Wed, Jul 12, 12:58pm by Staff Writer
Tasmania’s Heidi May outlasted a field of 717 entrants to become the second Australian female to taste World Series of Poker success in the $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship at the Rio Convention centre in Las Vegas.
The 27-year-old, turned pro in 2013 after working in the field of senior and disability care. Primarily, she is a high-stakes online cash-game specialist, so this win may be the start of something new for the Hobart native.
May becomes the second Aussie woman to claim a WSOP win after Jackie Glazer achieved that feat in 2013. The win earns her $135,098, which is by far the biggest win of her career, and takes her total event earnings to $170,474.
Wearing a psychedelic, long-sleeved shirt, the crowd-favourite entered heads-up with Deborah Worley-Roberts carrying a 2.5:1 chip lead, and grinded down her English opponent over 42 hands of heads-up play.
Worley-Roberts took home $83,459, by far the largest cash of her career.
Mike Wattel beat Chris Ferguson in a well-fought heads-up match on Monday (AEST) in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship.
The victory is Wattel’s second World Series of Poker bracelet, following the $1,500 Omaha 8 or Better event that he won in 1999.
Ferguson’s second place position earns him 114 player of the year points, which sees him inch closer to the top of the leader board.
There is plenty of poker to be played in the men’s main event, but the incident that has caught most of the attention was the bizarre shouting match at one of the tables that led to two players being suspended.
Tony Bracy, who finished 38th in last year’s tournament, was involved in a confrontation with Lazaro Hernandez. Bracy received a one round suspension, while Hernandez was banned for three rounds.
PokerNews are reporting that Bracy was unhappy with the fact that Hernandez was on his phone during the event, he then asked the dealer to take control of the game, which led to the confrontation. Both men returned to the table later in the day.
WSOP Player of the Year Standings (as of July 11)
1 John Monnette 865.21
2 John Racener 853.16
3 Chris Ferguson 848.31
4 Ryan Hughes 820.71
5 Raymond Henson 722.86
6 Ben Yu 718.72
7 Daniel Negreanu 717.76
8 Alex Foxen 708.73
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