January was a very exciting month for PokerStars Women, starting with the launch of the PokerStars Women's Club and including Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst winning the PCA High Roller tournament to climb to the top of the all-time female poker tournament earnings list.
The PokerStars Women's Club was in the works for some time as a way to include more women, welcome them to the tables, and offer more chances to win. It officially launched on January 7 with a freeroll and chocolates giveaway (the chocolates are on the way, folks!).
The weekly prizes for Club players allow players to compete without making a month-long commitment to all of the tournaments. There are several levels from which to choose, from play money to the $1.10 offering of the Spades level, with Diamonds and Hearts in between. The Sunday Club freerolls are the culmination of a week's work and rewards players with several offerings for each level. Players are already getting used to the new schedule, and we welcome all of the female players to give it a try.
There are even more women's tournaments on PokerStars in 2013. The Women's Tuesday continues to be a hit and a staple on many players' calendars. That is a weekly event that offers a $1K guarantee for the $11 buy-in No Limit Hold'em 6-Max tournament.
New on the schedule is the Women's Daily Special. There are two opportunities for this tournament, which is also a NLHE 6-Max but only costs $5.50. The 6:00 ET has a $250 guarantee, and the 14:00 ET has a $500 guarantee. There are satellites available for each one, and all can be found in pink colors under the "All" section under the "Tourney" tab. These are growing in popularity in a very short period of time.
And as always, the Women's Sunday is the big event of the week. Satellites run throughout the week and on Sunday prior to the 14:30 ET start time, or players can buy in for $55 to compete in the NLHE event. The participation of any member of Team PokerStars brings bounties into the action, as each Pro has a $50 bounty on her head. The $10K guarantee is also a bonus. For the month of January, these were the stats and winners:
Prize pool: $11,600
Winner: Chuperak BG (Serbia) - $2,372.20
Prize pool: $11,200
Winner: alfaromea (Ukraine) - $2,290.40
Prize pool: $11,650
Winner: kry19kry (Russia) - $2,382.53
Prize pool: $11,850
Winner: AATaschAA (Germany) - $2,423.43
Pros from PCA and more
One of the biggest live tournament series of the year is the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, and many of the PokerStars Team members headed to the Bahamas to start the year with some of the 40 tournament offerings.
The first news to emerge from the PCA was that of Team Pro Vanessa Selbst's engagement to her longtime girlfriend. From there, she went on to play the $25K High Roller event and won it for more than $1.4 million. She wrote about her 2012 and the start of her 2013 here. But even more than that, by finishing fifth or higher in that High Roller, which she obviously did, she became the winningest female tournament poker player in the world, surpassing Kathy Liebert. Her victory in that PCA event took her over the $7 million mark for live tournament earnings in her relatively short poker career thus far, and our own Rebekah Mercer talked to her about that ... and more.
More success was had at the PCA as Team Online's Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome won an event for the second year in a row. This year, she took down the Triple Stud event for another trophy. After the Bahamian festivities were over, she also talked to us about her favorite game of Omaha. As more women begin to explore other poker variations, Adrienne had some memories to share and advice to give to those considering Omaha.
The PCA featured the annual Women's Event, and this year was another big success, especially for winner Corina Lupascu of Romania. She won the event and planned to use the money to help get a United States visa, and third place finisher Valerie Jensen was set to donate her money to charity. Read about the event and click through to links from tournament updates published at the PCA.
Team Pro Vanessa Rousso enjoyed the PCA, as she had in the past and explained here. Part of her Bahamas experience included combining her love of music, new side work as a DJ, and poker. So, she was one of the DJs at the massive PokerStars party at the PCA, which she talked about here.
Team SportStars member Fatima Moreira de Melo took some time to discuss her recent experience as the winner of Benelux Survivor, which affected her life, including the parts that include poker. She talked about the intersection here.
And finally, Friend of PokerStars Charlotte "Sjlot" Van Brabander penned an article about poker and gaming as art. It makes you think, no?
February is already in motion, and we'll be watching everything from the EPT to the Women's Sunday to bring you the news and views from PokerStars Women.
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Jennifer Newell is a PokerStars freelance contributor.