In event 17, the $1k Ladies No-Limit Hold'em World Championship, we saw Sally Anne Boyer duke it out with the likes of Vanessa Selbst and Team PokerStars' Katja Thater. When I say that we saw this happen, understand I am speaking in figurative terms only.
Yet another hidden final table, playing out behind a massive wall of dividers and guarded by a constantly replenished supply of surly and deathly serious security guards, the Ladies event was witnessed only on a display set up in the hall outside the tournament room, all on a one hour delay of course.
Strangely, the live web stream of this particular final table was offered to viewers worldwide for free, unlike the $49.99 fee that is charged for every other event being broadcast via the "Interweb" I've heard so much about.
Now I understand that the Ladies event may not be viewed as the equal of all the open events here at the WSOP but giving it away for free does seem to diminish its value.
Isolation and patronizingly free giveaways aside, the ladies took their tournament seriously, with Sally Anne Boyer dispatching some tough competition on her way to victory.
As it turned out though, neither of the two pros would be able to go the distance, both falling by the wayside before heads-up play was reached. It came down to Boyer and her opponent, Anne Heft, going toe to toe for the bracelet and the first place cash.
Heft began the match with an almost two to one chip lead but Boyer was able to regain an even keel in a surprisingly short period of time. Ramping up the aggression and pushing her opponent around with frequent all-in moves, Boyer pulled even and surpassed Heft.
On the final hand of the match the money went in with Heft's tournament life on the line. Sally was a big dog, with K♦ 2♠ to Heft's K♠ T♠. The flop came 5♠ 4♣ 3♦, adding a slew of outs to her lowly deuce, and although she was looking for the straight to take down the tournament, it was the 2♠ on the river that did it.
Sally actually won her buy-in to this event by taking down a fifty person tournament over at the Golden Nugget. She participated in the first ever WSOP Academy and apparently the tutelage of some of the best female players in poker paid off as she turned her initial buy-in into more than $260,000.
The other final table we saw conclude was in Event 18, the $5k Limit Hold'em World Championship. Saro Getzoyan finished off Geoff Sanford during heads-up play to take down his first bracelet and more than $330,000!
After finishing off this blog I will be going to join Saro and a few friends at one of Vegas's choicest celebratory establishments.