WSOP 2017 Adventures – Ladies Event

16 Aug

The morning of the WSOP Ladies Event I was full of excitement and anticipation. I’d had a good night’s sleep, healthy breakfast and  I was wearing a new (lucky:) top I bought especially for this event- it was time to play my favourite tournament of the year and hang out with my female poker friends.

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The plan was to get to Rio a couple of hours early to register for the game and have enough time to enjoy Starbucks coffee not only with familiar faces from back home but also all the ladies from the female poker community I’m running on Facebook (Ladies at Unibet Poker).

Big shout out to Muskan, Camilla, Sonia and Diana who I met for the first time!

Having such a big group of us at the WSOP Ladies Championship supporting each other added to the buzzing atmosphere at the Rio and also converted into being an extra motivational drive, at least for me personally, to try even harder to succeed for the team.

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It felt like I was having the perfect start when I looked at my registration ticket. My favourite number is 7 and my seat draw for the tournament read table 77, seat 7 and it was 07.07.2017. It must have been a sign, right!? 🙂 I Just smiled and cheerfully headed to my starting table to represent Unibet Poker.

I didn’t recognise anyone (always a good sign) there apart from Sin Melin, who was sitting to my immediate right and who was not only playing well but was also contributing considerably to the table banter.

I quickly got to know the rest of the girls too and it turned out to be a fun & friendly table. One girl brought in a big tray of Krispy Kreme doughnuts to share with everyone including the bloggers :)) and a Canadian lady decided it was a good idea to get the shots in for the table after 2 hours of play:))

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Poker action at my table was rather loose and quick; players were risking it all regardless of there being 1 hour clock. Myself, I didn’t play many hands but still managed to chip up my 5k starting stack to nearly 8k going into the first break.

The atmosphere in the Amazon room was electrifying. There were around 700 ladies playing & chit chatting away; all different ages, backgrounds and poker skills.

It felt like being a part of one big female community but sharing one thing in common  – the love for the game. That’s one of the reasons why I enjoy this event so much.

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Things were going smoothly at the table and I was up to a healthy stack that I continued to build after a capable player Julie Anna Cornelius got sat opposite me. She had a big stack of chips and was pretty active with it. Naturally we ended up playing a few significant pots against each other.

In one of the hands Julie opened from mid position just over 2.5bb. I defended my BB with pocket sixes. Flop came Js9c6s and I ck called when she bet around 60% of the pot.

I considered ck raising but felt that ck calling was a more optimal option with my set versus this player. By ck calling I could keep her back draws & semi-bluffs in & hopefully get some extra chips on the turn.  Also if I ck raised the flop I knew she was good enough to lay down 1 pair hands  which may continue barrelling on the turn otherwise especially if/when improved.

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Lovely Julie Anna Cornelius finished in 77th place

 

 

Although the turn came 7s and I had no spade in my hand, I still felt it was a good card for my range particularly taking into account her facial reaction to the card and her quick check back. At this point I put her on a medium strength show down hand and possibly an over pair played cautiously wary of sets and two pairs in my range which would be trying to control the size of the pot rather than a drawing hand which most likely bets again.

River was a 10c, which I thought was a very good card for me; backdoor flush draw missed and although some of the drawing hands such as 7,8 and K,Q got there I didn’t think she had them as she would have prob bet the turn with those.

I was pretty sure she was not going to bet the river as 10c is pretty bad card for her range and considering I still put her on an overpair or a Jackx hand, I decided to lead myself and went for around 40% thin value bet, which got paid and I scooped a decent pot with my set of sixes.

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Then however not long after that I went on a bad run; I lost some chips when I ran my top pair into a set and lost another chunky pot in a BB v Btn situation. I defended with KQ n ck called on K58 rainbow flop, turn 10 ck ck, river 10. I bet in order to get paid by under pairs to K or even Ace highs & got min raised.

I didn’t love my hand anymore but had to make a crying call considering the odds and plus I didn’t have enough reads on this specific player to make a big fold. She had A10. Grrrrr….

Before I knew it I had slipped down to 20bb and fortunately there was a dinner break round the corner. I needed some fresh air, some food and a glass of wine in the company my lovely girlies in order to clear my head.

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From the left – with Sonia, Deborah, Charlie & Katie x

 

 

Kelly Saxby (who unfortunately busted just before the break) kindly sorted the table for the group and 6 of us headed to All American Bar & Grill for a hearty meal & a catch up. I was glad to see that most of the girls were still in and doing very well.

Deborah Worley-Roberts had the most chips and from what I could hear she was bossing the table 🙂 and Charlie Godwin was one of the chip leaders on her table.

The break was just the tonic I needed and I got back to the table full & refreshed and ready to do some damage.

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Although I managed to increase my stack to 30bb with some successful shoving and 3-betting action, still poker gods had some other ideas for me this time. It seems that 77 was an omen, just not the type I was looking for… I ran 77 from the button into Big blind’s pocket 99’s  for half my stack and then a few orbits later I picked up pocket 99’s myself and couldn’t hold v 77’s for my tournament life in 150th/718 😦

I have to admit I was extremely disappointed, after having such a great start, having a good read of the players at my starting table and being so close to the pay outs (108 players cashed).

Oh well, It was another fun & valuable experience and I’m already looking forward to WSOP Ladies event 2018 🙂  I had to root for one of my friends to take it down instead.

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Deborah Worley Roberts

Very well done to our group members Sonia Padovani & Diana Svensk who cashed in the Ladies event and came 55th & 48th respectively.

And huge congratulations to Deborah for getting as close to winning a bracelet as anyone can and finishing in 2nd place for $83,459. What an amazing performance and fantastic achievement!

Charlie also showed that busting could have its benefits, jumping into the ladies game at the Aria the following morning and ultimately finishing 2nd for $9,032- another great performance.

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Charlie Godwin

It was definitely one of the highlight’s of this trip for me- having an increased number of female friends to hang out with. There was 10 of us from the UK supporting, railing each other and playing the WSOP Ladies Championship together and I really enjoyed hanging out with such a talented & friendly bunch of ladies. I’m hoping that next year there is going to be even bigger group of us out there 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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