Moutinho Takes Last Woman Standing Honors at WSOP

Erika Moutinho
Erika Moutinho

Erika Moutinho became the latest female player to take Last Woman Standing honors at the 2011 WSOP Main Event last night.

Moutinho, a 25-year-old originally from Easton, CT, but now residing in Las Vegas, entered Day 6 as one of three women left in the 6,865-player tournament.

Poker pros Claudia Crawford and Amanda Musumeci were eliminated in the later stages of the day, which officially made Moutinho the last female in the 2011 Main Event.

“It’s pretty exciting,” she said. “I feel really accomplished but at the same time I’m playing for the same thing that everyone else is. I want to win it.”

Moutinho has worked for the last year as a life coach and consultant for poker players but earlier this summer recorded her first cash at the WSOP in a $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event.

Although Moutinho tried to play down the importance of being the last woman in the tournament, she had to admit it was a definite honor to join the exclusive club.

“I’m trying not to think about it in terms of girls versus boys,” she said. “It’s pretty cool nonetheless.”

It’s been well over a decade since the last female (Barbara Enright in 1995) made the Main Event final table.

Annie Duke bubbled the final table in 2000 and Tiffany Michelle finished 17th in the 2008 edition of the tournament. Beyond Duke and Michelle, no female player has come close.

And there has also never been a female player in the November Nine, which the WSOP implemented in 2008.

“I’m surprised but at the same time I’m not just because the number of women who enter the Main Event is so low,” she said.

“There are a lot of great female players out there but not a lot of them play live. Quite a few just don’t have the confidence to enter live events.”

Against all odds, Moutinho’s boyfriend David “Doc” Sands, who taught her how to play poker, is still in the tournament as of Day 7.

The pair has even shared tables at certain points of the tournament. She mentioned it was a huge advantage to have Sands still in the event.

“It’s great because we can support each and talk strategy on the breaks,” she said.

If Sands and Moutinho were to make the November Nine, which doesn’t take place until Nov. 5, they would be the first couple to ever do so.

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