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Ladies Event Begins At World Series Of Poker, Drawing Smallest Field Since 2005

Lower Turnout Due To Monster Stack Overlap, Says WSOP


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The $1,000 ladies no-limit hold’em championship kicked off on Friday, June 27 at the World Series of Poker, with 793 women registered for the event. It was the smallest turnout since Jennifer Tilly beat out a field of 601 to win $158,335 in 2005.

Last year, 954 players entered the ladies event at the Rio Convention Center.

WSOP spokesperson Seth Palansky predicted that registration for the ladies event will be down by about 15 percent this year, compared to last summer.

“I think the fact of the matter is…it’s a direct correlation to the opportunity to play in the Monster Stack for $500 more, for a $10 million prize pool,” Palansky said. “We really didn’t do the ladies any favor in scheduling them a day after the Monster Stack, which no one ever anticipated would be that big, so that’s something we’ll learn and improve upon next year.”

This is the second consecutive year that the WSOP has implemented a $10,000 buy-in for the event while offering women a $9,000 discount, with the goal to discourage men from playing.

The WSOP cannot impose a total ban on men from entering the tournament, and introduced the new buy-in last summer after several years of male poker players such as Jonathan Epstein, who made the final table in 2011, registering for the women’s-only event.

No men registered for the tournament this summer.

While the event may have just begun, some better-known players who have cashed this summer have already busted, including Angela Prada-Moed, who placed second in a $1,000 no-limit hold’em tournament earlier this week, winning $189,632. Prada-Moed also placed fourth in the WSOP ladies event back in 2012, winning $47,949.

Australian poker player and bracelet winner Jackie Glazier has also busted out of the ladies event. Glazier has cashed in three events this summer thus far, winning more than $22,000.

Amanda Baker is another familiar face to poker who busted out of the ladies event early. Baker placed 10th in the $1,000 no-limit hold’em turbo event earlier this month, winning $14,039. In addition, she placed seventh in the ladies event last summer, winning $20,572.

Last year’s champion Kristen Bicknell also hit the rail early on the first day of play.

The ladies no-limit hold’em championship is the largest ladies event for poker in the world.

“We want to do everything we can to encourage women to play here, and we’re very appreciative for their showing today,” Palansky said.

For more coverage from the 2014 summer Series, visit our WSOP landing page.

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