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Event #70: $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship

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Blinds 12,000 / 24,000
Ante 4,000

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Event #70: $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship
Day 3 Completed

Heidi May Captures Her First Bracelet in Event #70: $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship

ElleSriracha • Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante
Heidi May
Heidi May

In just three short hours and 124 hands today, Australia's Heidi May locked up the title in Event #70: $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship for her biggest career cash worth $135,098.

May defeated a worthy competitor in Deborah "Debs the Destroyer" Worley-Roberts, with both players having extremely vocal and supportive rails. In the final hand, Worley-Roberts moved all in for her last 20 big blinds and May snap-called. Worley-Roberts held king-jack off-suit while May tabled pocket tens in a coinflip scenario. May flopped a full house, tens full of deuces, and Worley-Roberts found herself drawing dead after the turn.

Worley-Roberts has almost doubled her career earnings after this runner-up finish, amassing close to $200,000 in cashes and logging her best result today. It was clear that she was one of the fan-favorites with her vocal rail and constant cheering from late on Day 2 yesterday.

May is certainly a decorated player in her own right and a well-loved member of the Australian community. She had a massive and vocal rail also, with the two players' friends and family building a friendly rivalry in the crowd. May is a 27-year-old professional poker player from Tasmania, Australia, who has been playing for a living for about four years now. She mostly plays higher stakes cash games and online tournaments, but has recently started to mix in live tournaments. May explained that she learned how to play when she was 18 years old in university, and previously worked as a support worker in age-care and disability. She still occasionally works when she's at home, but her focus is mostly on poker.

"I'm feeling pretty happy," said a smiling May in her bright, multi-colored "disco shirt." "The disco shirt. It's our house shirt. Every time someone makes a final table we wear it," she explained. The members of May's house have now made four final tables this series while wearing the shirt, and she is the first to snag a bracelet in it. They've had two wins in the Aussie Millions in the past.

May's biggest win before this one was around $32,000 in an online tournament. "It feels really good to finally close one out, especially after having a few deep runs and not closing. I think in the other tournaments I got really unlucky. This time, I ran really well." She has had five cashes at the WSOP this summer, including this win and a deep run in Event #33: $1,500 No Limit Hold'em, finishing in 28th place for $9,683. May's lifetime earnings totaled just over $100,000 before this win, and she has more than doubled that now.

With all of the talk about women in poker as of late, May explained how she feels "a bit indifferent" toward the topic. "It's a really nice environment. It's non-threatening and stuff. When you come to a table and it's all these guys that stare you down in hoodies and stuff, it's a little bit too serious for some people." She went on to explain that she had a great time playing with the ladies and she "enjoyed playing against Deb. She's really funny."

Final Table Results

PositionPlayerCountryPrize
1Heidi MayAustralia$135,098
2Deborah Worley-RobertsUnited Kingdom$83,459
3Jana de la CerraUnited States$57,930
4Julie DangUnited States$40,843
5Katherine AnsorgeUnited States$29,256
6Alexis SternerUnited States$21,298
7Tiffany LeeUnited States$15,760
8Meg ZampinoUnited States$11,858
9Karen HodgeUnited States$9,075

Many notable ladies finished in the money in this event, including Allison Schultz (10th - $7,066), Wendy Weissman (20th - $3,710), Fatima Nanji (23rd - $3,710), Amanda Sizemore (24th - $3,710), Lexy Gavin (28th - $3,104), Amanda Baker (43rd - $2,647), Lynn Gilmartin (49th - $2,301), Vanessa Selbst (56th - $2,040), Kimberly Mcclymont (60th - $2,040), Julie Cornelius (77th - $1,703), and Mina Greco (99th - $1,545).

Some of the players that were unable to get anything going in this event included Kristen Bicknell, Jessica Dawley, Karina Jett, Loni Harwood, Fatima Moreira de Melo, Safiya Umerova, Jess Welman, Liv Boeree, Melissa Gillett, Annette Obrestad, Jackie Glazier, Jennifer Shahade, Ebony Kenney, Cindy Kerslake, Melanie Weisner, Celina Lin, Brittany Paige, Marsha Wolack, Linglin Zeng, Gaelle Baumann, Jamie Kerstetter, Ruth Hall, Molly Mossey, Natalia Breviglieri, Kelly Minkin, Sofia Lovgren, and Kitty Kuo.

Final Table Action

The unofficial final table was reached shortly after the final break of the night on Day 2 when Karen Sortin busted to Worley-Roberts in 11th place ($7,066) with ace-king against Worley-Roberts' pocket tens and couldn't improve. The next two levels were played at a feature table in the Amazon room, and they lost five more players before play concluded for the night.

The first casualty at the final table was Allison Schultz who busted in tenth place ($7,066) after rivering a set of eights and losing most of her chips to Alexis Sterner. Sterner had flopped a set of nines and won that pot. Schultz busted the next hand, and the official final table was born.

Karen Hodge was the next one out when she got all her chips in preflop with pocket queens against Tiffany Lee's pocket aces. Hodge flopped a set of queens, but Lee found a jack on the turn to give her Broadway to eliminate Hodge. Hodge finished in ninth place for a payout of $9,075. Meg Zampino was the eighth-place finisher ($11,858). Zampino three-bet shoved with ace-four suited in the big blind and was called by De la Cerra who had ace-king. Zampino flopped a flush draw, but could not get there.

