Selbst captures Commerce WPTL event

Vanessa Selbst
Vanessa Selbst claims first place in the second WPT Ladies tournament.

The $1,000 buy-in ensured that there would be a strong contingent of women battling for the crown. Evidently a recent California court decision had limited impact on the composition of the field.

On Jan. 18, the California judiciary determined that "women only" events were discriminatory against males and that any cardroom running an event could not keep men out if they wanted to play.

At the Commerce, one man stepped up to take on the ladies on the felt, but he was eliminated from the action in the early going.

Eighty-two players came to the tables for action midafternoon on Saturday, some very strong contenders among them. Vanessa Selbst
Montclair, N.J.
$26,500
2nd
Erica Schoenberg
Las Vegas, Nev.
$14,690
3rd
Crystal Osgood
Spring Valley, Calif.
$10,920
4th
Christina Hung
San Francisco, Calif.
$7,800
5th
Jana Delacerra
Northridge, Calif.
$5,850
6th
Danise Aaron
Los Angeles, Calif.
$4,290
7th
Katrina Lim
Orange, Calif.
$3,380
8th
Carol Neal
Provincetown, Mass.
$2,600
9th
Julie Le
Huntington Beach, Calif.
$1,950

In honor of the charitable organization the WPT Ladies promotes, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, players sported pink bracelets given out by the WPT to promote and encourage donations to the WPTL official charity partner.

With the end of the second WPT Ladies event, female players will now be looking to the Bay 101 Casino in San Jose for the third stop on the tour at the Shooting Star in March.

The fourth tournament on the schedule takes place at Foxwoods in March.

The current season of the WPTL wraps up in April with the WPT Ladies Championship Event, a $1,500 buy-in on the schedule of the Five Star World Poker Classic at the Bellagio. The final table for that event will be taped on April 25 for broadcast on the WPT's new television partner, GSN.

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