Event #57: $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship (with a $9,000 discount for women), drew a total of 696 entries. The bubble burst at the very end of the day. 104 ladies made the money for a min-cash worth $1,497 and are still in the run for the top prize of $130,230 and the WSOP gold after 10 levels of play.
The bubble lasted for over 40 minutes and Tiffany Michelle and Karen Xiyo busted at the same time to split for $748 each.
Several players were vying for the chip lead in the last couple levels of the night, but it was Mesha James who finished the day at the top with a stack of 130,200. James stayed with a comfortable stack for most of the day and grabbed the chip lead during the hand-for-hand stage, winning a massive pot with pocket eights. With $70,072 total in live tournaments earnings, James has locked up the third WSOP cash of her career and put herself in prime position for a deep run.
She is followed by other big stacks, such as Alexis Sterner (85,700) and Tara Snow (81,400). Some notables names made their way into Day 2 such Danielle Andersen (56,500), Lacey Jones (50,700), Melanie Weisner (47,000), Kristy Arnett (38,500) and Gaelle Baumann (37,000).
Heidi May, the reigning champion, was left with crumbs after an unfortunate hand after the beginning of the day. She managed to climb back a bit but got eliminated after the dinner break. Other familiar names were spotted in the field but didn’t find a bag at the end of the day. Among them, Jamie Kerstetter, Oanh Bui, Jennifer Shahade, Carol Fuchs, Ana Marquez, Samantha Abernathy, Sofia Lovgren, Muskan Sethi and Vivian Saliba.
The 104 remaining players will restart on Friday at noon local time to play ten more levels. There will be a 15 minutes break every two levels and a 60 minutes break after the sixth level (≈ 6:30 p.m.).
The PokerNews live reporting team will be providing coverage from the tournament floor until a winner is crowned on Saturday, so stay tuned for updates.
With 106 players left, two players busted on the money bubble splitting the $1,497 min-cash.
On the first table, the player under the gun opened to 2,000. Tamar Abraha, in middle position called, along with the hijack and Tiffany Michelle on the cutoff.
The flop came and was checked around to the turn. The original raiser, Abraha, and the hijack checked. Michelle bet 4,500. The original raiser folded. Abraha raised shoved for 34,000. The hijack folded. Michelle went deep into the tank, but proceeded to make the call. Abraha showed and Michelle showed . The river completed the board and Michelle was eliminated.
According to the chatter at the second table, Weiyi Mo raised to 1,600 under the gun and Karen Xiyo on the button three-bet to 5,000. The flop came . Mo shoved and Xiyo went deep into the tank but ended up calling putting at risk her last 5,000. Xiyo showed and Mo revealed . The turn and river completed the board giving Mo her flush to eliminate Xiyo on the bubble.
Melanie Weisner opened from the cutoff and Marcelina Iaquinto three-bet on the button. The action folded back to Weisner who four-bet and called the all-in shove from Iaquinto for a stack worth 27,000.
Weisner had the dominating hand, holding , against for Iaquinto, but the board gave the latter a straight and the double up.
Weisner slipped down to 17,000 after that hand as the bubble is approaching.