Castaneda Earns Open Bracelet for Women at 2013 WSOP

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Dana Castaneda

Dana Castaneda become the first woman not named Vanessa Selbst to win an open WSOP event in over six years at the Rio in Las Vegas Tuesday night.

Castaneda, who works as a cocktail waitress in California, entered the final day of Event 54 $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em nearly last in chips and admitted she thought she’d be the first player out.

Instead she stormed back and then beat Canadian Jason Bigelow heads-up to claim the gold bracelet and $454,207 in cash. She outlasted a total of 2,883 players in the event.

“I was scared to even enter the ladies event because there were 900 players,” she said. “I can’t believe I outlasted close to 3,000 in this.

"It’s amazing. I don’t even know how to describe it.”

It was an incredible turn of events for Castaneda. Perhaps even more amazing was the fact that Castaneda’s grandmother, who passed away last week, told her she would win a bracelet at the 2013 WSOP.

“She was my inspiration to win this tournament,” she said. “We were super close. This win is 100% for her.”

Castaneda Victory Breaks Up Selbst Dominance at WSOP

The victory came just one day after Loni Harwood’s bid to become the first open bracelet winner of the summer ended in fourth place.

Vanessa Selbst is the only woman who has won bracelets in open events over the last six years. She won in 2008 and 2012. Before that Katja Thater won in 2007.

Castaneda took down one of the biggest prizes of the summer at $454,207 but she doesn’t plan on quitting her day job at Morongo Casino in California.

“All my co-workers are going to be floored when they see the bracelet,” she said. “They didn’t even know I was going to play this tournament.”

Here are the final-table payouts for Event 54:

  • 1st:  Dana Castaneda - $454,207
  • 2nd: Jason Bigelow - $281,991
  • 3rd:  Matthias Bednarek - $198,883
  • 4th:  Michael Zucchet - $143,642
  • 5th:  Philippe Clerc - $105,007
  • 6th:  Barry Hutter - $77,685
  • 7th:  Jacob Bazeley - $58,147
  • 8th:  Joseph Wertz - $44,032
  • 9th:  Kenneth Gregersen - $33,731
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