim the sixth seat since she won the event last year, and back to back final tables seemed increasingly likely once it got down to heads-up play between her and Collins. In the end it was the Brit who claimed the seventh spot in the finals and Homam had to settle for two disappointing runner-up finishes in this year’s event.
Collins proved she deserved to be at the final table and pulled out to a substantial chip lead fairly early in the match as a result of her aggressive style of play. Fan favorite Jen Mason was the first player to hit the rail and O’Neill made her exit in sixth shortly after that. Collins extended her chip lead even further after knocking out Demetriou in fifth place. Nordenstam and Casaletto were knocked out in 4th and 3rd place respectively leaving Collins and Japan’s Wooka to play heads-up for the title and the $50,000 first place prize.
Collins started heads-up play with close to a 2 to 1 chip advantage, but the large blinds led to several all-in confrontations that saw the chip lead swing back and forth between the two women. In the end, the cards fell Collins’s way and the British TV producer managed to defeat a tough field of talented pros and play a total of three tables – compared to everyone else’s two – on her way to claiming the title of Women’s World Open Champion. Wooka received $20,000 for her second place finish.
The complete results from Wednesday’s final table are as follows:
1st – Aisling Collins – $50,000
2nd – Kim Wooka – $20,000
3rd – Shana Casaletto – $12,000
4th – Cecelia Nordenstam – $10,000
5th – Maria Demetriou – $8,000
6th – Cat O’Neill – $5,000
7th – Jen Mason – $3,000

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