PokerStars Women's Poker League: September winners and featured player "melvinaa1"

League logo.jpgTwo divisions of the Women's League offer PokerStars players the chance to win monthly and yearly prizes no matter their bankrolls. And while some players consistently find themselves in the top ten each month, there are others who dedicate extra time and find some run-good to race up the leaderboard for the first time. And it all adds up to an exciting competition every month.

September was one of those months for new and experienced players alike. One of the players is no stranger to the Women's League top ten rankings, melvinaa1, and she is also our featured player this month.

Division 1: $1.10 League

The first week of September was dominated by women who competed in eight tournaments, such as Shalls, who garnered 62 points from them and took first place. Laimee was the only one who played in seven tournaments, but she was tied with paoo20 for second place, each with 52 points. The mid-month numbers had Shalls in third place, while paoo20 climbed into second, and yesevil85 went racing into the top ten to take over first place with 85 points out of only seven tournaments played.

With only a few days left in the month, it was paoo20 who powered into the top spot on the leaderboard with an impressive 148 points, while yesevil85 fell to fifth and Shalls fell out of the top ten completely. Bertie867 climbed into second with 123 points, and KleopatraRTS took third.

Paoo20 of Peru simply couldn't be beat; she stayed in top position and ended the month with 184 points. Bertie867 of Canada stayed in second with 155 (repeating her second place performance from August), and REBEKC of Mexico soared into the third place spot with 138 points.

September Top 10:

1st place: paoo20 (Peru) - 29 tournaments, 184 points = $250
2nd place: Bertie867 (Canada) - 30 tournaments, 155 points = $170
3rd place: REBEKC (Mexico) - 30 tournaments, 138 points = $140
4th place: KleopatraRTS (Poland) - 30 tournaments, 134 points = $110 (TIE)
4th place: MartinaVelez (Spain) - 29 tournaments, 134 points = $110 (TIE)
6th place: rubille (Spain) - 30 tournaments, 126 points = $90
7th place: vali therese (Canada) - 29 tournaments, 121 points = $80
8th place: madzia36 (Poland) - 30 tournaments, 118 points = $60
9th place: yesevil85 (Australia) - 18 tournaments, 117 points = $50
10th place: PAO083 (Colombia) - 20 tournaments, 113 points = $35 (TIE)
10th place: tjumpy (Canada) - 30 tournaments, 113 points = $35 (TIE)

Division 2: $.10 League

Only one week into action brought hcpaqp into first place on the leaderboard, as she accrued 69 points in only five events played. Ariella 72 took second and moisaky was in third, both having played eight tournaments. The middle of September saw hcpaqp lose ground and fall to a third-place tie, while MartinaVelez took over first place with 81 points. MCathy68 climbed into second, and Ariella 72 was tied for third.

A few days before the month ended, hcpaqp had fallen out of the top ten altogether, while KOKIRITA soared into first place with 131 points. MCathy68 stayed strong with 122 points in second place, and butterflysh also jumped into the top ten to sit in third with 110 points.

The final numbers showed that KOKIRITA of Argentina was able to maintain top position and end the month with 158 points, taking first place for two months straight! Demi ces of Canada stormed into the top ten during the last week and finished in second place with 135 points, and moisaky of Belgium resumed her beginning of the month third place to end there with 127 points.

September Top 10:

1st place: KOKIRITA (Argentina) - 30 tournaments, 158 points = $100
2nd place: Demi ces (Canada) - 27 tournaments, 135 points = $90
3rd place: moisaky (Belgium) - 30 tournaments, 127 points = $80
4th place: MCathy68 (Mauritius) - 26 tournaments, 126 points = $70
5th place: Ariella 72 (Ukraine) - 30 tournaments, 123 points = $60
6th place: melvinaa1 (Canada) - 30 tournaments, 122 points = $50
7th place: Bertie867 (Canada) - 30 tournaments, 121 points = $40
8th place: butterflysh (Spain) - 30 tournaments, 119 points = $30
9th place: vali therese (Venezuela) - 30 tournaments, 117 points = $20
10th place: KleopatraRTS (Poland) - 30 tournaments, 115 points = $15

Featured Player Brenda "melvinaa1" Fowler

Some women who play in the Women's League have made poker into a career. They play consistently and often, building bankrolls and even making it to the level of obtaining a sponsorship, like Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome. But most of the women who compete in daily or weekly tournaments consider poker a leisure activity, something fun that allows for the thrill of competition when time allows.

Enter Brenda Fowler, who plays on PokerStars as melvinaa1. In recent months, her name has appeared on the rankings of the Women's League consistently, and she can regularly be found in tournaments like the Women's League games and the $11 tournaments. Her top-notch play and steady results are those of a player who takes her poker seriously but only plays on a casual basis.

Hailing from Georgetown, Ontario, the Canadian native is 54 years old and works at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, as she has for 37 years. Brenda enjoys time with her husband and son, and she took up play-money poker a few years ago. But it was this year that she decided to play with a real-money bankroll, and her family was supportive of her efforts.

Brenda started playing on the PokerStars tables, specifically the Women's League events, in June of 2011, and she came on strong. She quickly found her stride in the $.10 League and did so well in June that she was the top finisher out of thousands of participants. She won $100 for accumulating 154 points in 24 tournaments.

The July results for the $.10 league found her cracking the top ten and finishing in tenth place, and though she didn't make it too far in August, she resumed her position in September in the top ten, ultimately ending the month in sixth place for a $50 win.

The key to consistency, Brenda told us, is patience. "I play very conservatively until I get in the money, and then I play poker and become more aggressive." And that simple strategy has produced solid results.

She also enjoys playing in the women-only events because of the patience factor. She enjoys the fact that she can play for awhile in tournaments without having to be aggressive from the start, something that she finds in open events.

How does Brenda plan to continue to improve her game? "Play," she responded simply. And it's her advice to other women in poker as well. "The more you play, the better you will get. Practice makes perfect."

Though melvinaa1 has yet to be classified as a perfect player (is there such a person?), she continues to practice and enjoy the game as she goes.

Information about the PokerStars Women's Poker League is provided on the home page, and current league standings are listed on the rankings page. And join us on Facebook for regular updates!

Jen Newell
@PokerStars in PS Women