The World Series of Poker is off to a great start and the women have shown up to show the world that poker is no longer a man's game. A woman has not won a bracelet since the 2008 WSOP whene Vanessa Selbst took it all in event 19, the $1,500 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha championship but several women have stepped onto the felt in the last few days to make everyone stand up and take notice.
Runner-up the casino employees event, Patricia Baker of Little Torch Key, FL was the first to nearly break the string of all male gold bracelet winners. In the final hand of the first event of the 2012 WSOP, Baker turned a straight but was beaten by Chiab Saechao's rivered flush. She took home a nice consolation prize of $43,754.
In a bit of irony, Vanessa Selbst also had the chance to break the streak in Event 2 of the series, the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Event.Vanessa ended her plight to her second bracelet when brought Vanessa Selbst close to her second bracelet. Selbst had a roller coaster ride of ups and downs but ended the tournament in a respectable 4th place for a gain of $161,345.
Still in the running for a bracelet is Annette Obrestad. Annette is the only woman standing in event 3, a new addition to the WSOP, the $3,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha event. 317 players tried their hand and only 8 remain to play 3 more matches to name a winner of the coveted WSOP bracelet. Annette won her first bracelet at the WSOP Europe Main Event in 2007 and is looking to win her first bracelet in the US.
Event 4: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better still has four women vying to take over the torch and bring home the bracelet. Xuan Liu has amassed a chip stack of 330,500 and holds on to the lead in the 23 player field. Linda Johnson islooking to take her second bracelet and will start day three in sixth position with 175,000 in chips. Marsha Waggoner is also in the running. She comes into day three with $77,500. Bonnie Rossi rounds out the four-some of women 16th in chips.
Best of luck to all the ladies playing in this years WSOP wishing you all good cards and great flops!!