Kristen Bicknell is Queen of the poker ladies after she took out the $10,000 WSOP Ladies No Limit Hold’em Championship, winning a Gold Bracelet and $173,922 in the process.
A total of 954 of the top female poker pros in the game took to the felt for the three day event, with the Canadian winning the bracelet after it was all said and done. It was the tenth Gold Bracelet to have been won by a Canadian at the 44th annual WSOP.
Cindy Kerslake was the first lady to be eliminated from the final table, finishing up in ninth place and winning $12,389. She was followed by Chris Priday, who finished in eighth place to win $15,858.
Amanda Baker finished in seventh place after she came second best in a showdown against Bicknell. Eleanor Gudger was knocked of the event in sixth spot after she lost her last hand of the tournament to the eventual runner up, Leanne Haas. Haas’ Pocket Jacks won the hand after Gudger was unable to hit anything on the board with her Ace Queen off suit.
Fifth place went to Connie Bruce, who was eliminated by Bicknell as she claimed yet another final table scalp. Bruce moved all in pre flop with King Jack off suit and was called by Bicknell, who was ahead with Ace Eight off suit. Bicknell hit a pair of Aces on the flop, which was enough to give her the hand while knocking Bruce out of the tournament.
Haas then claimed another final table scalp of her own after she eliminated Shana Matthews from the event. Matthews went all in with Pocket Tens, but they were no match for the Pocket Kings that were held by Haas. Matthews went all in on the turn and was called by Haas, whose Kings were still in front and stayed there after the river, knocking Matthews out in fourth place.
Third place went to Julie Monsacre who was eliminated at the hands of the tournament’s eventual winner. Monsacre, who was short stacked by this point, moved all in pre flopwith King Nine off suit and was called by Bicknell and her Ace Five off suit.
Bicknell hit a pair of Aces on the flop, which put her further in the lead and eventually won her the hand after Monsacre was unable to improve on the turn and the river.
The elimination put Bicknell and Haas in heads-up play, with both players’ stacks being roughly equal when play began. Although this was the case, heads-up play was over after just seven hands, with Bicknell being victorious when it was all over.
In the last hand of the tournament, Bicknell, who had Ace King of Clubs, raised to 40,000 pre flop and was called by Haas, who had King Nine off suit. Both players hit the flop after the King of Hearts was one of the cards shown, but Bicknell had the higher kicker.
That is what proved to be the difference in the event’s final hand, as the turn and river cards were irrelevant to the hand, which meant Bicknell was the last woman sitting in the ladies’ event.