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Top 10 Stories of 2012: #9, Baumann and Hille Bubble WSOP Main Event Final Table

Hille and Baumann The Amazon Room had a different feel than usual at the start of Day 7 of the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event. Unlike past years, the final 27 was devoid of a well-known high-stakes superstar that would capture the lure of the casual poker fan. No Phil Ivey. No Michael Mizrachi. No Ben Lamb. Still, there was one key storyline grabbing the attention of the poker world. Elisabeth Hille and Gaëlle Baumann were still alive, and each were looking to become the first woman to reach the Main Event final table since 1995. Barbara Enright was the last to do it, taking fifth place that year for...

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That two women almost made the final table was big news in itself and deserves being on the list. Poker as an industry really needs women to make the final cut in major tournaments.

"The lucky player is usually the player that knows how much to leave to chance."


Well, they generally do. Just look at Vanessa Selbst, Lucille Cailly, Maria Ho and Amanda Musumeci for example. Only problem is, these events don't get near the attention the WSOP Main Event gets so their success often gets pushed aside. Making a huge splash (final table minimum) of the WSOP Main Event or the Big One for One Drop would do wonders as the mainstream attention from those two events would be huge.

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