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Bringing together 696 runners who entered to vie for the gold bracelet and a first place payday of $130,230, Event #57: $1,000/10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship at the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) ran through three consecutive days of battle before crowning Jessica Dawley (cover image) as the winner.
From the Indian contingent, the event saw participation of India`s ‘First Ladies’ awardee Muskan Sethi and the first lady of Indian poker Shuchi Chamaria, both of whom ended their run on Day 1.
For Dawley who is a regular at WSOP since 2011 and is also active on the WSOP Circuit, this is her top-most WSOP score till date and also her first WSOP bracelet. Prior to this her best WSOP score came through at the 2017 WSOP when she finished 30th in $1,500 NLHE Millionaire Maker for $34,718.
”I can’t even put into words, it has not hit me yet. I kept picturing myself as I was sitting here, I kept looking at these boxes of everyone in their bracelet photos, and I honestly kept trying to get my head straight with that. Looking at those pictures, I was like: ‘I just really hope that that’s me at the end of the day’. I’m just really happy. It’s been a grind for the past ten years so I’m happy to have something to kind of commemorate that,” an ecstatic Dawley said, after she won the tournament.
105 spots made it in the money for a minimum $1,497. After the elimination of Sara Palmer (11th for $6,799), the ten surviving players moved to the Brasilia room to play down to the official final table. By now, Dawley was holding the second-biggest stack with 612,000.
Danielle Anderson (10th for $6,799) entered the unofficial final table with the shortest stack of 226,000 chips was the final table bubble, after she was railed out by Dawley in a hand where she check-raised all in on the turn with ten-eight. Both Anderson and Dawley turned a straight but Dawley’s was superior and the board bricked out for a chop on the river to eliminate Anderson.
Final Table Recap
Right from the start Dawley kept the pressure on over the other finalists. Jill Pike was seen doubling through Dawley before Weiyi Mo scooped up two back-to-back pots from James and Pike respectively.
Tara Snowwas then shown the door by Mo in a hand where Snow moved all in for five big blinds and was called by Mo. Snow revealed ace-ten against four-three suited of Mo, who rivered a pair to eliminate Snow in ninth place.
Six hands later, it was Molly Mossey who had to face the heat when her pocket sevens ran into Pikes pocket aces. The board didn’t help Mossey and she was eliminated in eighth place.
The seven players then moved to the feature table on the Twitch stage where all the action was being live streamed. The battle went on for two hours before the next elimination. Weiyi Mo was busted out in seventh place after she ran her queen-nine into the pocket sevens of Pike.
Tara Cainwas relegated to the rail in sixth place after her pocket fives ran into Dawley’s ace-six, and as luck would have it, Dawley found a six on the river to hit a pair.
The play went on for a while before the next elimination came through. Jacqueline Burkhart found ace-jack in the cutoff and jammed on Pike’s under-the-gun raise. However, Pike held pocket aces and though Burkhart flopped a wheel-draw that could have split the pot, the deuce she was waiting for never came and she left for the rail in fifth place.
Next, Fong raised to 105,000 from the small blind and Mesha James three-bet shoved for 250,000 from the big blind. Fong snap-called with and James showed . The board ran and James bounced out in fourth place.
Turning the pressure on, Dawley took a commanding chip lead over the others. After several hands of raises and folds, Lisa Fong shoved for 480,000 on the button. Pike tanked before folding while Dawley made the call. It was Fong`s vs Dawley`s . On the flop Fong hit a pair of sixes but was still trailing behind Dawley’s pocket kings. The turn and the river bricked and Fong exited in third place.
The heads-up between Dawley and Jill Pike didn’t last long and just three hands into play Dawley won the tournament. Pike moved all in from the small blind for 225,000 with and Dawley made the call holding . The flop got Dawley a pair but for Pike who was struggling to survive, the turn and the river blanked out. She settled for a second place finish, conceding the title to Dawley who also bagged $130,230 in prize money for her victory!
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Jessica Dawley – $130,230
2. Jill Pike – $80,444
3. Lisa Fong – $55,812
4. Mesha James – $39,334
5. Jacqueline Burkhart – $28,167
6. Tara Cain – $20,499
7. Weiyi Mo – $15,167
8. Molly Mossey – $11,411
9. Tara Snow – $8,732
Content & image courtesy WSOP.com
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