Monday, January 23, 2012

Event 9 Recap

$350 + $50 Ladies Big Stack NLH

By winning the Ladies Event, Jane was as good as Gold. Jane Gold (Ridgewood, NJ) joins her son Jamie, the 2006 WSOP Main Event Champion, as tournament winners after she nipped Kim Sachse (2nd) and Hallee LoGrasso (3rd) to win her title at the Borgata Winter Poker Open.

"This is my main event," said a beaming Gold while clutching the championship trophy. "Look out Jamie Gold, mama's coming to get you."

Gold, who earned $10,185 for the win, seized the chip lead away from Lana O'Brien by winning a one million chip pot when O'Brien missed a flush draw.  "I was getting the right price to just call instead of shoving," said O'Brien, who won this event while 9 months pregnant in November and was looking for back-to-back titles.

The hand in question came when both players saw a flop of Q♠ 2 6 after Gold called O'Brien's preflop raise. Gold bet less than half the pot with a pair of queens and O'Brien moved all in before missing her flush.  "It's been a long day and fatigue was a factor," said a disappointed O'Brien who lost more than half her stack on the hand and finished fourth.

Also at the final table was Borgata grinder Leanne Rosenblatt (5th) and Stephanie Hubbard (6th) who recorded her 4th career Borgata final table.

Gold wasn't the only player in the field familiar with a WSOP championship as bracelet holders Marsha Wolak and Svetlana Gromenkova were part of the 100 ladies who put up $35,000 in total buy-ins, but neither cashed. Other notable women who failed to reach the money included Nancy Martin, mother of poker pro Michael Martin, Roz Quarto and Sheree Bykofksy.

After 16 hours of poker three woman deserved to be Ladies Champion, but only Gold took home the title. Jane was not letting a golden opportunity slip through her fingers, as her third Borgata cash is the most impressive.

Final Table Results


1 Jane Gold (Ridgewood, NJ) $10,185
2 Kim Sachse (Baltimore, MD) $5,602
3 Hallee LoGrasso (Vorhees, NJ) $3,225
4 Lana O'Brien (Englishtown, NJ) $2,716
5 Leanne Rosenblatt (Brigantine, NJ) $2,037
6 Stephanie Hubbard (Hazlet, NJ) $1,698
7 Lynne Mitchnick (North Bergen, NJ) $1,358
8 Karen Perez (Chalfont, NY) $1,019
9 Ivonne Hernandez (Holbrook, NY) $764
10 Jaye Morris (Church Road, VA) $679

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