The month of November was filled with travel for Team PokerStars Pros, with new adventures for some and familiar territory for others. And there was no getting around the excitement building for the 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in January, so memories were shared as players prepare for their travel to the Bahamas after the holidays.
Quite a few women shared the PS Women spotlight in November, though, as women grabbed PS Women Live prize packages and online poker tournament victories every week. Let's look at everything that happened, shall we?
The Women's Tuesday has become a staple in many women's playlist for the week, as players put up the $11 or satellite in to compete for the $1K guarantee. The six-max NLHE tournament is a favorite for many, and they are anxious to claim a tournament title in that poker variation. November's winners were yazmin of the Netherlands, maedchen80 and SorryHoney of the UK, and HUSTLheR0 of Canada.
As always, the biggest draw for female players each week is the $55 Women's Sunday, as they can play satellites throughout the week to win their seats. Add in a few members of Team PokerStars as $50 bounties, and action gets pretty exciting and intense.
The list of November winners is as follows:
Prize pool: $12,900
Winner: Mayzey (UK) - $2,496.15
Prize pool: $12,200
Winner: t0beR1cH (Russia) - $2,024.90
Prize pool: $11,150
Winner: icebeerkim (Japan) - $2,280.28
Prize pool: $10,000
Winner: RuPrettygirl (Russia) - $2,045.00
Women shine bright in open tournaments as well, though we don't often know about it because of the mystery behind players' screen names. This month, though, we found out that Sunday Million winner sexylady409 was really Diane Cahill of Ireland, and we caught up with her to discuss her victory in the largest weekly online poker tournament in the industry. She was kind enough to share some honest thoughts on her $132,928.76 win.
Graduating, Traveling, and Coaching with the Pros
As Charlotte "sjlot" Van Brabander's December 1st birthday approached, she had a lot on her mind. She was focusing on poker, of course, competing in the Women's Poker League as a bounty and looking forward to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in January, but she was also heavily concentrating on obtaining her degree in Public Management. She is on course to graduate in June, so studying is a priority for this ambitious young woman.
Speaking of the ambitious, Team Online's Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome began a new job in her trained field of Occupational Therapy. She wrote about her choice to return to work and balance that passion with poker. And as poker remains a priority in her life, she discussed taking a shot in a big Omaha game on PokerStars.
Also working hard in the past few months was Team Pro Vanessa Selbst, who helped coach Jesse Sylvia to his second place finish in the World Series of Poker Main Event for more than $5.2 million. Selbst discussed switching roles from player to coach and what it taught her.
And speaking of Vanessa, fellow Team Pro Vanessa Rousso was busy traveling the world for a mix of poker and pleasure. She not only learns from her poker experiences, but she relishes in soaking up other cultures and discovering parts of the world that are new to her. Morocco seemed to have made an impression on her, as she wrote here.
Celina Lin was busy in November when Macau filled up with poker players for the Asia Championship of Poker. She played a number of events, but almost as important to her as her own performance at the tables is the growth of poker in Asia. She talked about that prior to the Macau tournaments and then even found time to give some tips on where to stay, play, party, and eat in Macau.
Liv Boeree had an exceptionally busy month, starting with the premiere of her American television show called "I Bet My Life," which documented her experiences at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo in the spring of 2012. But as is essential in the life of a traveling poker player, a break is well-deserved and necessary for some sanity. She reflected on her physics background here, and later in the month with a return to all-things poker, she reflected on the most fun she had during any PCA visit in the last few years.
PCA Sats Heat Up
And that brings us back to poker tournaments and the upcoming PCA. Congratulations to twinkie, HUSTLheR0, minko23, and Peacefulme07, all of whom won their $3,250 PS Women Live prize packages to the PCA Ladies Event in January. They were the winners each week in the $215 Weekly Final satellite that guarantees at least one package. We look forward to seeing them in the Bahamas!
For the rest of you, it's not too late! The Weekly Finals are still running every week, and you can secure your seat (and hotel accommodations and expenses) at the PCA. Qualifiers run throughout the week, and details can be found here for those looking for a little sun-and-fun getaway in January.
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Jennifer Newell is a PokerStars freelance contributor.