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World Series of Poker -- Vanessa Hellebuyck Wins Event No.22

French Player Wins First Major Live Tournament of Her Career


Vanessa HellebuyckVanessa Hellebuyck made the most of her third major tournament cash.

Early Sunday evening at the 2010 World Series of Poker, Hellebuyck won event no. 22 ($1,000 ladies no-limit hold’em) for a payday of $192,132.

The action started off slow on the final day. However, once Loren Watterworth exited in ninth the tabled witnessed a flurry of eliminations. Three of the first six eliminations were a result of a player moving all in and a larger stack waking up with pocket aces. As a result, the final table was over in just over four levels.

Hellebuyck held a 5-1 chip advantage over eventual second place finisher Sidsel Boesen when heads-up play began. The contest was over in just seven hands when Hellebuyck won a coinflip for the bracelet and the cash.

Hellebuyck outlasted a field of 1,054 players to bring her $8,217 career earnings to over $200,000.

Lisa Hamilton, last year’s champion in the event, also made her first career cash at the WSOP by winning the event in 2009. Hamilton has accumulated $286,203 since the win.

Hellebuyck will also have the chance to use her bracelet as a stepping stone to more tournament success.

Here is a look at the final results:

1. Vanessa Hellebuyck — $192,132
2. Sidsel Boesen — $118,897
3. Timmi Derosa — $74,389
4. Allison Whalen — $53,994
5. Kami Chisholm — $39,860
6. Holly Hodge — $29,880
7. La Sengphet — $22,728
8. Bonnie Overfield — $17,520
9. Loren Watterworth — $13,688

Here are the elimination hands as featured in Card Player’s live updates:

Loren Watterworth

Loren Watterworth Eliminated in 9th Place ($13,688)

Sidsel Boesen opened to 36,000 and Loren Watterworth shoved for 48,000 total. Action was folded to Boesen, who made the call and exposed the AClub SuitJSpade Suit. Watterworth was in bad shape with her ADiamond Suit10Spade Suit. The board offered no help for the dominated ace and Watterworth was eliminated in ninth place.

Bonnie Overfield Eliminated in 8th Place ($17,520)

Timmi Derosa bet 50,000 from middle position and Bonnie Overfield moved all in for 352,000 total from the big blind. Derosa called and exposed pocket aces. Overfield exposed the ASpade SuitKSpade Suit and was in bad shape. Overfield was unable to out draw the aces and was eliminated in eighth.

La Sengphet

La Sengphet Eliminated in 7th Place ($22,728)

La Sengphet moved all in for 82,000. Allison Whalen raised all in from the button. Both blinds folded. Sengphet exposed the AClub Suit6Diamond Suit while Whalen tabled the JDiamond SuitJClub Suit. The board offered no salvation for Sengphet and she was eliminated in seventh.

Holly Hodge Eliminated in 6th Place ($29,880)

Holly Hodge moved all in for 156,000 and Timmi Derosa made the call from the small blind. Hodge tabled the ADiamond Suit5Diamond Suit but was way behind to the ASpade SuitQClub Suit of Derosa. The board offered no help for Hodge, as she was drawing dead against a pair of queens on the turn for Derosa. Hodge hit the rail in sixth place.

Kami Chisholm Eliminated in 5th Place ($39,860)

Kami Chisholm called from the small blind, but Sidsel Boesen wasn’t in the mood to check in the big blind. She bet 35,000 and Chisholm moved all in for 450,000 total. Boesen insta-called and exposed the AClub SuitAHeart Suit. Chisholm tabled her ASpade Suit7Diamond Suit and was unable to out draw the pocket aces. She was eliminated in fifth place.

Allison Whalen Eliminated in 4th Place ($53,994)

Allison Whalen open shoved for 550,000. Vanessa Hellebuyck called from the big blind. Whalen exposed the 2Heart Suit2Club Suit, but Hellebuyck tabled the AHeart SuitAClub Suit. Whalen was unable to improve and was eliminated.

Sidsel Boesen

Timmi Derosa Eliminated in 3rd Place ($74,389)

Timmi Derosa completed the big blind. Vanessa Hellebuyck bet 100,000 from the big blind and Derosa called. The flop came 9Diamond Suit5Club Suit3Diamond Suit and Derosa led out for 100,000. Hellebuyck made the call. The 6Heart Suit fell on the turn and Derosa moved all in for 651,000. Hellebuyck went into the tank before finally making the call, putting Derosa at risk. Derosa tabled the QHeart SuitJHeart Suit for a bluff and Hellebuyck exposed the 7Diamond Suit6Diamond Suit for a pair and multiple draws. The 4Heart Suit fell on the river and Derosa was eliminated.

Sidsel Boesen Eliminated in 2nd Place ($118,897), Vanessa Hellebuyck Wins Event No. 22 ($192,132)

Sidsel Boesen moved all in on the button for 358,000 and Vanessa Hellebuyck called. Boesen tabled the 10Diamond Suit9Diamond Suit while Hellebuyck exposed the 5Spade Suit5Diamond Suit. The fives held as the board ran out KSpade SuitQClub Suit3Spade Suit4Heart Suit6Diamond Suit. Boesen was eliminated in second and Hellebuyck won the tournament.



11 years ago

Great, now give Vanessa her TROPHY, her $$$ and an * for it being a "special" event or make it open to all!!! "just sayin"


11 years ago

Where is it written that only "open" events can be bracelet events?? The WSOP can award bracelets to winners in any events they so desire. Casino employees, seniors, ladies...they all deserve a bracelet like any other event. Feel free to make your own personal judgement as to the prestige of anyone's particular bracelet, whether it was from a 50-player field in the 1980's, or a 6,000 player field in the 2000's, but that doesn't mean a winner of a WSOP event shouldn't receive a bracelet.