After four weeks of tournament poker at WSOP, only one woman, Vanessa Selbst, has been able to capture a bracelet. There’s been a lot of deep runs by female players like Shirley Rosario, Melissa Burr, Jennifer Harman, Pok Kim, Sam Cohen, Allyn Jaffrey Shulman, Amanda Musumeci, Maria Ho, Jackie Glazier, Loni Harwood and Amanda Baker. But still no second bracelet.
That might all change when day 3 of Event #45: 1,000 No-Limit Hold’em will play down to a winner. With only 12 players left, café-owner and part time poker player Angela Prada-Moed has a good shot at winning her first bracelet. Prada-Moed ended day 2 as chip leader with massive 961,000 chips in her stack, average is 450,250. If Prada-Moed takes this one down, it will be her biggest result so far. According to Bluff Poker Ranking Prada-Moed has $57,019 in live tournament earnings. In 2012 she final tabled the WSOP Ladies Event and finished in 4th place for $47,949.
But Prada-Moed is not the only woman left in the field. Also Kim Ng survived to play day 3, meaning we have a chance to see two women at the final table. Only one time before this summer, did we have two women at the same final table. It happened in Event #10: 10,000 Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, where Shirley Rosario and Melissa Burr both made it to the final nine. Kim Ng is in 7th place with 452,000 in chips going into day 3.
On top of the pyramid
Prada-Moed’s raise to the top began, when she was all in with a pair of nines after she hit a set on the flop. The start-of-the-day chip leader Jonathan Bodden called with ace-king, but even though he hit an ace on the river, it wasn’t enough.
In a hand against Nicolas Faure Prada-Moed had picked up kings and called Faure’s all in with . The board failed to improve Faure’s hand, and he was sent to the rail in 18th place, while Prada-Moed climbed further up the pyramid.
Just 20 minutes later Parda-Moed eliminated another player. According to the WSOP/PokerNews‘ blog the action began, when Jan Suchanek raised to 22,000 and Prada-Moed called out of the small blind. The flop brought the . Suchanek bet and Prada-Moed checked-raised for another 100,000 on top of the original bet. Suchanek shoved for more than 350,000 in chips with and Prada-Moed snap-called with . The turn was the and the river the . The hand gave Prada-Moed the chip lead with 16 players left, and with four more eliminations before the day concluded, she managed to stay on top.
Hot on her heels is Loren Klein, who finished runner-up in a PLO-event in 2010. Klein sits with 804,000 in chips. Will Angela Prada-Moed or Kim Ng be the new champion? We wish both players the best of luck.