The World Series of Poker (WSOP) has reached its final stage, and this year WSOP women have created history by lasting longer in the tournaments despite their smaller number.
The first WSOP woman to win a large cash prize was Patricia Baker, an employee at the Rio. She finished second in the Casino Employees Event and won a share of $43,754 of the total prize pool of $329,400.
Vanessa Selbst, the last female poker player to win the WSOP bracelet in 2008, came close to winning it once again in the second event, a $1,500 NL Hold’em tournament, but was defeated. Instead, she finished fourth and won a prize of $161,345.
Annette Obrestad also came close to winning a WSOP bracelet in the third event, a $3000 Heads Up NL Hold’em/PL Omaha tournament, but could not do it although she remained playing till the end.
In the fourth event, a $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 80-or-Better tournament, four female poker players Bonnie Rossi, Xuan Liu, Linda Johnson, and Marsha Wagonner occupied places in the list of top 13 players.
The poker gaming community believed that Amanda Musumeci would win the bracelet in the ninth event, a $1,500 Hold’em Re-entry tournament. Musumeci reached the final table of the tournament and became the last woman standing, but finished second and won the largest cash prize in her career— $ 481,643.
While Cyndy Violette finished 11th and won $15,906 in the 10th WSOP event, Susie Zhao finished 15th and won $11,995 in the 11th WSOP event. Vanessa Selbst presented a spectacular poker performance in the 12th event, the $10k Heads Up NL Hold’em, but finished ninth and won a prize of $20,674.
Two more women won cash prizes in the 13th WSOP event. While Lori Kirgan finished ninth and won a prize of $15,886, Jennifer Harman finished 18th and won a prize of 8,130. Ms. Harman was also one of the top 20 players of the 30th event, the $1,500 2-7 Draw Lowball.
Even at the WSOP Main Event, two women poker players almost made it to the final table. Elisabeth Hille and Gaelle Baumann would have liked to break Barbara Enright’s 17-year-old record of being the only woman poker player to reach the WSOP Main Event final table. However, they finished in the 11th and 10th places, respectively.
Considering the fact that women comprise just 3 percent of the total WSOP player pool, women’s WSOP achievements this year are quite considerable.