Women's Poker League: *ShanonStar* shines in October

League logo.jpgOf all of the events geared toward the female players of PokerStars, the Women's Poker League is one of the most popular. Not only does it give women the opportunity to win extra cash every month, they get to know their fellow competitors and share their poker interest in a way that is not common in the solitary game of poker. The WPL is unique in many ways.

In addition to cash for the top players in each division, the top finisher in the $.10 division, top five in the $1.10, and top 10 in the $5.50 division each receive tickets to a year-end freeroll. And as an added bonus in November only, players have the chance to compete against Team Pros and receive bounties for their eliminations. So many ways to win, especially this month!

While the winner of each division every month receives accolades and top cash prizes, some players deserve recognition for excelling in more than one league. This month, there were several of them. Player *ShanonStar* of Colombia astounded us in October by making the top 10 of each division, and 247ftw and NoKnowing each made two top 10 appearances. Blanckaa17 finished second in both the $1.10 and $5.50 leagues. NoKnowing also finished third in the $5.50 league after winning it in September, and blanckaa17 took second in the $1.10 division after winning last month. Stellar performances all around.

Let's look at the final standings for the month of October.

Division 1: $.10 League

We checked in on this division halfway through the month, and 77natali77 sat in the top spot with 99 points, though *ShanonStar* was not far behind in second with 90. Gilsel92 was in third with 84, and GypsyGrey555 and oksik112 rounded out the top five.

And 77natali77 of Russia never gave up that lead. At the end of October, she still sat in first place, taking it down with 160 points in 30 tournaments played. Flafla79 of Slovenia rose out of seemingly nowhere to glide into second with 153 points in 28 events, and GypsyGrey555 of the Philippines improved from fourth to third to finish with 144 points. Friben soared into fourth place, while annamfa climbed from sixth to a tie for fifth with jmv669. *ShanonStar* ended up finishing in eighth place.

The Russian player won this league, and Argentina was the only country with two players in the top 10.

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October Top 10:

1st place: 77natali77 (Russia) - 30 tournaments, 160 points = $100
2nd place: flafla79 (Slovenia) - 28 tournaments, 153 points = $90
3rd place: GypsyGrey555 (Philippines) - 31 tournaments, 144 points = $80
4th place: Friben (Brazil) - 31 tournaments, 132 points = $70
5th place: annamfa (Hungary) - 31 tournaments, 131 points = $55 (TIE)
5th place: jmv669 (Belgium) - 31 tournaments, 131 points = $55 (TIE)
7th place: belenchuta (Argentina) - 29 tournaments, 130 points = $40
8th place: *ShanonStar* (Columbia) - 31 tournaments, 127 points = $30
9th place: ColdAgatha (Poland) - 26 tournaments, 125 points = $20
10th place: RUMBA204 (Argentina) - 27 tournaments, 124 points = $15

Division 2: $1.10 League

On October 16, blanckaa17 was on point to win the division for the second month in a row, sitting in first place with 109 points, though 77Claudia77 was in hot pursuit with 105 points. 247ftw showed up in third place, with PALOMA LIBRE and Pokraina in fourth and fifth places, respectively.

77Claudia77 of Mexico took over that first place spot by the end of the month, capturing the title with an impressive 201 points for the 31 tournaments she played. Blanckaa17 of Mexico had to settle for second place with her 175 points in 30 events, and 247ftw of Slovakia stayed in third, ending with 170 points. NoKnowing rose from tenth to fourth place, DBHPL came from outside of the top 10 to finish fifth, and *ShanonStar* climbed into tenth for her second big finish of the month.

Mexican players held down the top two spots and seventh place as well to dominate this division, while two players from Colombia made it a month of the Americas.

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October Top 10:

1st place: 77Claudia77 (Mexico) - 31 tournaments, 201 points = $250
2nd place: blanckaa17 (Mexico) - 30 tournaments, 175 points = $170
3rd place: 247ftw (Slovakia) - 31 tournaments, 170 points = $140
4th place: NoKnowing (Romania) - 31 tournaments, 163 points = $120
5th place: DBHPL (Canada) - 29 tournaments, 143 points = $100
6th place: Isabella_Ang (Brazil) - 29 tournaments, 139 points = $90
7th place: Shingon King (Mexico) - 23 tournaments, 135 points = $80
8th place: BrujitaFina (Colombia) - 31 tournaments, 132 points = $55 (TIE)
8th place: Pokraina (Bulgaria) - 26 tournaments, 132 points = $55 (TIE)
10th place: *ShanonStar* (Colombia) - 31 tournaments, 129 points = $40

Division 3: $5.50 League

A peek at this division halfway through the month showed Anyta belka in a dominating lead with 147 points. Laimee was in a distant second with 107, with blanckaa17 was close behind with 106 points in third. NoKnowing was in fourth with 103 points, followed by last month's star - $icksosick! - in fifth.

The end of the month was not much of a surprise, and Anyta belka of Ukraine won with 209 points from 30 tournaments. Blanckaa17 of Mexico held on to second place with 201 points in 30 events, taking her second second place of the month. NoKnowing of Romania rose into third place to finish with 198 points, and $icksosick! ended up tying with laimee for fourth place. 247ftw took sixth place, and *ShanonStar* finished in eighth in her third division of October.

The Ukraine won this month, courtesy of Anyta belka, and Columbia and Canada each had two players in the top 10 this month.

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October Top 10:

1st place: Anyta belka (Ukraine) - 30 tournaments, 209 points = $500
2nd place: blanckaa17 (Mexico) - 30 tournaments, 201 points = $300
3rd place: NoKnowing (Romania) - 31 tournaments, 198 points = $220
4th place: $icksosick! (Germany) - 27 tournaments, 192 points = $160 (TIE)
4th place: laimee (Canada) - 30 tournaments, 192 points = $160 (TIE)
6th place: 247ftw (Slovakia) - 31 tournaments, 191 points = $140
7th place: CubicCentime (China) - 31 tournaments, 174 points = $130
8th place: *ShanonStar* (Colombia) - 31 tournaments, 168 points = $110
9th place: pointful92 (Canada) - 26 tournaments, 167 points = $90
10th place: johorj (Colombia) - 25 tournaments, 165 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.

Jennifer Newell is a PokerStars freelance contributor.

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