WSOP Main Event: The Greatest Poker Event of the Year Kicks Off Today


At 12 p.m. today the quest to become the next World Poker Champion begins. Last year 6,683 players entered the $10,000 Main Event. On Tuesday, when the last of three starting flights are in the books, we will know how many showed up this year.

Let’s hope the 2015 edition of the Main Event will see a woman make the final table. Only Barbara Enright has been able to go this deep, when she finished in 5th place back in 1995. In 2012 French player Gaëlle Baumann and Norway’s Elisabeth Hille were as close as you can get to the final table, but unfortunately they were eliminated on the final table bubble in 11th (Hille) and 10th (Baumann) place.

Last year Maria Ho was last woman standing – again. In 2007, the year Jerry Yang won, she finished in 38th place out of 6,358 runners for $237,865, and in 2014 she made it to 77th place for a $85,812 paycheck.

In the last couples of days Twitter has been busy with players arranging last longer bets. Cate Hall has taken charge of arranging a $500 last longer bet for female players, and a stacked field of top players have taken up the challenge: the 2015 Ladies Event Champion Jackie ScottEsther Taylor-Brady, Danielle AndersenCherish Andrews, Xuan Liu, Natasha BarbourRachel Kranz, Marsha Wolak, Jessica DawleyAbbey Daniels, Kelly Minkin, Amanda Musumeci, Loni HarwoodMelanie Weisner, Kitty Kuo, and of course Cate Hall herself.

PokerWomenNews hope to see at least one woman at the Main Event final table this year. Who do you think have the best chance of making poker history?

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