After she busted the Monster Stack, Haixia Zhang was probably disappointed and did not see things exactly going her way. Regardless, she decided to give a shot to the Ladies Championship, and three days later, she outlived and outplayed the field of 793 players to book not only her first WSOP bracelet, but also her first major tournament final table.
Play stopped yesterday when the final table of nine was formed and these nine returned today to find out who will be taking home the coveted WSOP bracelet. Zhang started the day third in chips, behind Meikat Siu and the dominant chipleader Mikiyo Aoki. This was already a big achievement for the lady who defines herself primarily as “a business owner and a mom”, who doesn’t play that much poker, but things were about to get even better for her.
First one to go from the final table was Patricia Cahill, who was basically tied for the official short-stack of the table with the eight place finisher Stacey Sullivan. After their departure, Zhang claim the chips of Kendra Wray, after pulling of a win with her #ah#9h against Wray’s #ac#jd and sending her to the rail in 7th place.
Persia Bonella finished in 6th place after her flop raising war with Meikat Siu ended up with all her chips in the middle. Bonella had #ac#4c and with the boar reading #4h#6c#6d she was ahead of #ks#qs of Siu, but Siu caught a Queen on the turn and King on the river to send her packing.
Patty Landis probably had the biggest rail today, including the virtual one on the Twitter. Landis is well known as Daniel Negreanu’s personal assistant and KidPoker was rooting for her to win this one. It wouldn’t happen however, as her tournament was cut short when she jammed her pocket Sixes into pocket Tens of Aoki. Fifth place finish earned Patty $33,279.
Zhang managed to eliminate another player after her #ad#2d caught up against pocket Treys of Elizabeth Montizanti who was sent to the rail in 4th place, picking up $44,770 for her efforts. However, Aoki made sure not to fall to far behind, as she took claim on Meikat Siu’s chips, getting her to commit her chips drawing dead on the turn. Siu’s third place finish was worth $61,114.
So the two ladies started their bracelet battle nearly even in chips, with Zhang holding only a slight advantage. But about an hour and a half later, after raking in a big pot with the made straight against Mikiyo Aoki’s two pair, Zhang had her opponent all in and ahead.
Aoki shoved from the button, holding #jd#7d and Zhang made the call with #as#6s and five cards later, neither of them caught anything. This meant that the best hand held up and Mikiyo Aoki was the runner up, earning $94,800.
Haixia Zhang was the winner, claiming not only the bracelet but very respectable $153,470 first place money to go with it. Another Ladies Championship was in the books and another lady claimed her WSOP bracelet!