WSOP Ladies Championship winner is determined
It took 157 hands of the WSOP Ladies Championship final day to find out the name of the women's tournament winner. Jiyoung Kim from South Korea won her first WSOP bracelet and received $167 300 for finishing first. The event was held in a new format with a starting stack of 20 000 chips and players were able to re-enter the tourney during the first 8 levels of the game.
This win was the largest one in Kim’s poker career. In total, the girl has17 times hit the prize zone of various live poker tournaments on her record according to the Hendon Mob website:
The female poker player dedicated her victory to her mother. Jiyoung is also going to give all the earned money to her:
«I’m giving it to my mom. All of it. She is always worried about me going overseas to play poker tournaments. I feel for her that’s why I will give it to her».
In the 3-max, it took the finalists about an hour to knock the Frenchwoman Sandrine Phan out of the game. The girl got $78 000 for the third place and left the girls to decide the fate of the gold bracelet, one-on-one. Jiyong Kim managed to beat Nancy Matson from the United States and win the main trophy.
In an interview, the Korean woman said that she has recently played Asian Circuit and the players there were much weaker than at the WSOP. Kim added that this time her play was not without a touch of luck and that she is not going to play expensive tournaments right away after the victory - the girl prefers to go through the satellite systems.
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It's interesting that no one famous female player like Gaelle Baumann, Maria Lampropulos (44th place), Katie Lindsay (40th place), Maria Ho (141st place), who also took part in the event, wasn't able to reach the final table.
WSOP Ladies Championship final table results:
- Jiyoung Kim (South Korea) – $167 300
- Nancy Matson (USA) – $103 300
- Sandrine Phan (France) – $78 800
- Tu Dao (Canada) – $52 000
- Lyly Vo (USA) – $37 600
- Lexy Gavin (USA) – $27 600
- Raylene Celaya (USA) – $20 500