WCOOP Newbie Mary 717 makes a grand debut

Just a few days after Mary 717's boyfriend staked her $1,000 on PokerStars to take a shot at some bigger buy-in tournaments, she's logged three WCOOP cashes, two final tables and a World Championship of Online Poker Bracelet for Event #7. Not a bad couple of weeks' work!

The relative newcomer to tournament poker plans on entering more large-field tournament entries with her newfound bankroll, and likely some travel as well. A sales rep for a fashion company, the Washington native who now lives in Copenhagen plays "poker for fun," but admits that she is likely to play more now. Her boyfriend's initial $1,000 investment has performed well, logging a return of more than 350% in just two weeks; so playing more would certainly seem like a wise choice!

After cashing in WCOOP Event #6 (her first major tournament), Mary outlasted a field of 2,457 players in Event #7 - Pot-Limit Omaha to take down first place and $71,730 in prize money. Just ten days later, Mary took a big stack into the final of Event #20, eventually finishing in 5th place for $288,155.

Mary has only been playing for a couple of years, getting started on PokerStars because her boyfriend played there. "I knew how to play Hold'em but my boyfriend has taught me to play PLO and to be a much better poker player. He plays a lot of PLO so I have watched him A LOT and learned from him. I thought the game was very interesting and so I started playing PLO cash games." Obviously she developed quite an aptitude for Omaha and Hold'em tournaments as well, logging big finishes in three WCOOP events.

Mary certainly proved the old poker adage of a chip and a chair, going from last in chips at one point to the chip leader as the final table kicked off. "So I started the final table with a good feeling, but also knowing anything can happen." Anything could and did happen at the final table, but it always seemed to happen to Mary's opponents as she took out four of her five opponents on the way to first place and the bracelet!

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