There are a lot of firsts today. Firstly, it’s the first time the World Series of Poker Europe has taken place in Paris. Secondly, the first-ever Ladies Event at the WSOPE is set to enter the record books. Thirdly, it’s the first final table of the 2013 WSOPE.
When the €1,100 Ladies Event began at the Casino Enghein-en-Bains venue yesterday, there were 65 hopefuls looking to make it deep in a WSOPE event. However, by the time Day 1 was over only 8 players had survived.
There is a somewhat modest prize pool of €62,400 up for grabs and interestingly not all of the players at the final table are guaranteed a piece of that prize pool just yet. Only the top seven players will lock up at least €3,200 and keep themselves in contention for the €21,850 top prize.
Here is how the final eight line up:
Seat 1: Celine Bastian - 15,675
Seat 2: Maryline Valente - 35,725
Seat 3: Laurie Bismuth - 31,975
Seat 4: Jackie Glazier - 57,400
Seat 5: Anais Lerouge - 15,975
Seat 6: Nathalie Odet - 9,150
Seat 7: Gaelle Baumann - 4,500
Seat 8: Sherrill Lindsey - 25,625
Celine Bastian is a member of PokerStars France Team TV Stars and will start the final day of the Ladies Event around the middle of the pack. Over the last few years Bastian has managed dozens of cashes in tournaments mostly held throughout France. Bastian’s best result came last year when she collected €18,315 for winning a €600 NLHE side event at the WSOPE in Cannes.
As far as we can tell, France’s Maryline Valente only has one recorded tournament result on her record. The result happens to be in a ladies event, so Valente certainly knows what it is like to rumble in this sort of field. Valente starts the day second in chips.
Another French local, Laurie Bismuth was the quiet achiever on Day 1, managing to accumulate a hefty 31,975 in chips, which is good for the third largest stack. Like Valente, Bismuth has cashed in a ladies event before and is looking poised to do that here at the 2013 WSOP Europe.
Arguably the highest profile player in the entire field on Day 1 was Australia’s Jackie Glazier and now, on the final day, Glazier has a big chip lead. Glazier has already had a big 2013, finishing as the last lady standing in the WSOP Main Event and eventually placing 31st for a US$229,281 score. In total, Glazier has more than US$1 million in tournament results. Glazier finished 2nd in a WSOP $3,000 NLHE event in 2012 and will be looking to go one better and take home the gold today.
One of the more experienced players at the final table, Anais Lerouge will be looking to use that experience to keep the WSOPE Ladies bracelet on home soil. Lerouge has managed at least a dozen tournament results, with her largest being a 2nd place finish for €68,050 in the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event in 2010.
One of six French ladies at the final table, Nathalie Odet is seemingly one of the least experienced players remaining. Odet also happens to be one of the short stacks. In spite of this, we saw on Day 1 that Odet had the skills to make it this far and so she will be looking to run up her stack and go all the way.
France’s Gaelle Baumann famously finished as the last lady standing and in 10th place in the 2012 WSOP Main Event. Despite that result being worth US$590,442, Baumann was left wondering what could have been. Now, Baumann has a second chance at winning a WSOP gold bracelet. However, Baumann is the short stack with only a little over ten big blinds, so she will need to find some help early on the final day.
Along with Glazier, the USA’s Sherrill Lindsey is the only non-French player at the final table. Lindsey was visibly having fun at the felt on Day 1 and with one of the larger stacks at the final table, will surely be having some more fun today. Lindsey’s best recorded result was in January of this year when she finished 4th place for US$11,076 in a WSOP Circuit side event in Choctaw.
Regardless of what happens, later tonight is going to be an exciting moment as the inaugural WSOPE Ladies Event champion is crowned.
So, who will win the first WSOPE gold bracelet of 2013? Well, be sure to stay tuned to PokerListings to find out as we bring you all the live updates from 5.00pm local time.