The Women's Poker League heated up in November as the end of the year approached, with PokerStars players anxious to get in on the cash prizes and freeroll seats. The number of women who participated was outstanding, and the results piqued our interest as new names appeared in the top ranks. And with Team Pros joining some of the tournaments as bounties, players seemed to enjoy themselves.
The final results for November were even more interesting in that two players, each with multiple sevens in their screen names, starred in the month's WPL. 77Claudia77 won the $5.50 division after winning the $1.10 division last month. And the only player to hit the top 10 in two separate divisions was 77natali77. It's always been said that seven is a lucky number, but there is obviously some skill involved, too.
Before we get to the official rankings, we have an announcement:
The last month of the Women's Poker League will be December 2012. We will have an announcement within the next week about an exciting new program for PokerStars' women players in 2013. Stay tuned!
That said, let's see who won big in the November WPL!
Division 1: $.10 League
About one week before month-end, three players were fighting for the top spot, as tjumpy had 105 points, and Friben and Katafraktari each had 102. 77natali77 was in fourth but hoping to defend her title as the previous month's winner in this division.
And it was Katafraktari of Russia who climbed the furthest, as she took over first place and ended the month with 151 points for 30 tournaments. Tjumpy of Canada stayed strong but finished in second place with 142 points from 29 events. 77natali77 of Russia finished in a very respectable third with 131 points from 30 tournaments. Friben fell to ninth after taking fourth last month, and mariieclaude came from seemingly nowhere to claim fifth place.
Russian players took two of the top three spots in this division, while Canada had three players in the top 10, including second and fourth places.
November Top 10:
1st place: Katafraktari (Russia) - 30 tournaments, 151 points = $100
2nd place: tjumpy (Canada) - 29 tournaments, 142 points = $90
3rd place: 77natali77 (Russia) - 30 tournaments, 131 points = $80
4th place: mariieclaude (Canada) - 26 tournaments, 128 points = $70
5th place: aZn_SharK105 (Germany) - 30 tournaments, 124 points = $60
6th place: dr.Olia (Belarus) - 23 tournaments, 123 points = $45 (TIE)
6th place: Natali Kotik (Ukraine) - 29 tournaments, 123 points = $45 (TIE)
8th place: ZepFan13 (Canada) - 25 tournaments, 116 points = $30
9th place: Friben (Brazil) - 29 tournaments, 114 points = $20
10th place: Aka Sue (Australia) - 30 tournaments, 111 points = $15
Division 2: $1.10 League
Eight days before the end of the month, storczyk was pulling away in first place with 120 points, while Stella796 was in second place with 111. Several other players were over the 100-point mark, though, like tebunia72, GrowlingFrog, mojarra2924, and 77natali77.
Storczyk of Poland did, indeed, stay in first place, first place, ending the month with 163 points for 30 tournaments played. REBEKC of Mexico rose from less than 85 points to 153 of them in the last week of the month, closing out with 27 tournaments and a second place finish. Zuberbulla of Russia climbed from seventh place to third with 30 events and 150 corresponding points. Stella796 finished in fourth, and CubicCentime tied for fifth with GrowlingFrog. And 77natali77 finished tenth to compliment her $.10 division prize.
While a Polish player took the top prize, Russia and Mexico each boasted of three players in the top 10 this month.
November Top 10:
1st place: storczyk (Poland) - 30 tournaments, 163 points = $250
2nd place: REBEKC (Mexico) - 27 tournaments, 153 points = $170
3rd place: Zuberbulla (Russia) - 30 tournaments, 150 points = $140
4th place: Stella796 (Germany) - 30 tournaments, 149 points = $120
5th place: CubicCentime (China) - 30 tournaments, 145 points = $95 (TIE)
5th place: GrowlingFrog (Australia) - 30 tournaments, 145 points = $95 (TIE)
7th place: mojarra2924 (Mexico) - 26 tournaments, 142 points = $80
8th place: cashmar75 (Russia) - 25 tournaments, 136 points = $60
9th place: badgirl0405 (Mexico) - 23 tournaments, 133 points = $50
10th place: 77natali77 (Russia) - 30 tournaments, 131 points = $40
Division 3: $5.50 League
One week out from November 30, 77Claudia77 looked to have a lock on first place with 145 points. Her closest competitor was krotik999 with 125 points, and Aurora_2011 had 118. No one else in the top 10 was far behind that mark.
And 77Claudia77 of Mexico pulled out the win with 27 tournaments and 185 points, after winning the $1.10 division last month. Blanckaa17 of Mexico soared into second place from outside of the top 10 to take second place - same as last month - with 174 points in 24 tournaments. Ukrainefowin also climbed from out of the top 10 to capture third place with 25 events and 173 points. NoKnowing did the same to finish fourth, and Aurora_2011 only fell two spots to take fifth.
Mexican players held the top two spots this month, though Russia and the UK each had two players in the top 10.
November Top 10:
1st place: 77Claudia77 (Mexico) - 27 tournaments, 185 points = $500
2nd place: blanckaa17 (Mexico) - 24 tournaments, 174 points = $300
3rd place: ukrainefowin (Ukraine) - 25 tournaments, 173 points = $220
4th place: NoKnowing (Romania) - 30 tournaments, 165 points = $170
5th place: Aurora_2011 (UK) - 28 tournaments, 163 points = $150
6th place: krotik999 (Russia) - 27 tournaments, 161 points = $140
7th place: sommerkind19 (Germany) - 30 tournaments, 152 points = $120 (TIE)
7th place: vokitoki (Russia) - 27 tournaments, 152 points = $120 (TIE)
9th place: luckyl1 (Canada) - 27 tournaments, 150 points = $90
10th place: cardreader64 (Estonia) - 27 tournaments, 149 points = $40 (TIE)
10th place: Chuimz (UK) - 21 tournaments, 149 points = $40 (TIE)
Jennifer Newell is a PokerStars freelance contributor.