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Jan Fisher wins LPA event
The Ladies Poker Association Pro Tour has reeled in another winner as Jan Fisher toppled a 63-player field Aug. 5 at the Cherokee Casino.
Fisher, who started her poker career in the late 70s, has deep roots in the poker industry. She started out as a dealer after moving to Las Vegas from Seattle, Wash., and then moved on to semi-professional play and management.
She already has two final-table finishes in Ladies Events at the World Series of Poker along with several cashes in other events, including winning the Ladies Event of the Scotty Nguyen Poker Challenge at the Cherokee Casino in May this year.
That experience helped her make her way to a $11,622 win last weekend at the LPA Pro Tour event.
Once play got down to the final table, Fisher was still up against some pretty stiff competition, including her Card Player Cruises partner, Linda Johnson.
"The LPA Tournament is an exciting event. The LPA wasn't kidding when they said, 'Serious Women. Serious Poker,'" said Rick O'Connell, Cherokee director of table games.
"The ladies were quite aggressive with their plays. We didn't see anyone who was afraid to get their chips all-in."
Even though there was joking and laughter at the final table, these women meant business, and the first eight hands were all-ins. Fisher even looked over at Johnson and said, "I'd love to bust you out."
Johnson did go out in eighth place while Fisher went on to the win.
The final table results were as follows:
|Place||Name ||Hometown ||Prize |
|1st ||Jan Fisher ||Las Vegas ||$11,622 |
|2nd ||Cheryl Baugus ||Sand Springs, Okla. ||$6,683 |
|3rd ||Kristi Hicks ||Tulsa, Okla. ||$3,487 |
|4th ||Judy Raney||Broken Arrow, Okla.||$2,034 |
|5th ||Denita Fey ||Clinton, Okla. ||$1,598 |
|6th ||Amey Waters ||Ochelata, Okla. ||$1,307 |
|7th ||Loriann Woods ||Claremore, Okla. ||$1,017 |
|8th ||Linda Johnson ||Las Vegas ||$726 |
|9th ||Sarah Mullenix ||Weatherford, Okla. ||$526 |
"Everyone is great here," Fisher said. "I love it. Cherokee has been great to me."
Along with her first-place finish in the Scotty Nguyen Challenge Ladies event, she also placed second in an event at the Cherokee during the Oklahoma State Championship of Poker.
For her win, Fisher also received an all-expense paid trip and seat to the LPA's Pro Tour $1,000 buy-in event in Los Angles at the Bicycle Casino Aug. 18 and 19.
As part of a deal, she handed the trip over to runner-up Cheryl Baugus instead. The winner f the Bicycle event will play in the televised World Poker Tour Ladies Night on Aug. 31.