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There was no playing nice among the 1,054 ladies signed up for Event 22, Ladies No Limit Hold’em Championship. Although the event was missing some of the biggest names on the women’s side of the poker universe, there was still plenty of star power, with an attendance that nearly matched last year’s number and a prize pool that swelled to $948,600.
Annie Duke, Jennifer Harman and Annette Obrestad were not signed up for the $1,000 buy-in event, but players like Liv Boeree, Evelyn Ng, Vanessa Rousso, Jennifer Tilly and last year’s champ, Linda Johnson were all in the house for the tournament. Although Rousso and Tilly busted during Day One, Boeree, Ng and Johnson have all made strong runs and find themselves in the top ten heading into today’s action.
All three of these ladies have a great deal of ground to make up in order to claw their way into contention. La Sengphet has a commanding lead of over 2:1 on second place Svetlana Gromenkova as the final 138 players head into Saturday play, with 117 places paying. At stake is a WSOP bracelet and $192,132 for the championship. The top ten and their chip counts heading into today’s action are:
- La Sengphet – 148,500
- Svetlana Gromenkova – 70,100
- Kim Wooka – 65,200
- Stacy Taylor – 65,100
- Linda Johnson – 64,400
- Faithful Lo – 62,700
- Liv Boeree – 57,700
- Kami Chisholm – 55,600
- Evelyn Ng – 55,200
- Kandis Harris – 54,900
Boeree expressed a simple sentiment with her performance, commenting in her Twitter account, “through to day 2 of the Ladies with 57k.” Ng also expressed her feelings via Twitter, saying, “i’m freakin exhausted!! good night all, wish me luck tomorrow for Day 2 :]”
It is safe to expect aggressive play on Saturday as Sengphet looks to put the tournament out of reach, while the other ladies fight to make up ground heading into the final table. The tournament will feature final table action tomorrow, when this year’s “queen of the WSOP” is crowned.