What a weekend it has been for women in poker! In South Africa Lacey Jones and Diane Crous went deep in WPT Emperors Palace Poker Classic. Jones made it to the final two tables and finished in 11th place for $7,376 and Diane Crous made it to the final table of six, where she eventually busted in third place for $54,721.
In Nottingham Eleanor Gudger went all the way and took down the WPT500 at Dusk Till Dawn Casino for £140,000 ($222,177). The event had seven starting flights and attracted a huge field of 2,091 entries. But when day 3 began on Sunday only 61 players remained, among them Team PKR pro Eleanor Gudger.
Early in the day the well-known British pro Lil’ Dave aka David Nicholson took the lead, but after a clash with Daryosh Rossookh, the other big stack in the tournament, Lil’ Dave was left with only one big blind and sent to the rail soon after.
Down to two tables Matthew Noonan had overtaken the chip lead, and when Eleanor Gudger won a huge pot with a pair of queens vs. AJ, she was suddenly second in chips going into the final table of eight. Even though the chip lead went back and forth, Noonan and Gudger were the last two players standing, and deservingly so as they had both played really well throughout the event.
Going into heads-up play Gudger had the chip lead with 44,200,000 against Noonan’s 18,350,000, and that didn’t change. In the final hand of the night Noonan was all in with , which Gudged called holding . The flop brought giving both players two pair, but with the queen kicker Gudger was well in front, and the on the turn and the on the river secured her the biggest payday of her career.
Gudger now has over $360,000 in live tournament earnings. She collected her second largest cash in May this year, when she finished third in the High Roller at UKIPT in Nottingham for $62,336.
Congrats to Eleanor Gudger on her impressive performance and to Lacey Jones and Diane Crous on their deep runs in Johannesburg.
Photo: Eleanor Gudger, World Poker Tour