PCA 2012: Tough field for Ladies event
A total of 75 women registered today at the beginning of the PokerStars Women Live tournament here at the PCA in the Bahamas. Members of Team PokerStars Pro sat down at the tables including Vanessa Rousso, Vanessa Selbst, Liv Boeree, Fatima Moreira De Melo, and Ana Marquez. Team PokerStars Online's Adrienne Rowsome rounded out the pro line-up. In addition, there were numerous other well-known players in the field. Jan Combes, the winner of the PokerStars Women Live event in London is here today, along with Kathy Hong, Allyn Shulman, our own Jennifer Shahade, and many others too numerous to mention.
The winner of today's event will take home $25,460 and a trophy, along with memories to last a lifetime. For instance, there is the story about Johanna Nordberg and how she found herself here today. Her husband, pro Björn Nordberg wanted her to learn the game so he posted her entry fee for today's tournament as a Christmas present. Johanna had never played a live event before today and normally plays micro limit tournaments on PokerStars. She has played the game mainly for fun and has never been serious enough about it to learn the nuances of betting and strategy. But today changed all that. She got an in-depth training session sitting on the left of Erika Moutinho (29th place in the 2010 WSOP Ladies Event) and Fatima Moreira De Melo.
When we talked earlier today she was struggling and told me that she had had some really good hands but none of them were panning out. She joked that maybe some bad hands was what she needed. A little before the break, her chip stack had improved and she was still in holding her own against some of the toughest competition anywhere. She must have started getting some of those bad hands because she is one of the remaining 39 players still in at the dinner break. Some of the players who have exited today include Fatima Moriera De Melo, Liv Boeree, and Erika Moutinho.
And then there's the story of Liv Boeree's exit and the prop bet that ensued. She and Vanessa Rousso agreed to a last longer bet that guaranteed the loser would sing the Star Spangled Banner over the intercom system before the end of the PCA. Details to come on this. All I can tell you now is that Liv didn't look very happy when she was telling the media folks about it.
Play is now resuming after the dinner break and now seems to be a good time to announce the pay-outs for today's tournament.