LAPT Vina del Mar: Five of one hundred
Of the 100 players remaining in this event, five are women and a few of them quite decorated players at that. The fairer sex typically can account for perhaps 2-2 1/2 percent of any given tournament field, so at least for this event, the ladies are running rather well.
Shirley Rosario, playing alongside Leo Fernandez earlier today
PokerStars sponsored player Shirley Rosario traveled nearly 6,000 miles from her native Los Angeles to play in Vina del Mar. A mother of two daughters, Rosario is a longtime Southern California pro, who cut her teeth as a prop player at the Bicycle Casino. She arrived in Chile several days early to enjoy the sights and spend time in the capital city of Santiago. Her playing time today has been confined to one table, where she sits confidently and comfortably, having grown her starting stack of 10,000 chips all the way up to 38,000.
Two tables down from Rosario sits Argentina's Veronica Dabul, who first appeared on our radar back at the 2007 WSOP Main Event, where she finished as one of the last women standing. Dabul cashed three times at this year's series, including the Main Event, and went on to finish 16th at the LAPT Punta del Este in Season 1. Ever the fashionista, Dabul's designer sunglasses sit perched atop her head, her perfectly manicured nails shuffling the 28,000 in chips she has accumulated.
Maria Stern is also sitting pretty in the post-dinner hour. Typically a solid, conservative player, she has been extracting chips with abandon this afternoon building a stack that presently sits at 29,000. With dozens of final tables in a career spanning two decades, she's currently the top female money earner on the LAPT, having finished eighth in Season 2's San Jose stop. Stern is also the proud owner of a WSOP bracelet, earned in a 1997 seven-card stud event. Her husband, three-time bracelet winner Max Stern is also among the remaining players in today's event, though at the moment, his wife appears to have him solidly out-chipped.