Event #47: $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship (with a $9,000 discount for women), drew a total of 968 entries, overpassing the 696 entries of last year. Only 261 ladies are still in the running for the top prize of $167,308 and the WSOP gold after 10 levels of play.
Several players were vying for the chip lead in the last couple levels of the night, and Katie Lindsay finished the day among the biggest stacks with 245,600. Lindsay, who already counts 18 WSOP cashes in her career, stayed on an upward slope for most of the day and ended with 120,000 chips. Jill Pike, runner up of the event last year, found a bag at the end of the day for 74,100 as well as Mikiyo Aoki with 97,400 who also finished second of that event in 2014.
For the first time, no men registered the event and 146 ladies will make the money tomorrow, with a min-cash being worth $1,496. Last year's Ladies Event Champion, Jessica Dawley, had to rebuy in the tournament after her pocket kings ran into pocket aces. On her second bullet, Dawley ended up shoving her last seven big blinds in with pocket deuces and was called by Denaa David who held a pair of fours in the hole. She found no help on the board and was sent to the rail, unable to defend her title this year.
Bracelet winner Allyn Shulman stayed at the top of the counts for most of the day and bagged a comfortable stack of 128,400 and so did Kathy Liebert with 80,700. Some other notables to bag were last year's final tablist Molly Mossey (76,700), Maria Lampropulos (70,400), Kelly Minkin (56,400), Ana Marquez (146,000), Kristy Arnett (42,900), and Gaelle Baumann who was short all day and ended with 53,700.
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Shirin Oskooi, the previous Survivor contestant and a new face in the poker world, seated next to Jill Pike for much of the evening, also manages to stay alive and confessed her and Pike bonded and had an amazing time together.
Megan Milburn, who finished fourth in the $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold'em last year, had the surprise to be seated one seat away from her mother Joanne Milburn. Both played the whole day together and both found a bag at the end of the evening with 47,000 for the daughter and 124,300 for the mother.
Several familiar players who were spotted in the field did not survive to the money. Among them were the 2017 Ladies event winner Heidi May, Kitty Kuo, Jacqueline Burkhart, Arianna Son, who recently finished fifth in the $1,000 Double Stack No-Limit Hold'em, Pok Kim, Natalie Teh, Melanie Weisner, Natalie Hof and the two-time bracelet winner Kristen Bicknell.
Loni Harwood, the owner of two gold bracelets and five WSOP rings, took a seat right before the end of the late registration but busted after a few hands of play.
The 261 remaining players will restart Friday at noon local time to play ten more levels with a 15-minute break every two levels and a 60-minute break after the sixth level (≈ 6:30 p.m.).
The PokerNewsLive Reporting team will be providing coverage from the tournament floor until a winner is crowned on Sunday, so keep it here for updates.