PokerStars Women's Poker League: Three Divisions, Many Winners Kick off 2012

League logo.jpgThe first month of a new year is always exciting, especially so for the Women's Poker League. It all kicked off on January 3, and a new division was added to the two existing ones to give players more choices and competition. That $5.50 league drew in some new players and gave the 2012 WPL a thrilling set of tournaments to follow.

In addition to cash prizes for the top 100 players in each division, there were tickets awarded to those at the top of each leaderboard for the end-of-year $10K Grand Final. The winner of the $.10 division received a ticket, as well as the top five players in the $1.10 division and the top 10 of the $5.50 division. That Grand Final event, scheduled for January 2013, is going to be filled with amazing players!

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Now, it's time to celebrate January's amazing players.

$.10 League

After players started the action on January 3, it didn't take long for last year's overall winner, SARITA15350, to take the lead. By January 17, she was leading the group with 86 points. Il biccia held a strong second with 83 points, and MCathy68, A.captain.T, and horsewoman72 were in close contention for third. Ten days later, horsewoman72 had taken over first place with 135 points, while il biccia held on to second and SARITA15350 tied with her, both boasting of 130 points.

The final numbers after the month closed showed that horsewoman72 couldn't be beat. With 28 tournaments, she accumulated 143 points and won the $100. MCathy68 climbed in the last few days and grabbed second place with 137 points for 28 tournaments, and SARITA15350 held third place with 29 tournaments and 134 points. Il biccia was a close fourth with 133 points.

January Top 10:

1st place: horsewoman72 (Canada) - 28 tournaments, 143 points = $100
2nd place: MCathy68 (Mauritius) - 28 tournaments, 137 points = $90
3rd place: SARITA15350 (Spain) - 29 tournaments, 134 points = $80
4th place: il biccia (Moldova) - 29 tournaments, 133 points = $70
5th place: 7amlao7 (Portugal) - 29 tournaments, 127 points = $60
6th place: pointful92 (Canada) - 26 tournaments, 124 points = $45 (TIE)
6th place: Stellanna (Canada) - 29 tournaments, 124 points = $45 (TIE)
8th place: Fun Seppi (Germany) - 29 tournaments, 123 points = $25 (TIE)
8th place: Zagro (Sweden) - 29 tournaments, 123 points = $25 (TIE)
10th place: dnepr-oksi (Ukraine) - 29 tournaments, 120 points = $15

$1.10 League

The midway point of January saw three players take a significant lead over the other players in this division. Blanckaa17 sat with 105 points and Popular Girl with 103, while Kyp777 wasn't far behind with 93. The closest competitors were Yurchenkova and zemlyanikasw, each with 77 points and tying for fourth place. Fast forward 10 days, and Yurchenkova had taken over first place with an impressive 179 points. Blanckaa17 was in second with 162, and Popular Girl was in third but fell back with 136 points. GrowlingFrog jumped up from ninth to fourth, and SARITA15350 secured a top spot in yet another division.

When the month was over, Yurchenkova was officially the winner, with 182 points for 28 tournaments. Second and third places remained the same as well, with blanckaa17 in second with 166 points and Popular Girl in third with 163. Zemlyanikasw secured fourth place with 157 points, and GrowlingFrog took fifth with 146 points. Notably, SARITA15350 did finish in sixth place.

January Top 10:

1st place: Yurchenkova (Russia) - 28 tournaments, 182 points = $250
2nd place: blanckaa17 (Mexiso) - 28 tournaments, 166 points = $170
3rd place: Popular Girl (Peru) - 27 tournaments, 163 points = $140
4th place: zemlyanikasw (Russia) - 28 tournaments, 157 points = $120
5th place: GrowlingFrog (Australia) - 27 tournaments, 146 points = $100
6th place: SARITA15350 (Spain) - 29 tournaments, 137 points = $90
7th place: Kyp777 (Hungary) - 28 tournaments, 135 points = $80
8th place: storczyk (Poland) - 29 tournaments, 132 points = $65
9th place: hania22 (Spain) - 27 tournaments, 129 points = $50
10th place: Ariella 72 (Ukraine) - 29 tournaments, 128 points = $32.50 (TIE)
10th place: Meryl X (Chile) - 25 tournaments, 128 points = $32.50 (TIE)
10th place: Olgamihl (Russia) - 29 tournaments, 128 points = $32.50 (TIE)
10th place: Secret5180 (Germany) - 23 tournaments, 128 points = $32.50 (TIE)

$5.50 League

The new division in the WPL found a solid group of players vying for points. By the 17th of January, Izzuska88 was out in front of them all with 125 points, and Aussteiger13 and Prospero2 were tied for second with 113 each. The only other player over 100 points was rozdaly, and coming up in fifth place was laimee, a name familiar to those following the other two divisions last year. Looking at the list 10 days later, Izzuska88 had 160 points, but so did Prospero2, and the two would fight it out for first place in the last days of the month. Rozdaly moved up to third place, while Aussteiger13 fell to fourth and laimee fell out of the top 10 altogether.

When the month came to an end, it was Izzuska88 who scored the victory with 177 points for 29 tournaments. Rozdaly made it up to second place and finished with 171 points for 27 tournaments, and Prospero2 was relegated to third with 163 points. Pirru200 came from out of nowhere to secure a fourth place finish, while Aussteiger13 held on for fifth place. Of significance was the sixth place finish for Zagro, who also made the top 10 of the $.10 division.

January Top 10:

1st place: Izzuska88 (Poland) - 29 tournaments, 177 points = $500
2nd place: rozdaly (United Kingdom) - 27 tournaments, 171 points = $300
3rd place: Prospero2 (Finland) - 28 tournaments, 163 points = $220
4th place: pirru200 (Estonia) - 28 tournaments, 156 points = $170
5th place: Aussteiger13 (Germany) - 29 tournaments, 155 points = $150
6th place: Alice4win (Peru) - 28 tournaments, 145 points = $135 (TIE)
6th place: Zagro (Sweden) - 29 tournaments, 145 points = $135 (TIE)
8th place: demonic83 (Finland) - 28 tournaments, 140 points = $110
9th place: rubille (Spain) - 28 tournaments, 138 points = $90
10th place: sommerkind19 (Germany) - 27 tournaments, 137 points = $50

Information about the PokerStars Women's Poker League is provided on the home page, and current league standings are listed on the rankings page.


Jen Newell
@PokerStars in PS Women