There will be many talented women taking their seats for 'Day Two' of the WSOP. But like their male counterparts, there were many more that failed to clear the WSOP Day One hurdle. This year the WSOP Championship Event held four separate "Day Ones" to accommodate the record breaking field of 8,778 players. Players that survived their Day One, started at noon and played until after 3:00 am, and outlasted 60% of their starting field. The "Day Ones" were brutal affairs that took their toll on amateurs and former WSOP champions, like Erik Seidel, TJ Cloutier and Chris Moneymaker, alike.
There will be two flights of WSOP Day Two, held today and tomorrow. Each Day Two will host some great gal talent, along with a few interesting surprises.
Day Two Flight A will start off with some familiar female faces; perhaps most notably, Annie Duke. People have a similar reaction to Annie as they have to Phil Hellmuth. You either love 'em or hate 'em. I love them for the same reason; what you see is what you get. Annie Duke has no hidden agenda or felt persona. She also incredible an enviable track record going into today's play. Duke has cashed in over two dozen WSOP events in her lifetime, including a WSOP bracelet in the 2004 $2k Omaha hi/lo event. She has also cashed twice in the WSOP Championship event with a 26th place finish in 1994 and a 10th place finish in 2000.
Kristy Gazes will also be taking to the felt today. Kristy is a great all around player, successfully making the transition from cash games to tournament play. Gazes has three WSOP money finishes under her belt, including a final table appearance in the 2001 S.H.O.E event. Her biggest cash by far came last year when she won the Full Tilt tournament at the Wynn against some of the best name pros in the biz. She took down Ted Forrest heads-up to take home a nifty $250,000 payday.
Wendeen Eolis was the first woman ever to cash in the WSOP Championship Event back in 1986 with a 26th place finish. Wendeen is back to challenge history as she vies for another chance to cash twenty years later.
Doyle Brunson and his son Todd failed to survive Day One. Doyle's daughter Pamela Brunson, however, will take the field today. Continuing along the familial front, Shirley Williams will also be among those that battle today. Shirley Williams is the mother of 2004 WSOP Championship 2nd place finisher, David Williams. David will also be playing today, although with a few less chips than his mom.
These are just a few of the talented and notable women in Day Two Flight A. Stay tuned for more on the Flight B women's field and new women's WSOP stories as they unfold.