Ladies Take Center Stage at Women's World Open

Liz Lieu

The wait is finally over and the first ever PartyPoker Women's World Open is upon us in London. Starting today, the event will run until Friday, and the field is no walk in the park as organizers are touting it as the strongest ever assembled for female poker in Europe.

The event will include many accomplished female players but all eyes will be on Los Angeles poker pro Liz Lieu as Party Gaming's online bookmaker,, has made Lieu the 6/1 favorite to win.

"Liz is one of the most fearsome players in the world and her performances at the PartyPoker Premier League mean we had to make her favorite," said a spokesman.

"The U.K.'s Katherine Hartree is not far behind. Over the last couple of years Katherine has been one of the most consistent female poker players in Europe and she has the knowledge and experience in this format."

Perhaps most famous for finishing fifth in her very first World Series of Poker event, Lieu has gone on to become one of the most recognizable players in the game.

Although the 2007 WSOP was somewhat disappointing for Lieu, she did manage to cash in the $5,000 Limit tournament and the $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em tournament. At the Women's World Open Lieu will attempt to re-establish herself as one of the most dominant female players in the game.

Hartree, meanwhile, made a name for herself by placing 150th in the 2006 WSOP Main Event winning $47,006 in the process. Since then Hartree has been a force on the European poker circuit cashing numerous times.

Lieu and Hartree won't be the only big-name players participating. Actor/poker players' Jennifer Tilly and Shannon Elizabeth will both be playing and looking to win it all.

The tournament is PartyPoker's first ever all-female event and will be produced by Matchroom Sport. The format will be similar to the one used at the PartyPoker World Open. There will be 36 players from around the world competing for a shared prize-pool of $108,000. The buy-in for the event will be $3,000 while first place will be $50,000.

There are plenty of talented challengers taking part in the event including Xuyen "Bad Girl" Pham, former PartyPoker World Open winner Pippa Flanders, European Ladies champion Jackie Meecham, Jackie Vanswani, Deborah Rogers, Jen Mason and more.

The event will be televised in the United Kingdom later this year with Elizabeth and Jesse May providing the commentary.

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