The ongoing week in Las Vegas is traditionally called the ‘Ladies Week’ given the fact that there are so many women-specific tournaments running all week long at the various poker rooms in Sin City. The most prestigious tournament of them all every year takes place at the Rio and is called the Ladies Championship. One of the most anticipated tournaments on the WSOP calendar, the event allows entry to women players for a buy-in of $1,000 while men have to pony up $10,000 to play.
Event#47: $10K Ladies Championship took off on June 20 and registered an impressive 968 entries. While the attendance overshot last year’s numbers of 696 entries by a healthy margin, for the first time no men registered for the event.
Talking about the popularity of the event before the event began, well-known pro Katie Stone had said, “A lot of women look forward to the event as their highlight of the year. For a lot of women, this is their first time playing at the WSOP and it is kinda their Main Event.”
Amidst the 261 ladies still in the running is one of the most renowned female poker players in the country, PokerStars India Team pro Muskan Sethi. Sethi flew into Las Vegas earlier this summer, and like her fellow PokerStars India Team pro Aditya Agarwal, she too has had little success initially busting the BIG 50, Millionaire Maker and the $1,500 NLHE on Day 1 itself. While none of these forays translated into a deep run, Sethi was able to break the jinx with a score in Event #28: $1K NLHE finishing 180th for $2,144 (-₹1.48 Lakhs). After a brief respite, the GPL India Delhi Diehards Team manager seems to be back with gusto. Entering the Ladies-special tournament, Sethi has successfully advanced to Day 2 with a stack of 127,100.
Leading the 261 Day 1 survivors is Jennifer Lopez (251,900) followed by Katie Lindsay (245,600) and Diane Cooley (229,100).
Event #47: $1,000/ $10,000 Ladies NLHE – Day 1
The event drew a healthy field of 968 entries, and by the end of play, only 261 ladies were left in the running.
Representing Team India at the event was PokerStars India Team pro Muskan Sethi who bagged 127,100 in chips.
Sharing regular updates on Twitter, Sethi seemed to be enthused to meet some of her favorite poker divas.
My Poker divas are here Reppin UK & all the Fantastic Ladies In Poker🦸♀️ Good Luck Girls!!! ❤️😍 way to go FLIP!
— Muskan Sethi (@muskaansethi) June 18, 2019
She also shared that she had made it to Day 2.
— Muskan Sethi (@muskaansethi) June 21, 2019
In other highlights, defending champion Jessica Dawley had to rebuy but failed in her second attempt as well and was busted out. Former bracelet winner Allyn Shulman, however, had a much better day featuring among the top stacks for the majority of the play. She bagged 128,400 in chips on Day 1.
Interestingly, the mother-daughter duo of Megan Milburn and Joanne Milburn entered the event, and both of them made it to Day 2, the former carrying 47,000 and the latter 124,300.
The top 146 places will be paid with a min-cash worth $1,496. While last year Dawley had won $130,230 in the event, the winner of the Ladies Championship this year will take home $167,308 in prize money.
Leading the 261 survivors are Jennifer Lopez (251,900), Katie Lindsay (245,600) and Diane Cooley (229,100). Some other top names in contention for the bracelet include Kristy Arnett (42,900), Gaelle Baumann (53,700), Kelly Minkin (56,400), Maria Lampropulos (70,400), and Ana Marquez (146,00).
Top 10 Chip Counts At the End of Day 1
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