Women's Poker League: Bertie867 & SARITA15350 Comment on 2011 Victories
For the better part of 2011, the PokerStars Women's Poker League became more exciting by the month. Women played the league tournaments on a regular basis, and those who earned the most points found extra cash in their online poker bank accounts in addition to the money they won in the events. And those who consistently performed in each of the two leagues won 2011 prizes at the end of the year.
The WPL consisted of two divisions in 2011, the $.10 and the $1.10 leagues. When the yearly tallies were published, it stood out that KleopatraRTS finished second in BOTH divisions, and maadcaroma and tjumpy also made the top 10 of both. But the winners were clear. SARITA15350 bested the $.10 league by two points over her nearest competitor, and Bertie867 leapt into first place in the $1.10 league by a solid 33 points. Both players were awarded PS Women Live prize packages to be used at their discretion.
SARITA15350 of Spain
Winner SARITA15350, known as Sara Mouzo in real life, spoke with our Spanish correspondent, Nilda Cerna. The article on the Spanish blog can be found here. Mouzo summed it up: "I cannot believe it."
Mouzo began playing online poker only recently, starting with some training on Intellipoker and then low buy-in sit-n-gos. She began playing the league early in 2011 in the hopes of winning the PS Women Live prize package. Her dedication to the games often kept her from spending time with friends, but she was determined. And she did it.
Having never played live poker in a casino, the PS Women Live prize package gives her the opportunity to travel to one of the EPT stops in the future. She is anxious to put her poker skills to work at the live tables. Her advice for other women is to play in the 2012 league and practice as often as possible to gain experience. "Do not be afraid," Mouzo said.
However, if you see SARITA15350 at your table, be afraid.
Bertie867 of Canada
Alberta, known to her online competitors and friends as Bertie867, is no stranger to the Women's Poker League. She was our October featured player and continuously showed up in the top 10.
When she found out she won the $1.10 division for the year, she was thrilled. Admittedly, she was a little relieved, too. "I didn't think I would be able to hang on because I was basically card dead for the month of December," she told us. "KleopatraRTS was breathing down my neck for the whole month. She is a very is a very good player and not one to let up for a minute." But Alberta made her moves, even arranging her Christmas dinner around the WPL. "Thankfully, family and friends were understanding."
With a trip already planned to go to the Bahamas for the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in January, she used her PS Women Live prize package to cover the costs and stay at the Atlantis Resort. And she told us that it was an amazing experience. From the water rides to the aquarium activities, from the beaches to the poker tables, Alberta had a great time.
"The hotel staff was very accommodating, but they did not compare at all to the PokerStars staff, who were friendly, accommodating, and encouraging in ways that totally surprised and pleased me. Staffers Emma from Toronto and Phillip from Norway really stood out as great PS ambassadors. They were genuinely invested in my having a great experience, which I did," said Alberta. And she added, "We especially enjoyed the PS party; it was awesome."
Of course, she also attended the PS Women Live poker tournament, as well as the panel discussion prior to the event featuring Vanessa Rousso, Vanessa Selbst, and Liv Boeree. She said it was a great way to get into tournament mode, and despite being nervous when she first took her seat, she did well. She made it all the way down to 30-something players but had some trouble with a certain Team PokerStars Pro. "Vanessa Selbst sat down at my table and pretty much cleaned up." That is what she tends to do.
Alberta enjoyed the Bahamas so much that she stayed for another five days. "After my vacation, I will take some time to decide where to put my poker focus," she said.
With another new division in 2012, all players have some decisions to make about which division(s) they will pursue. But nothing will take away from the 2011 final numbers and the first WPL annual winners.