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2008 WSOP Day 12: Ladies night
Three different final tables begin play today, but only one is testosterone free and a World Championship event - the $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em World Championship.
The event has a long history in the World Series of Poker and the ladies at the table aren't to be taken lightly. Let's take a look at how the final table is going in that event as well as two other final tables running today.
Final-table play for the $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em World Championship began at about 2:30 p.m., with nine women ready to win a bracelet. Leading the way was Svetlana Gromenkova, who had the chip lead when play began.
She continues to hold the lead as two players have been eliminated. Sue Porter, a 54-year-old player from Houston, Texas, was the first player to be unseated.
On Porter's final hand, Roz Quarto raised to $42,000, getting a call from Marla Crumpler and from Porter. The flop brought A♥ K♠ 5♥ and all three players checked to see a 7♠ fall on the turn.
Quarto then moved all-in and Crumpler folded while Porter called. Porter tabled A♣ 7♣ to Quarto's A♦ K♣. The river brought an 8♥ and Porter walked away with ninth place.
Yesenia Garcia, a 26-year-old single mom from Modesta, Calif., was the next to hit the rail. Garcia is a full-time student and this is her second year in the WSOP, though this will be her first cash.
She went out on Hand 34, which got started with Crumpler raising to $38,000, and Garcia moved all-in for $59,000.
Crumpler called and flipped over A♦ J♦ to Garcia's A♣ T♣. The flop brought J♣ 9♠ 8♣ to give Crumpler a pair and a flush draw and a straight draw.
The turn was the 2♦ and the river the T♠, giving Garcia no more help.
Read more of the action in the Live Tournament section.
There's still a whole lot of poker left to play in the $2,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better event. After failing to bring the field down to the final nine on Monday, 18 players returned to battle at 3 p.m. today.
Less than two hours later, seven players have already been eliminated, leaving two more to go before the official final table can begin play.
A PokerListings favorite, Jimmy Fricke, helped get the action started when he doubled up on the very first hand of the final table.
Fricke and Michael Reed got involved in a series of raises and reraises pre-flop, which resulted in Fricke finally just going all-in. When Reed called, Fricke showed A♦ A♥ J♥ 6♥ to Reed's A♣ 9♣ 3♥ 4♥.
The board came K♠ Q♦ 4♦ K♥ 2♠, leaving Fricke safe with his aces and crippling Reed.
Check out all the happenings in the live updates for this event.
The second shootout event of the 2008 WSOP got under way on Monday and is playing its final table already today. Play began at 2 p.m., and so far two players have been eliminated.
Casey Coleman was the first out after getting into a hand with Mike Schwartz. Schwartz made a $60,000 pre-flop raise and Coleman called, leaving himself $3,000 in chips, and Matt Giannetti called behind him as well.
The three of them saw a 7♣ 3♠ 7♦ flop, and Schwartz bet again. Coleman called all-in and Giannetti folded. Schwartz showed 8♣ 8♠ against Coleman's A♥ Q♠, and when the turn and the river brought J♥ T♥, Coleman had to say his goodbyes.
Ninth-place position went to Alexander Triner after he ran into John Strzemp III. Strzemp had raised pre-flop, and Triner moved all-in over top of him. He hoped his pocket jacks would be strong enough for the win, but Strzemp had him covered with pocket queens and the board had nothing to spare for Triner.
The players left to keep an eye on are Matthew Giannetti, Thomas West, Rory Monahan, Kyle Bowker, John Strzemp III, Mike Schwartz, Sergey Rybachenko and Jason Young. See how they're doing in the live updates in the Live Tournament section.
Other action happening today at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino includes the continuation of Event 18, $5,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball with Rebuys, plus Event 19, $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha, which started at noon, and the start of Event 20, $2,000 Limit Hold'em, at 5 p.m.
Check out all the juice PokerListings has added to tournament coverage this year with videos, interviews, photos, repots and more in the 2008 WSOP Live Tournaments section.