The ladies came out to adorn the tables of the 2013 WSOP and enjoy the discounted buy-in price of $1,000 in Event #51 $10,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em Championship. The prizepool swelled to $858,600 built by 954 of poker's finest and all had their sights set on a bracelet, bragging rights, and the first place cash prize. Kristen Bicknell took down the event and brought home the whole experience of a WSOP first-ever bracelet.
Nine players returned on Sunday for the official final table and it took only 17 hands for the first player to bust — Cindy Kerslake — and set the final table.
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Heads-up play came down to Kristen Bicknell and Leanne Haas and lasted only seven hands, but took almost 40 minutes. Both players were nearly even in stacks but Bicknell grabbed a quick lead. And when both players flopped top pair, it was all over.
Bicknell raised to 40,000 and Haas called. Haas checked when the hit the board and Bicknell bet 50,000. Haas called and checked the turn. Bicknell bet 130,000, Haas raised to 280,000, and Bicknell made the call. The finished board and Haas moved all-in for 627,000 and Bicknell called.
Bicknell's ace kicker ironed out the end of the event and left Haas in 2nd place.
Kristen Bicknell won $173,922 and her first career WSOP bracelet. Her win puts the Canadian players at 10 bracelets in this year’s World Series; (11, including Daniel Negreanu’s WSOP Asia Pacific Main Event). Before 2013, In the entire history of the WSOP, Canadian players had only won 34 bracelets, but that number is up to 45 after Sunday's score.
Lynn Gilmartin talks to Kristen after her triumph:
If you are trying to put together how a $10,000 buy-in could yield a prizepool of $858,600 with that many players, take a reading here.
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