Brandi Hawbaker burst into the poker world during the Festa al Lago tournament in October, also at Bellagio. The presence of an attractive young woman in the predominantly male-dominated world of poker was cause for plenty of attention, particularly when the woman in question happened to have a predilection for wearing revealing evening gowns and holding the chip lead in a tournament full of pros.
The chip lead evaporated, but the pictures survived, and Hawbaker became the talk of the poker world. She disappeared for a while after the Festa, appearing in Niagara Falls, Indiana, and Foxwoods but not playing in the tournaments. This week, however, she reappeared in a big way.
First it was simply her choice of attire for the first day of competition during the Joseph Hachem, Michael Mizrachi, and Daniel Negreanu are still in the hunt, as is Chip Reese, Cliff Josephy and Cyndy Violette, so Day 4's countdown to the final six should be as thrilling as an evening spent perusing the Brandi Hawbaker threads on your favorite internet poker forum. See you tomorrow.