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Jessica Teusl (cover image) bagged her first bracelet in the 2022 WSOP Event #61: $1,000 Ladies NLHE Championship, winning a career-best $166,975. The Austrian players topped a 1,074-entry field in the event and defeated Julie Le heads-up, the latter collecting $103,196 in second place.
It has been an eventful WSOP for Jessica Teusl, who has already picked up four cashes in series for a collective $297,418. Her biggest score at the 2022 WSOP before the win came two weeks ago when she finished eighth in Event #21: $1,500 Monster Stack for $120,455. According to her Hendon Mob profile, this was her fifth live title, which boosted her live tournament earnings to $497,553.
In her post-win interview, a smiling and emotional Teusl said, “I’m feeling so happy. I have such a crazy time at the WSOP this year! I got my biggest live cash at the Monster Stack, and now I win a bracelet. And on top of that, my boyfriend, Stefan Lehner, also won a bracelet (Event #16: $3,000 NLHE) right when I was on the final table myself two weeks ago!”
Teusl entered the final table with a short stack and eliminated five players en route to her smashing run to the top. Recalling her final day run, she said, “I started the day with only nine big blinds, and it was a crazy story for me. I kept winning pots and falling short again, and then we were seven left, six, five, and it became so real. I start to think the chance of winning is now alive. I know everything could change really fast, and I’m very grateful that luck was also on my side.”
“Bankroll management is one of the most important things in poker because we all know how the variance can be. I’m not the kind of woman who will go crazy and play $10,000 buy-ins because you can’t forget that luck exists in poker and how fast you can lose everything. I’m going to play the Main Event for sure, but this was already on my schedule,” she added.
Talking about the atmosphere in the ladies’ event and the adjustments she made, Teusl shared, “I play a little bit different than I play with guys. I would make folds that I don’t do usually and play tighter. You must really see which player can go crazy and which one it really nit.”
On a parting note, she added, “We are going to celebrate now! We have two bracelets to celebrate. But first, I really have to call my mother now!”
The $1,000 buy-in event collected $955,860 in the prize pool and paid out 162 places. A min-cash was worth $1,600.
From the Indian contingent, Sonam Jain was the only player to cross the money line and placed 125th for $1,750 (~₹1.38 Lakhs), picking up her first-ever cash in the WSOP.
Many notable ladies posted deep runs, including Lexy Gavin (13th for $8,160), Maria Konnikova (20th for $5,457), Tiffany Michelle (22nd for $5,457), Charlotte Van Brabander (21st for $5,457), Melanie Weisner (28th for $4,569), Pamela Balzano (36th for $3,886), Katie Swift (60th for $2,952), two-time bracelet winner Lon Hui (74th for $2,398), and last year’s champion Lara Eisenberg (102nd for $2,000).
Unofficial Final Table Chip Counts
Jennifer Loman was knocked out in tenth place ($10,209), setting up the official final table.
Final Table Recap
Cherish Andrews hit the rail in ninth place after her were cracked by Lynh Nguyen’s . Nguyen turned a flush on the board to take down the pot.
After Andrews’s elimination, the day’s play ended, and Lynh Nguyen (3,870,000) bagged the overnight chip among the eight survivors.
Final Day Chip Counts
Final Day Recap
Natalie Hof was the first to fall in eighth place after her failed to improve against Julie Le’s .
After almost two levels of play, short-stacked Sandy Tran fell out in seventh place. Her were crushed by Julie Le’s who made trip sevens on the board .
Soon after that, Lynh Nguyen was sent packing in sixth place. She lost the race with against Jessica Teusl .
Meikat Siu was next on the chopping block in fifth place. Her fell prey to Jessica Teusl’s .
Not long after that, Felisa Westermann was knocked out in fourth place after moving all-in with . Jessica Teusl called off with the better and held on.
After Westermann, Christina Gollins joined the rail in third place after losing all her chips in a three-way pot.
Jessica Teusl (16,650,000) held a commanding 4:1 chip lead over Julie Le (4,800,000) at the start of the heads-up match, but Le won a few pots to take the lead briefly. However, Teusl managed to score a massive double-up that left Le with just seven big blinds, and it was all over on the next hand.
The deciding hand saw Jessica Teusl moving all-in with , and Julie Le’s called off with , putting her tournament life at risk. board showed no surprises, and just like that, Teusl became the new WSOP Ladies Event champion!
Final Table Results (USD)
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