Musumeci Leads Women at 2011 Main Event

Amanda Musumeci
Amanda Musumeci

Under 5% of the 2011 Main Event field is female but that doesn’t make poker pro Amanda Musumeci any less dangerous.

The former Bodog pro built a massive stack on her starting day of the tournament and continues to dominate with 190k chips after the second break of Day 2.

“So far it’s been a pretty smooth ride,” she said. “I was down to 25k in the first level of the tournament but I’ve just skyrocketed up since then.”

Musumeci, originally from Philadelphia but now residing in Las Vegas, built her bankroll playing online MTTs.

After becoming a fearsome online player she transitioned into live tournaments. Musumeci admitted it was a struggle at first.

“Last year I played like 15 live events and I went 0-15,” she said. “This is my second year playing a full-time WSOP schedule. I’ve made a lot of adjustments and I feel much more comfortable.”

Musumeci also got her first taste of success earlier this year when she finished 11th in the WPT Hollywood Poker Open in Indiana. She said the score really boosted her self-esteem in 10k tournaments.

As one of the few females in the Main Event Musumeci is aware there has not been a female at the final table of the Main Event since 1995. It’s a situation she would like to rectify in 2011.

“I think it’s about time it happens actually,” she said. “It’s been a long time coming, People have been talking about it for years. There are so many good female poker players these days.”

She admitted the odds are not exactly in their favor, however, as only 3.5% of the field is female.

Last year Breeze Zuckerman was the last woman standing but she only made it to 121st place.

“Hopefully I can represent the women and take us there,” she laughed.

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