The day started at 4:00pm with 66 entries generating a prize pool of $6,402, with the top 9 players being paid. When the final table was finally formed, the players decided to make a bubble deal so that all 10 finalists would get paid, with the 10th place finisher receiving $110, which essentially paid back the buy-in. Play was mainly passive, with no explosions taking place. One by one each player was sent to the rail and to the cage to collect their payout.
At 3-handed play, the players asked to have the clock stopped so that they could discuss making a possible deal. The tournament director crunched the numbers and returned to the table to let the 3 players know what the ICM chip chop payouts would be, keeping in mind that 2% of the prize pool had to be left for the eventual winner, and that the tournament must play down to a winner. After giving it some thought, the 3 players decided to continue playing without any deal. Melanie Frisoli was the short stack of the three and eventually exited in 3rd place, collecting $970.
When the heads up action started, Ziva Zagury had a massive chip lead over Lori Sanderson. Ziva asked Lori if she wanted to make a deal, and Lori replied “it’s up to you, since you have most of the chips, why don’t you make a suggestion as to how to make the deal”. In the end, the 2 players couldn’t figure out what would make sense, and, they decided to just play it out.
Although it seemed like it should be a “slam-dunk” for Ziva to win the tournament since she had most of the chips, every time there was an all-in, Lori came out ahead. The play was mostly passive between the 2 players, with most hands being limped pre-flop and only light action post flop, and it ended up being a long lasting affair, taking the better part of 45 minutes to come to a conclusion. Ziva was tired and was hoping that it would end, but Lori just wouldn’t go away and she kept chipping up.
Finally, Ziva decided to start shoving some hands pre-flop, and Lori kept calling, and, winning. On the final hand of play, Ziva picked up a premium hand and shoved. Lori looked at her cards and called instantly.
The hands were tabled.
Lori’s pocket pair held and after the dealer did the counts, Lori had Ziva covered by just a few chips, and just like that, the Ladies Event champion was crowned.
Event #5 (Women’s Event) Champion: Lori Sanderson
The final of hand of play