No joke, leglybrunete wins April 1 Women's Sunday

Sunday Special corner logo.jpgAfter all the excitement of last weekend's Women's Sunday birthday celebration, it was time to get back to normal this weekend. But we're not going to lie. The absence of the web chat and all of the birthday messages was a bit of a letdown. We also miss the virtual birthday cakes.

Even so, we still have our Women's Sunday! It is as thrilling as ever, with its $10,000 guarantee and $50 Team Pro bounties. We also now have the Women's Tuesday on the calendar each week, the 6-max No Limit Hold'em tournament which is already a popular event for women with its $1,000 guarantee. And today kicks off another month of the always-exciting Women's Poker League, where three divisions offer our players the chance to win big cash prizes for points each month. As the March numbers are being calculated, players are already off to conquer the April divisions.

Let's take a look at this week's Women's Sunday numbers:

Total players: 283
Prize pool: $14,150.00
Paid finishers: 45

It didn't take long for some of the Team Pros to exit today, as Celina Lin and Liv Boeree were both eliminated in the first hour of action. Team Pro Ana Marquez of Spain lasted a bit longer and exited in 208th place. Still going strong in the top half of the remaining players was Vanessa Selbst, playing her usual aggressive game heading into the third hour of the tournament.

The money bubble burst just into that third hour, as hand-for-hand play quickly led to the 46th place elimination of kassike. That left a minimum of $84.90 for each of the remaining players, and ladysandri was the first to collect that amount.

Selbst was soon to follow, losing a big hand and going from 20th place on the leaderboard to a 42nd place exit.

Just after the 2.5-hour break, three tables were reduced to two in only 15 minutes. And just past the three-hour mark, the elimination of jdcdman in 11th place brought hand-for-hand play into motion. A few minutes later, Dalma85 made a push with A♣T♦, and dwxwb called with a dominating A♦Q♦. The board came 9♦A♠9♣4♣Q♥, and Dalma85 had to go in tenth place with $212.25.

Pengwin402 waddles into chip lead

The starting chip stacks at the final table were as follows:

Seat 1: simonikka (20,533 in chips)
Seat 2: chinuchinu (92,877 in chips)
Seat 3: she6 (48,535 in chips)
Seat 4: Ira_161 (67,796 in chips)
Seat 5: mamalice (110,283 in chips)
Seat 6: pengwin402 (157,540 in chips)
Seat 7: evjersen (125,967 in chips)
Seat 8: dwxwb (137,906 in chips)
Seat 9: leglybrunete (87,563 in chips)

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The third hand of the final table saw simonikka push all-in for 19,333 chips from middle position. Evjersen called from the big blind with T♠9♠, and simonikka was ahead with A♠J♣. But the flop of 8♥7♠A♣ gave evjersen the straight draw, and the J♦ on the turn completed it. The 7♣ on the river eliminated simonikka in ninth place with $247.62.

She6 was next to risk it all, making the push from the big blind with A♠Q♣. But it just so happened that original raiser dwxwb had A♦A♥ and easily made the call. Nothing about the K♦7♦2♣4♦9♣ board changed the outcome, and she6 was gone in eighth place with $339.60.

Chinuchinu then got into a hand with evjersen and leglybrunete to see a raised flop of 3♥9♦T♦. Chinuchinu bet, evjersen called, and leglybrunete folded. The 8♦ on the turn prompted chinuchinu to move all-in for just under 39K chips, and evjersen called with 9♠9♣, which dominated the K♣Q♠ of chinuchinu. The river was the 2♦, and chinuchinu left in seventh place with $481.10.

Two hands later, Ira_161 raised all-in from the small blind with Q♣T♥, and mamalice called from the big blind with K♦J♠. The interesting board came 2♦2♣J♣T♣2♥, giving both players full houses but mamalice had the better one with deuces full of jacks. Ira_161 exited in sixth place with $622.60.

Mamalice takes over

This double-up put mamalice in the lead:

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Dwxwb was reduced to little more than 15K chips and moved all-in on the next hand with K♣9♣. Leglybrunete called from the button with Q♦5♦. The flop of K♥Q♠A♦ kept dwxwb in the lead, as did the 2♣ on the turn, but the Q♣ on the river gave leglybrunete trip queens to eliminate dwxwb in fifth place, which was worth $806.55.

Four-handed play was rather intense and calculated, as more than $2700 awaited the ultimate winner of the tournament. The shortest stack was held by evjersen, who finally risked it all with A♥2♣ against the A♠5♦ of mamalice. The better hand only improved on the T♠6♣5♥K♥6♥ board, and evjersen had to depart in fourth place with $1,167.37.

Leglybrunete was able to double-up through mamalice, though, in this hand:

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Pengwin402 needed to make a move soon. She got involved with leglybrunete to see a raised flop of A♦A♠9♦, and pengwin402 then moved all-in. Leglybrunete called with A♥5♥ for the set of aces, while pengwin402 showed K♦Q♠. The 3♠ and 6♣ completed the board and left pengwin402 out in third place with $1,556.50.

Two hands to decide it all

The final two players stacked up like this:

Seat 5: mamalice (387,624 in chips)
Seat 9: leglybrunete (461,376 in chips)

On the second hand, a preflop raising war saw mamalice make the all-in push with 9♠9♦, and leglybrunete called with A♦7♠. The board came A♠J♣K♦6♣2♠, and the pair of aces was enough to eliminate mamalice in second place with $2,051.75.

Leglybrunete of Canada won the April 1st Women's Sunday and $2,738.14 in cash. Congrats!

Women's Sunday Results for 04/01/12:

1st place: leglybrunete ($2,738.14)
2nd place: mamalice ($2,051.75)
3rd place: pengwin402 ($1,556.50)
4th place: evjersen ($1,167.37)
5th place: dwxwb ($806.55)
6th place: Ira_161 ($622.60)
7th place: chinuchinu ($481.10)
8th place: she6 ($339.60)
9th place: simonikka ($247.62)

There are many ways to get in on the Women's Sunday action. Take a look at the home page for information on daily satellites. And join us on Facebook for news and monthly freerolls, and Twitter for the latest information. See you next week!

Jen Newell
@PokerStars in Women's Sunday