It would take 36 events before the first female bracelet winner Farhintaj Bonyadi emerged at this year’s WSOP. Bonyadi outlasted 2,190 players to capture the coveted bracelet and the massive first place prize of $311,451.
The $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Event kicked off four days ago, and was scheduled as a three-day event. But as heads-up play between Farhintaj Bonyadi and Robert Beach went on the event was prolonged for one more day.
Going into the final day of play Robert Beach was the absolute chip leader with 9,010,000 in chips vs. Bonyadi’s 1,975,000. The heads-up battle on Day 4 lasted 113 hands, and none of the players seemed to be in a hurry to end the match. Instead they both played rather cautious, limping and checking a lot. Nevertheless Bonyadi slowly chipped up, and the players were fairly even in chips after about 80 hands. At this point Bonyadi was beginning to play more aggressive and putting pressure on her opponent.
In the final hand and on a board of Bonyadi shoved the river. Beach elected to call with only to see Bonyadi turn over the for a rivered straight to the eight.
Huge congrats to Farhintaj Bonyadi on this impressive accomplishment. Poker success literally runs in the family as Farhintaj Bonyadi is the mother of three-time bracelet winner Farzad Bonyadi who was cheering his mother on from the rail.
The six-figure score is by far the largest cash Farhintaj Bonyadi’s career. She recorded her first cash in 1997 when she took 55th place of a $55 Limit Hold’em tournament for $2,427. In 2012 she was runner-up in a $235 Rio Daily Deepstacks for $35,992. With this huge boost to her bankroll let’s hope we will see much more of Farhintaj Bonyadi in the future.
2006 UK Ladies Open Poker Champion Linda Iwaniak finished in 4th place of the event and took home $103,215 to England for her deep run.
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