Women made a huge impact in Season 8 of the European Poker Tour with remarkable accomplishments that included a first-ever final table finish for a woman at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino European Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event. PokerStars qualifier Lucille Cailly made history when she became the first female to do so, but that was just the beginning of an illustrious finish for the French player’s charge at the final table. She would up netting second place in the heads-up battle against Mohsin Charania when her ace-king went down in flames against his pocket queens. Her incredible run netted her €1,050,000 and a standing ovation from onlookers that included the entire field of the PokerStars Women Live Women’s Event and her highly visible and vocal rail bird supporters (mostly male) who donned blond wigs in her support.
But that was only one of the highlights for a whirlwind of significant triumphs for women this season. Team PokerStars Pro Vicky Coren, and Friend of PokerStars Charlotte Van Brabander garnered victories this year. In addition, there were many other noteworthy successes including those of Leo Margets, Melanie Weisner, and others.
Vicky Coren scored another groundbreaking first for women when she won the €5k Heads-Up tournament at the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final, against Melanie Weisner who came in second. The match made history when the two women went head-to-head in the first-ever all female heads-up final battle at the event. It was also significant that all three women who entered the first round (Ana Marquez also played the event) made it into round two, with two of them battling it out for first in the final.
Vicky also finished second in the €1k PokerStars Women Live Women’s Event, with a cash of €10,950 for her efforts. She eventually lost to Leo Margets of Spain, in a volatile heads-up match, but cashes for both events earned her an impressive €69,850. Leo won €16,850 for her championship in the women’s event. She was the last woman standing at last year’s World Series of Poker Main Event, finishing in 27th place with a cash of $352,832. She is a pro player who is a familiar face at tournaments around the world. Other players with strong finishes in the women’s event included Jan Combes, who finished third after a win at the PokerStars Women Live EPT London event last October.
Friend of PokerStars Charlotte Van Brabander made a splash this year won the EPT Berlin €300 Ladies Event in April, besting a field of 27 for a first-place finish worth €3,240. She also did well in the Main Event there with a cash worth € 11,000.
Another player who is getting lots of attention this year is Xuan Liu. She had a great EPT year with her final table finish at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in January with a fourth place finish and a cash of $600,000, which catapulted her live poker earnings to over $1,000,000 in a little over one year.
And who could forget the “take no prisoners approach” of Melanie Weisner this year as she powered through EPT Copenhagen and EPT Madrid Main Events with in-the-money finishes (28th place in both) and a second place finish in the heads-up event at the Grand Final? Weisner was awarded recognition as Heads-Up Player of the Year at the EPT Season 8 awards ceremony that rounded out the Grand Final in Monaco. Look for her again in the upcoming first event of Season 9 in Barcelona, as her award included a full package to the Barcelona event.
Overall, it has been an incredible year for women in poker. We look forward to reporting on more achievements by women in the months to come, so keep up with all the developments by following us here at PokerStars Women.