The World Series of Poker has just entered its second week, and what a first week it has been from a female perspective! First Vanessa Selbst captured her third gold bracelet in Event #2, the $25,000 Mixed-Max No-Limit Hold’em, and yesterday Melissa Burr and Shirley Rosario made it all the way to the final table of Event #10, the $10,000 Limit Omaha High-Low Championship.
Even though Melissa Burr did not win her first bracelet and was out in 8th place, she was happy with all the support, she had received along the way:
Busted 8th… but after all the support, texts, and tweets I feel like the luckiest person in the world and no river could ever change that.
— Melissa Burr (@burrrrrberry) June 4, 2014
Melissa Burr collected $51,758 for her 8th place finish.
Shirley Rosario was out in 4th, when she moved moved all in from the big blind with and Richard Ashby called with . The board came , and Ashby scooped with a flush and a better low than Rosario. Rosario took home $146,522 for her efforts. What a great run for the two mixed games pros.
LEADER OF THE PACK
In Event #13, the prestigious $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship that kicked off yesterday, Jennifer Harman finished the day as chip leader. The event only drew 87 entries, and when the day concluded 36 players remained. Earlier Harman had tweeded how much she looked forward to the event:
Was out of the tournament a while ago. Played cash all day. Can't wait for tomorrows tournament. NL Duece. My fav tournament of the wsop
— Jennifer Harman (@REALJenHarman) June 3, 2014
And Harman’s expectations of a fun day came true. The two-time bracelet winner ended the day with 133,800 in chips, average is 72,500. In 2000 Jennifer Harman actually won her first bracelet in No-Limit 2-7 Lowball. The story goes that Harman had never played the game prior to the event, but received a five-minute tutoring session from Howard Lederer before playing!
Hot on Harman’s heels is five-time bracelet winner John Juanda, who won the event in 2011. Nick Shulman, who have won this event twice, is also returning to play day 2 together with notable names as Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, Shaun Deeb, Barry Greenstein and Phil Hellmuth.
Even though the field is not very large, it is certainly very tough. In other words Harman has to fight with everything she got to remain in top of the food chain.
When we look at the first week of the WSOP, the question is no longer if a woman will win a bracelet in an open event this year, but rather “how many?”