PokerStars Women's Poker League: Canada, Brazil & Spain take top February spots
With three divisions in the Women's Poker League, players have more options than ever to compete at levels with which they are most comfortable. Some choose to play in two or three divisions, while others focus on one and improve their game as they go. Bankroll and game goals may be different for everyone, but all are striving to be at the top of their division and claim the cash prizes at stake for doing so.
What's at stake, exactly? In addition to pride and cash for the top 100 players in each of the three buy-in levels, there are tickets to the end-of-year $10K Grand Final. The top ten players in the $5.50 division each month receive seats, as do the top five in the $1.10 division and the winner of the $.10 division. With that in mind, let's take a look at the February results.
When we checked in on this division about three weeks into the month, Kaylanta and Karinylka were vying for the lead with only one point separating the two. Michael1920 was a close second, and pipilanstrun, dani_borko, and julianags were all within 12 points of the top spot.
One week later, slywon of Canada not only jumped into the top 10 but climbed into the chip lead to end the month with 133 points from 27 tournaments. Kaylanta of Canada was forced to accept second place with 131 points and 28 events, while Michael1920, also from Canada, stayed solid in third place with 121 points.
Notably, the top three finishers were all from Canada, while the Ukraine had two players in the top 10. None of the players in this list were in the top 10 last month.
February Top 10:
1st place: slywon (Canada) - 27 tournaments, 133 points = $100
2nd place: Kaylanta (Canada) - 28 tournaments, 131 points = $90
3rd place: Michael1920 (Canada) - 28 tournaments, 121 points = $80
4th place: Hannah100 (Germany) - 28 tournaments, 119 points = $70
5th place: julianags (Brazil) - 28 tournaments, 118 points = $55 (TIE)
5th place: sonya2012 (Ukraine) - 28 tournaments, 118 points = $55 (TIE)
7th place: september214 (Ukraine) - 23 tournaments, 116 points = $40
8th place: Karinylka (Russia) - 26 tournaments, 115 points = $30
9th place: 0kissmua0 (Poland) - 28 tournaments, 112 points = $17.50 (TIE)
9th place: pipilanstrun (Spain) - 25 tournaments, 112 points = $17.50 (TIE)
Three weeks into February, it looked like maadcaroma was climbing fast with 114 points, though storczyk was coming up with 111 points and REBEKC with 110. Friben and deepad were the only other players with more than 100 points, but it was still anyone's race.
In only six days, things changed quickly as Friben of Brazil soared into first place with 169 points in a total of 27 tournaments. Joy7108 of Canada came from below the top 10 to take second place with 135 points, and storczyk of Poland fell only one spot to finish in third place with 131 points.
It should be mentioned that storczyk was the only player to finish in the top 10 two months in a row, as she took eighth in this division last month. Also, with Brazil taking the win here, Canada only had two players in the top 10.
February Top 10:
1st place: Friben (Brazil) - 27 tournaments, 169 points = $250
2nd place: joy7108 (Canada) - 26 tournaments, 135 points = $170
3rd place: storczyk (Poland) - 28 tournaments, 131 points = $140
4th place: annamfa (Hungary) - 25 tournaments, 126 points = $120 (TIE)
4th place: jrfield (Canada) - 22 tournaments, 126 points = $100 (TIE)
6th place: maadcaroma (Portugal) - 28 tournaments, 125 points = $90
7th place: REBEKC (Mexico) - 28 tournaments, 121 points = $80
8th place: Aussteiger13 (Germany) - 23 tournaments, 119 points = $65 (TIE)
8th place: babkatlapka (Czech Republic) - 28 tournaments, 119 points = $50 (TIE)
10th place: deepad (Mauritius) - 26 tournaments, 118 points = $32.50
By February 23, this league was heating up faster than it did in January. VixXxen_FTW was off to a great start with 156 points in 20 tournaments, and winter7 was gaining ground with 146 points. Demi ces, a familiar name in the WPL, was in third place with 138 points, but only one point behind was Prospero2, and benaphi completed out the top five.
When play concluded on the 29th, VixXxen_FTW of Spain showed her ability to stay on top, finishing with 195 points from 26 tournaments. Russia's winter7 stayed in second place and ended with 179 points, while Ukraine's Ccaroll soared into third for a tie with Demi ces of Canada, both with 178 points.
Two of the players from this division finished in the top 10 two months running, as Propero2 finished sixth this month after third place in January, and Alice4win took sixth last month and seventh in February. Canada and Russia dominated this month, each with two players representing their countries in the top ranks.
February Top 10:
1st place: VixXen_FTW (Spain) - 26 tournaments, 195 points = $500
2nd place: winter7 (Russia) - 28 tournaments, 179 points = $300
3rd place: Ccaroll (Ukraine) - 28 tournaments, 178 points = $195 (TIE)
3rd place: Demi ces (Canada) - 26 tournaments, 178 points = $195 (TIE)
5th place: Vialet56 (Russia) - 21 tournaments, 158 points = $150
6th place: Prospero2 (Finland) - 28 tournaments, 157 points = $140
7th place: Alice4win (Peru) - 28 tournaments, 151 points = $130
8th place: mpmaniac (Canada) - 25 tournaments, 149 points = $110
9th place: MissManta (Netherlands) - 27 tournaments, 143 points = $90
10th place: agnvik (Lithuania) - 23 tournaments, 142 points = $40 (TIE)
10th place: rus028 (Russia) - 24 tournaments, 142 points = $40 (TIE)