WSOP 2017 – Week 2: E-Tay and Melissa Gillett Make Final Tables

At PokerWomenNews we have high hopes for the women poker players at this years World Series of Poker. In fact, we went all in and predicted, that female poker players would win four bracelets in open events this summer! Yes, four bracelets.

Every week of the WSOP, I intend to take a look at the results so far. Bracelet wins. Final tables. Deep runs. Here are the highlights from week two.

Melissa Gillett Takes 4th Place in Event #12
The second week of the WSOP was only one day old, when Melissa Gillett from Australia made the final table of Event #12: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em. The poker playing principal entered the final day as a huge chip leader with nearly three time as much chips as the second largest stack, Aditya Agarwal. Down to six players Gillett had lost some, but was still sitting on a healthy stack. Unfortunately she lost a big pot vs. David Pham with a pair of sevens against his pair of queens, and soon after Gillett was sent to the rail.

Gillett took home $127,180 for her deep and impressive run. This is the largest cash of her career; prior to this event Gillett had only cashed for around $12k. The tournament attracted 1,739 players, and David Pham wound up winning the bracelet.

E-Tay Final Tables H.O.R.S.E Event
When I made the prediction of four female bracelet winners this summer, E-Tay (Esther Taylor-Brady) was the first player I had in mind. Brett Collson from PokerNews gave the nod to E-Tay too, and on Facebook the mixed game pro said herself, that she had her “eyes on a bracelet”.

In the $1,500 Tag Team Event last week E-Tay came close via her team mate DJ MacKinnon, and this week E-Tay (all by herself) final tabled Event #14: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. E-Tay came to the eight-handed final table as the short stack, and she was the first player out, when she was eliminated by the eventual winner David Singer in a round of Razz. E-Tay took home $18,669 for her 8th place finish.

Deep Runs
Poker legend and three-time bracelet winner, Barbra Enright, also cashed in the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. Event, finishing in 62nd place for $2,855, while Helen Ellis took 49th place for $3,181.
In The Millionaire Maker Jessica Dawley outlasted thousands of players to finish in 30th place for $34,718, while bracelet winner Lisa Hamilton went even deeper and made it to 26th place and a cash of $43,123.
Event #24: $1,500 Limit Hold’em saw plenty of women go deep. Carmen Fung finished in 31st place and Mesha James in 32nd place out of 615 runners for $4,074 each. E-Tay once again went pretty, finishing in 43th place for $3,505.

Keep and eye on: Nancy Ngyuen
Speaking of Event #24, Nancy Ngyuen is the chip leader going into the final day of play and with just 15 players left. The poker pro from Texas has more than $400,000 in live tournament earnings, and she will be looking to capture the first bracelet of her career. Ngyuen has numerous deep runs on her resume, incl. a deep run in the WSOP Main Event in 2006, where she finished in 181st place for $47,000. Two years ago she claimed the biggest cash of her career (so far), when she finished in 4th place in the WSOP Circuit Main Event in Choctaw for $121, 873.

WEEK ONE
Bracelets: 1 (Liv Boeree)
Final Tables: 4 (Linglin Zeng, E-Tay, Sam Cohen, Lanie Foster)
WSOP Leaderboard: Linglin Zeng, 23th. Carol Fuchs, 36th 

WEEK TWO
Bracelets: 0
Final Tables: 2 (Melissa Gillet, E-Tay)
WSOP Leaderboard (top 100 as of June 14): E-Tay #16. Linglin Zeng #75. Carol Fuchs #89.

Be sure to check out Week 3 of the WSOP, when I return next week with more coverage of deep runs, final tables and hopefully another bracelet win (or two).

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