Kristen Bicknell wins Ladies’ Event #51

Kristen Bicknell Wins Ladies' Event 2013
Kristen Bicknell Wins Ladies' Event 2013

Kristen Bicknell

The only World Series of Poker tournament dedicated exclusively to ladies has ended, with Kristen Bicknell finishing in first place. This is the first gold bracelet that the Canadian player wins and attends for her country, with the $173,922 prize being just a bonus that goes nicely with WSOP glory.

Kristen had the fifth largest stack at the beginning of Day 3 and gradually increased it from 300,000 chips to a total of almost 3 million. She didn’t cause any eliminations but was responsible for crippling Vanessa Selbst after the professional poker player lost two sizeable pots to her with great starting hands. Selbst was among the first poker pros to be eliminated from WSOP Event #51: $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship with a quick succession of hands causing her downfall:

Day 3 began with the final table and Cindy Kerslake failed to increase her tiny stack and was the first to leave the tournament. Day one chip leader Chris Priday reclaimed the lead for a brief period of time after going all in with A-K against pocket sixes to win and eliminate Connie Bruce. Two more players were also sent to the rail before previous chip leader Shana Matthews got pot committed with a seemingly strong hand but failed to improve it.

By the time three handed play began, it was fairly obvious that Julie Monsacre had no chance of qualifying for the heads up as she had just 11 big blinds left. Kristen Bicknell sent her home in third and then focused her attention on Leanne Haas, the last woman standing between her and the coveted World Series of Poker bracelet. Kristen was dealt A-K on a flop featuring the King of hearts and called her opponent’s all in to win the pot with a better kicker.

Bicknell took home $173,000 and the WSOP jewelry, while the other eight players had to settle for financial rewards:

  1. Kristen Bicknell – 173,922
  2. Leanne Haas – 107,616
  3. Julie Monsacre – 67,331
  4. Shana Matthews – 48,871
  5. Connie Bruce – 36,078
  6. Eleanor Gudger – 27,045
  7. Amanda Baker – 20,572
  8. Chris Priday – 15,858
  9. Cindy Kerslake – 12,389
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