PartyPoker Women's World Open airs Wednesday

Liz Lieu in Macau
Liz Lieu takes on ladies from around the world in the Women's World Open.

PartyPoker's first-ever all-female live event will make its television debut this week as Five in the United Kingdom and Ireland begins showing the Women's World Open Wednesday at 12:30 a.m.

Some of the world's best female poker players made up the 36-player field for the event. The more familiar names included Jennifer Tilly, Liz Lieu and Shannon Elizabeth.

Tilly has transitioned from Academy Award-nominated actress to a World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour ladies event champion in recent years. She told during the 2007 WSOP that her acting jobs now are often dictated by what poker tournaments she wants to play in.

Liz Lieu started off as a cash-game specialist and has been making a name for herself in the tournament arena these days. She was also one of the stars in the PartyPoker Premier League Poker series.

Actress Shannon Elizabeth is best known for her foreign exchange student role in American Pie, but she's now a regular on the poker tournament circuit. Her best accomplishment so far has been making the semi-finals of the NBC Heads-Up Championship.

Shannon Elizabeth does double duty in the tournament as a player and a commentator for the broadcast, the latter along with Jesse May.

While Tilly, Lieu and Elizabeth all come from the United States, there was a strong European contingent as well for the London event.

Among the challengers were Xuyen "Bad Girl" Pham, former PartyPoker World Open winner Pippa Flanders, European Ladies champion Jackie Meecham, Katherine Hartree, Jackie Vaswani, Deborah Rogers, Lucy Rokach, Beverly Pace, Jen Mason, Shelley Rubenstein, Maria Demetriou and Kara Scott.

"The line-up wasn't only one of the strongest ever assembled for a women's tournament in Europe, it was also one of the prettiest," said a PartyPoker spokesman.

The tournament was produced by Matchroom Sport and uses a similar format to the annual PartyPoker World Open. With its $3,000 buy-in, the 36 players were battling for a $108,000 prize pool, with the winner taking home $50,000.

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