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Marsha Wolak Wins 2011 WSOP Ladies Championship
Former real estate investor Marsha Wolak is the 2011 WSOP Ladies Champion, earning her first gold bracelet and $192,344.
Wolak defeated a field of 1,055 players, the vast majority of which were women.
“It’s a dream come true,” Wolak told the poker media following her victory.
Wolak began playing poker in earnest two years ago following the real estate downturn that was especially pronounced in her home state of Florida.
Taking advantage of recently relaxed live poker regulation in the state, Wolak was able to develop the skills that earned her almost $200,000 here in Las Vegas.
While most of the players in this event were women, a number of men made the decision to enter.
One even made the final table. Jonathan Epstein of Tustin, California finished ninth and was met with blanket disapproval from the assembled poker players and fans.
The WSOP has made it clear that while men are not forbidden from playing, it is frowned upon for male players to enter this event.
Last year Marsha Wolak played the Ladies Championship and was eliminated by one of the men playing the event.
“Last year was not the best experience,” said Wolak.
“I thought about not coming and not playing this year because it’s not all ladies.”
Wolak defeated Karina Jett to become the 2011 WSOP Ladies Champion.