The World Series of Poker launched 11 new events this summer. One of the more popular has been Event #42: $1,500 Extended Play No-Limit Hold’em with 90-minute long levels and a 7,500 starting stack. A lot of players – 1,914 overall – liked the structure and signed up to play, including players like Cherish Andrews, Cathy Dever, Eleanor Gudger, Allyn Shulman, April Facey, Lisa Hamilton, Sofia Lövgren, Yuri Ishida, and Karin Bruteig, who all survived Day 1.
At the end of Day 2 only Canada’s April Facey, bracelet winner Lisa Hamilton and Japanese pro Yuri Ishida were still in the field. Other notables who made it to Day 2 included Barney Boatman, Antonio Esfandiari, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Jonathan Little and Blair Hinkle.
Going into Day 3 the remaining 114 players were guaranteed $3,514, but with a bracelet and $478,102 up top there was much more at stake. Unfortunately Lisa Hamilton busted in 84th place and before the real fun began. April Facey and Yuri Ishida on the other hand were running good and even though they both started the day with stacks under average, they were able to run it up, ultimately making it to the final three tables.
April Facey had a great day at the tables. The Canadian who is known for her aggressive playing style, received an early double up, when she cracked Anthony Diotte’s aces with a turned straight. She went on to bust Jose Pinedamoncada with AJ vs. his AT, and in the third level of the day, she doubled up again with a pair of kings vs. Pratik Ghatge’s pocket jacks. Facey was now sitting with a stack of 385,000.
In the last level of the night Facey picked up in the small blind, and she called a bet of 20,000 from Ross Gottlieb under the gun. John Strzemp in the big blind called as well. On a flop of Facey checked-called a bet of 30,000 from Strzemp and Gottlieb folded. On the turn Facey continued to check her set of eights and Strzemp checked behind. The completed the board, and Facey now bet 75,000, which resulted in a fold from Strzemp. The pot saw Facey climb to top three of the leaderboard, but when play concluded Facey had 498,000 in her stack; enough for 14th place going into the final day of play.
Yuri Ishida survived the day as well, but the Japanese pro will enter Day 4 as the short stack with 223,000 in chips. British pro, the very likeable bracelet winner Barny Boatman leads the remaining 26 players into the final day with 1,152,000 in chips. The players are guaranteed $14k at this point.
PokerWomenNews wish April Facey and Yuri Ishida the best of luck on Day 4. The WSOP has been somewhat disappointing from a female perspective so far. Let’s hope Facey and Ishida are able to turn things around, when play continues Tuesday at 1p.m. local time.