Dana Castaneda shook the dust out of the poker history archives at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino on Tuesday. Vanessa Selbst has long been the only woman to win an open event at the WSOP (Selbst took home her first bracelet in 2008 and won another one in 2012) but that all changed when Castaneda took down Event 54 $1,000 No Limit Hold'em.
Castaneda worked her way through a major field of 2,883 runners and claimed her first bracelet, along with the top prize of $454,287. The only reason Castaneda said she even played this event was because she cashed in Event #41 $10,000 Ladies No Limit Hold'em Championship. Nice parlay Dana!
Day 3 started with 14 players but as the cards fall and chips slide across the felt in a continual wave, play got down to the final four who were close in chip counts but Michael Zuchet shoved all-in with a semi-bluff and couldn't beat Castaneda. Next out was Matthias Bednarek who tried to beat Castaneda's with — that didn't work because Castaneda flopped a .
When heads-up play started, Jason Bigelow was at a 7-to-1 chip disadvantage and even after chipping up a bit, he couldn't build any momentum.
On the final hand Jason Bigelow limped from the small blind, and Dana Castaneda checked. Castaneda bet 125,000 on the flop. Bigelow raised all-in and Castaneda called.
Castaneda had two pair and Bigelow was left with a flush draw. The on the turn was a blank for both players and the river card gave Castaneda a better two pair. Bigelow ended up with a busted draw and Castaneda was right there, ready to claim the gold bracelet, the money, and rewriting history at the WSOP.
Let's hear it for the Ladies!!! Congratulations Dana!
Kristy Arnett shares the camera with Dana:
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