WSOP Main Event: Comma a woman

wsop2009_thn.gifMuch as we'd like it to be the case, we can't pretend that PokerStars Blog is the only media outlet covering the World Series Main Event. And although we are without any question whatsoever the best*, we can happily doff our cap at some of the others perched on media row, particularly those true originals over at Wicked Chops Poker, who unashamedly and gleefully focus their attentions on a particular subsection of the poker-playing world: women. And who can blame them. It's what the internet is all about.

For this post, PokerStars blog owes something of a debt of honour to Wicked Chops as we too are sharpening our sights onto the women remaining in today's field, in particular the PokerStars player Nichoel Peppe, who is the larger stacked (damn, no euphemism intended) of the remaining two women in the field. Peppe is a professional cash game player, most regularly to be found around the tables of the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles. But by her own admission, she owes an awful lot to PokerStars and one of our most esteemed ambassadors for her poker career: "I watched Chris Moneymaker's win and I was hooked," said Peppe in a recent interview with another of our media colleagues, Aaron Hendrix of Poker Works.

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Nichoel Peppe


For the early stages of day six, the ESPN producers had also decided to pretty-up their coverage of this year's Main Event by making the secondary feature table that featuring both Peppe and Leo Margets, also a woman. For the first level, Peppe had the attentions of television land as well as the Amazon Room focused on her, and they will have seen precisely why she is still remaining so deep in this tournament. Sitting with about 1.5 million, Peppe was comfortably placed on her table, and had her radar working just fine.

Paul Smith, the table short stack, made a pre-flop raise to about 40,000, which Peppe called. The flop came [10s]3♣J♦ and after Peppe checked, Smith moved all in for his last 250,000-odd. Peppe pondered for a while, counted out some chips, pondered some more, then made the call. She showed 4♣4♦ and Smith was the first to congratulate her judgment with a nod of appreciation as he tabled A♥Q♦. The turn was the 5♠, good for Peppe and bad for Smith, but fortunes turned full circle on the river: Q♣ giving Smith the bigger pair and the double-up to stay alive.

"That was a good call," shouted a spectator from the gallery.
"That was a great call," re-raised another.

Peppe sighed and glanced up to the gallery from where her husband, Tad Jergens, has been watching the action.

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Tad Jergens

They exchanged words and then Peppe was back to the action. There's plenty more in this story yet to be told.

* This is a subjective opinion.**
** Although it's right.*

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ELIMINATION OF THE HOUR I

Thierry van den Berg is out. He celebrated his promotion to the Team PokerStars Pro: Holland with his third consecutive Main Event cash, but he will go no further. He is out in 138th place after a missed flush draw.

ELIMINATION OF THE HOUR II

The table of doom has claimed its first victim. The PokerStars qualifier Nasr El Nasr has taken his leave from the Phillips/Tran/Hachem/Eastgate party.

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CHIPPED UP POKERSTARS PLAYER OF THE HOUR

Bernhard Perner who has 3,040,000

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OUT OF CONTEXT QUOTE OF THE HOUR

"Come on fat kid!" -- Railbird to unknown player in Main Event.

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CELEBRITY SIGHTING OF THE HOUR

"Is that Antonio Esteban?" - Esfandiari sighting from the rail.

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POINTLESS STATISTIC OF THE HOUR

Players on table 20: 8
Players on table 20 with their hood up: 5

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LATEST THING TO BE DISMANTLED IN THE AMAZON ROOM OF THE HOUR

Following the table lights, the advertisement hoardings are now on their way out.