WSOP Event #52 and Event #53 - $2,500 Mixed Hold'em and WSOP $1,000 Ladies NLHE

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2011. July 06.
The 52nd and 53rd Events ended, <strong>Matt Matros</strong> won the <em>$2,500 Mixed Hold'em Event </em>for $303,501 and <strong>Marsha Wolak</strong> the <em>$1,000 Ladies NLHE Event</em> for $192,344. As last year, many males entered the ladies event, which caused major upheaval amongst other players.
Matt Matros won the $2,500 Mixed Hold'em event; he bested 8 players to take down his bracelet and the $303,501 first prize. The chipcounts were the following:

WSOP Event # 52 Stacks

The first player elminated came to be Adam Sanders, who was followed by Aalok Arora and Noah Boeken, a Dutch pro. On the 23rd blind level, Brian Smith also left the table, his pocket sixes proved to be insufficient against Jonathan Lane's pocket sevens on a dry board.

Brandon Meyers followed suit soon, after losing many Limit pots, he dropped bact to being short-stacked; and he was eventually eliminated in a no limit hand.

Matt Hawrilenko
Matt Hawrilenko

The heads-up was set with the elimination of Matt Hawrilenko, he finished 3rd after his two pairs turned out to be weak against Matros' flush. The heads-up began with the chiplead of Matt Matros and lasted for a little more than an hour.

Matt Matros - 3.250.000
Jonathan Lane - 1.100.000


Jonathan Lane couldn't overcome his handicap, Matros slowly took all his chips, in the final hand Lane went all-in with his remaining 850,000 to Matros' 65,000 open, Matros called.

Lane: {#}J {#}T
Matros: {#}A {#}T

Board:
{#}Q {#}Q {#}5 {#}4 {#}4

Matt Matros

Matros took down his second WSOP title with ace high.

Final results:

WSOP Event # 52 Final Results



The $1,000 Ladies NLHE was again an event that was surrounded by much controversy, just like it was last year.  1,055 players registered for the event, growing the prize pool to $949,500. Many well-known female poker celebrities took part in the tournament like Kara Scott, Karina Jett, Jennifer Tilly, Cyndy Violette, Evelyn Ng, Gloria Balding, Leo Margets, Vanessa Selbst, Liv Boeree, Almira Skripchenko, Linda Johnson, Barbara Enrigh, Erica Schoenberg, Amanda Baker, Veronica Dabul, Lisa Hamilton and Maria Ho. But not just women, men also entered the event. Some as a joke, some as a real opportunity to win serious money. Of course this raised some eyebrows amongst the pros, many well-known people in the poker industry raised their voices on twitter that day:

Ladyboys at the WSOP

Kevin Mathers
"Two guys at table 104 for ladies event"

Kevin Mathers
"btw, the tilt i'm referring to is just personal issues. why guys would want to play a ladies event is beyond me, but that's their issue."

Liv Boeree
"Playing the ladies event. Should be a fun event except for I now have "it's raining men" in my head. What I just witnessed is indescribable."

Lex Veldhuis
"Again I wish a lot of misery and 2 outters on every dude that entered the Ladies Event. Good luck to the other players ^^"

Daniel Negreanu
"There is something wrong with the law if we can't keep men out of ladies events and something even more wrong with the men who play them."

The event boiled down to the 9-handed final table by the 3rd day after Laura Desantis, Mafalda Lopes, Karen Fisher, Amanda Baker and Amanda Sizemore were eliminated. One male, Jonathan Epstein also made it to the final table, making his appearance harder to consider a joke. He was the first to be eliminated, which the crowd awarded with a round of applause. He might have won $13,701, but from now on he will surely be ridiculed and messed with at the poker tables.

WSOP Event # 53 Stacks

Half an hour later, the ladies pumped up the action, the shortstack Katherine Stahl went pre-flop all-in with her 61,000, Carol Tomlinson called, but Genevieve Gloutnez raised all-in to $332,000. Tomlinson snapcalled.

Stahl: {#}5 {#}5
Gloutnez: {#}Q {#}Q

Board:
{#}J {#}6 {#}5 {#}9 {#}7

Stahl doubled up with a set, Tomlinson won the side pot, Gloutnez was out. Soon Jennifer Cowan, Katherine Stahl,  Peg Ledman and Valerie McColligan lost their stacks.

The heads-up was set as Wolak eliminated Tomlinson with a pair of jacks. The final clash was preceded by a short break. Soon enough, however, the event ended on the 24th blind level. Karina Jett raised to 60,000, Wolak called. The flop came {#}Q {#}J {#}8 , Wolak checked, Jett bet 70,000. Wolak raised all-in, Jett called.

Jett: {#}K {#}T
Wolak: {#}Q {#}9

Turn:
{#}T
River: {#}3

Marsha Wolak won the tournament with a straight.

Marsha Wolak

The American Wolak took down her biggest tournament prize ever, she won many smaller regional tournaments so far.

WSOP Event # 54 Final Results

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