February may have been the shortest month of the year, but it was filled with plenty of poker fun and information to keep it quite busy. PS Women Team Pros were in action in places like Deauville and Melbourne, while some were spending time in the kitchen and even on TV. Meanwhile, our writers were busy covering them all, as well as featuring some of our regular PS Women online players.
The PokerStars Women's Club picked up some steam in February, with more women getting involved in the weekly winning opportunities. If you haven't checked it out yet, it's free to join, and there are Club options for players of all bankrolls!
Bloggers were busy preparing for the excitement of WBCOOP in February, the World Blogger Championship of Online Poker that began on March 1. The weeklong series offers players the chance to compete for SCOOP tickets, prizes, and freeroll cash for simply writing about their favorite PokerStars moment and spreading the word with a blog post. Players without blogs could sign up here, and women were given an extra chance to win with a prize of $500 available to the best female blogger. Stay tuned for information as WBCOOP plays out this week.
The opportunities for women-only tournaments continue to grow on PokerStars. The Women's Tuesday has become a staple in the lineup, with an $11 buy-in No Limit Hold'em 6-Max offered each Tuesday at 15:00 ET. Its $1K guarantee draws players in every week. And the recent addition of the Women's Daily Special offers even more 6-Max action, with two $5.50 buy-ins per day - one at 6:00 ET and the other at 14:00 ET.
The Women's Sunday is as popular as ever, with satellites throughout the week for each Sunday's $55 buy-in NLHE tournament. Players can qualify or buy-in to compete for the weekly $10K guaranteed prize pool, not to mention the $50 bounty on Team Pros who participate. February's exciting results were:
Prize pool: $12,400
Winner: Liza_plus_EV (Russia) - $2,535.80
Prize pool: $11,750
Winner: tenteli19 (Russia) - $2,402.98
Prize pool: $11,750
Winner: Kg7xKg8 (Canada) - $2,402.98
Prize pool: $10,850
Winner: vegasdream29 (Greece) - $2,218.93
We decided to get to know more of the regulars at the women's tables, so we featured several of them in February. If you recognize the name cardkahleesi from the weekly women's tournaments, you'll want to read more about her here. And if you've played some poker with HUSTLheR0, you should meet her as well.
Several women stood out in the Women's Sundays early in the year for making two final tables in a very short amount of time. We talked to Pkrbadgirl, Kristiine '88, and Hotjenny314 to find out how they did it. It turns out that Hotjenny314, also known as Katie Dozier, enjoys poker so much that she let us in on one of her Sundays in the "Anatomy of a Sunday Grind" piece, something that will be a regular monthly feature on the blog.
Ladies in Live Events
When February began, players were converging on the French city of Deauville for some wintery poker fun in the EPT tournaments. Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree commented on the growth of ladies events just before the Women's Event started there. The first report from the live action showed that the familiar face of Friend of PokerStars Charlotte Van Brabander made the final table, and the final report revealed that Anais Lerouge ended up winning it for €7,500.
Speaking of Charlotte, her sister Camille also ran deep in the EPT Deauville Women's Event, and the latter wrote about it here. Luckily, she also wrote about some of her other experiences for us, including the story of her online poker birthday gift and appearing on Belgian TV.
Still at the EPT, Team Pro Vanessa Rousso had a great time, which was displayed in her table talk and excitement in this video and a blog post about celebrating her birthday in France. And at the tables, there was much chatter about her big bluff of the tournament, which was discussed here.
Meanwhile, Team Pro Celina Lin ran deep in the 2013 Aussie Millions in Melbourne, and we caught up to her to discuss that tournament, as well as marriage and ambassadorship.
Though PCA was in January, some players were still reflecting on the action there and lessons they learned. No one was better suited to talk about those life lessons than Jen Shahade, who learned to replace alcohol with Open Face Chinese Poker and to follow the adventurous spirit of Vanessa Rousso.
It is nice to get to know our Team Pros off the poker tables, too, and Liv Boeree wrote about being a first-time home buyer here. Vanessa Selbst talked about her not-so-secret passion for cooking, sometimes known as the "kitchen range merge".
Vanessa Rousso opened up to our own Rebekah Mercer about poker, her dual citizenship with France and the United States, and guilty pleasures. And last, but not least, Liv Boeree disclosed her plans for the Vertical Rush, a race she is planning for charity. She and a team of four other Team Pros will run up 920 steps to help the homeless in London.
On that note, thanks for following us throughout the month of February. We have big plans for March, so stay tuned!
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Jennifer Newell is a PokerStars freelance contributor.