Event #22: $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship

Official Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

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Chip Counts listed as "1" are players who did not report.

La Sengphet us 148,500
Svetlana Gromenkova us 70,100
Wooka Kim 65,200
Stacy Matuson-Taylor 65,100
Linda Johnson us 64,400
Faithful Lo 62,700
Liv Boeree gb 57,700
Kami Chisholm 55,600
Evelyn Ng us 55,200
Kandis Harris 54,900
Lisa Teebagy 54,000
April Jorgensen 52,900
Denise Molloy us 52,900
Angela Pellegrino 49,100
Nguyn Dang 47,400
Kima Kimura 41,500
Leeann Ball 41,000
40,600
A Ram Hong 39,600
Claudia Crawford 38,000
Allison Schultz us 37,800
Bonnie Overfield 36,000
Xuan Liu ca 35,400
Khamsy Nuanmanee 33,700
Sidsel Boesen 33,200

That's a Wrap!

La Sengphet - Chip Leader
La Sengphet - Chip Leader

We saw 1,054 women hit the felt today. It was six fewer than we had last year, but it was an excited and fun bunch. When the clock finally stopped after ten levels of play we were down to just 138 of our original group.

A number of today's participants are well known inside poker and elsewhere. Vanessa Selbst, Vanessa Rousso, Lauren Kling, Erica Schoenberg, Jennifer Tilly, Leo Margets, Veronica Dabul, JJ Liu, Nichoel Peppe, Amanda Thomas, Kristy Arnett, Lynn Gilmartin, Elaine Chaivarlis, Fatima de Melo, Kathy Liebert, Thuy Doan, Tiffany Michelle, Maridu Mayrinck, Cheryl Hines and Shannon Elizabeth all showed up, but none of them would live to see day two.

La Sengphet took the chip lead after about eight levels of play and held onto it through the rest of the night, finishing with 148,500. However, she has her work cut out for her as 2008 champ Svetlana Gromenkova (70,100), Evelyn Ng (55,200), Liv Boeree (57,700), Jessica Welman (24,500) and Lacey Jones (17,500) are also in the hunt.

It's a tough field, and they're all going to be gunning for the top prize of $192,232

Make sure to check out PokerNews tomorrow at 2:30 pm local time to catch all the live coverage of Day 2 action including rivered flushes, turned straights and flopped sets!

Six More Hands

There are ten minutes left in the level and the floor staff has announced that each table will play six more hands and then the players will bag up their chips.

So Long Shannon

Shannon Elizabeth
Shannon Elizabeth

Shannon Elizabeth has just been eliminated from the tournament by Svetlana Gromenkova. Under the gun, Gromenkova raised and the short-stacked Elizabeth shoved from the button. The blinds folded and Gromenkova called with {A-Clubs}{K-Spades}, leading Elizabeth's {A-}{5-}.

The board ran out {2-}{3-}{K-}{7-}{x} and Elizabeth was sent to the rail.

Gromenkova is hovering around the 90,000 chip mark.

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La Sengphet Knocks Out Alexia Portal, Soars Past 100k

La Sengphet is our first player to breach the 100,000 chips mark. When we arrived at the hand that did it, she had just called a Alexia Portal's all in bet for about 12,000. A player acting behind Sengphet also made the call.

The flop came {3-Hearts}{k-Spades}{3-Diamonds} and Sengphet fired a bet into the pot. The other player involved mucked.

Sengphet: {k-Clubs}{q-Clubs}
Portal: {j-Hearts}{10-Spades}

Sengphet's hand remained good through the {7-Spades} on the turn as well as the {3-Spades} on the river. The hand has put Sengphet comfortably into the chip lead.

Tags: Alexia PortalLa Sengphet

Gromenkova's Stack Growing

Svetlana Gromenkova
Svetlana Gromenkova

She's been toward the top of the leader board all day and that does not appear to be changing any time soon. Svetlana Gromenkova is up to roughly 90,000 after this hand.

The final board read {J-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{A-Hearts} and Gromenkova's {7-Spades}{7-Clubs} defeated an opponent's {Q-Spades}{Q-Hearts}. Gromenkova stacked her latest victim's chips and is among the biggest, if not the biggest, stacks in the room.

Tags: Svetlana Gromenkova

Killer Wave, Bro

Over at Table 18, a player in early position went all in and got called by a player calling herself Wave. Meanwhile, the player on the button shoved overtop. Wave made the call, costing her only 300 more for a pot with over 6,000 chips in it.

Wave: {a-Hearts}{7-Hearts}
Early Position: {a-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}
Button: {A-Spades}{2-Hearts}

Wave didn't think she'd be as far ahead as she was. The board ran {4-Spades}{q-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{8-Diamonds}. Despite a small sweat on the turn, Wave came away the victor.

Short Stacks Sucking Out

As we made out way through the tables we saw a couple of short stacks hit miracle turns and rivers to keep their tournament dreams alive as we near the conclusion of play for the evening, and perhaps most importantly, the money bubble.

On the first hand we had {a-Diamonds}{k-Hearts} up against {q-}{k-}. When the board ran out {j-Spades}{j-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}, the king-high straight came out ahead.

Not long afterwards, we saw {10-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} best {q-Clubs}{q-Spades} as the cards came {10-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{a-Spades}.