The next one out was Tiffany Lee. Lee was all in several times with two tables remaining and kept doubling up. She continued that trend at the final table as well, until she ran ace-queen off-suit in the small blind into Sterner's aces on the button and couldn't find a miracle to stay alive. Lee earned $15,760 for her seventh-place finish. Sterner was the last elimination of the evening on Day 2. She finished in sixth place after getting her stack in with king-queen in the small blind against Heidi May's ace-queen in the big blind. They both made a full house but May's queens full of aces was best and Sterner hit the rail, taking home $21,298 for her deep run.

The final five players came back for Day 3 today, Sunday, at noon to play down to a winner, continuing with 30 minutes left in Level 21.

May came in to the day leading the final five players with almost half of the chips in play. It was Katie Ansorge who came in to the day as the shortest stack and ended up falling in fifth place ($29,256) as the first casualty of the day. She had lost most of her chips in an earlier hand, flipping with deuces against Julie Dang's king-queen off-suit. Dang turned a straight and Ansorge was eventually forced to move in with ten-three of hearts. De la Cerra held king-deuce of hearts and flopped top pair to send Ansorge to the rail.

Thirty hands later, Dang appeared to make a play for the big blind and shoved with ten-three off-suit from the small blind. Unfortunately for her, Worley-Roberts decided to go with king-queen and flopped a pair of queens to eliminate Dang in fourth place for a payday worth $40,843.

By the first break of the day, Worley-Roberts had two-thirds of the chips in play with May sitting in second and De la Cerra having the short stack. As soon as the three ladies came back, May pushed the action and ended up taking over the chip lead in just five short hands. She flopped trips with a better kicker than Worley-Roberts and got paid on the river.

The tides turned drastically and May ended up flipping with ace-king suited against De la Cerra's pocket eights. The flop came ace high and De la Cerra would have to settle for third place for a nice payday worth $57,930.

Heads-up play lasted 43 hands, but it went quickly because the two ladies were making very fast decisions. Worley-Roberts was in shoving mode after May chipped away, and eventually lost a final flip to finish as runner-up in this event after a hard-fought battle.

As always, thank you for following along as PokerNews brought you all of the live coverage in this event!

Heidi May

Tags: Alexis SternerAllison SchultzHeidi MayJana de la CerraKaren HodgeMargaret ZampinoTiffany Lee

Deborah Worley-Roberts Eliminated in 2nd Place ($83,459)

ElleSriracha • Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante
Deborah Worley-Roberts
Deborah Worley-Roberts

Hand #219: Deborah Worley-Roberts moved all in for her last 500,000 and Heidi May snap-called.

Worley-Roberts tabled {k-Diamonds}{j-Spades}, at risk and flipping with May's {10-Hearts}{10-Clubs}.

The flop came {10-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} and May took a commanding lead with a full house, tens full of deuces. The turn was the {6-Hearts} and Worley-Roberts was left drawing dead to the {3-Spades} on the river.

Worley-Roberts is the runner-up in Event #70: $10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship for $83,459.

Heidi May au 3,600,000 500,000
Deborah Worley-Roberts gb Busted

Tags: Heidi MayDeborah Worley-Roberts

Hands #214-218: Shove, Shove, Shove

ElleSriracha • Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

Hand #214: Heidi May raised to 55,000 and got no action.

Hand #215: May got a walk.

Hand #216: May limped in, Deborah Worley-Roberts moved all in, and May folded.

Hand #217: Worley-Roberts moved all in and May tank-folded.

Hand #218: May limped in, Worley-Roberts moved all in, and May folded

Heidi May au 3,100,000 400,000
Deborah Worley-Roberts gb 500,000 -400,000

Tags: Deborah Worley-RobertsHeidi May

Hands #210-213: May Going Strong

simkha • Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

Hand #210: Heidi May raised to 50,000 from the button, Deborah Worley-Roberts three-bet to 150,000 from the big blind, and May called. The flop came {8-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}, Worley-Roberts bet 150,000, May shoved, and Worley-Roberts folded.

Hand #211: Worley-Roberts moved all in from the button and May folded.

Hand #212: May raised to 55,000 from the button and Worley-Roberts called from the big blind. The flop came {7-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}, Worley-Roberts checked, May bet 65,000, and Worley-Roberts folded.

Hand #213: Worley-Roberts called from the button and May raised to 74,000 from the big blind. Worley-Roberts called and the flop came {8-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{4-Spades}. May bet 100,000 and Worley-Roberts folded.

Tags: Heidi MayDeborah Worley-Roberts

Level:
24
Blinds:
12,000/24,000
Ante:
4,000

Hands #202-209: May Extends Her Lead

ElleSriracha • Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante
Heads up
Heads up

Hand #202: Heidi May raised to 50,000 and Deborah Worley-Roberts called. The flop came {a-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}, Worley-Roberts checked, May bet 60,000, and Worley-Roberts folded.

Hand #203: May got a walk.

Hand #204: May raised to 50,000, Worley-Roberts three-bet to 225,000, and May mucked.

Hand #205: Worley-Roberts raised to 40,000 and May called. The flop came {j-Spades}{9-Hearts}{9-Clubs} and both players checked to the {7-Clubs} on the turn. May checked, Worley-Roberts bet 65,000, and May folded

Hand #206: May raised to 50,000 and Worley-Roberts called. The flop came {10-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{2-Hearts} and Worley-Roberts check-folded to a bet of 60,000 from May.

Hand #207: Worley-Roberts raised to 40,000, May three-bet to 140,000, and Worley-Roberts folded.

Hand #208: May raised to 40,000 and Worley-Roberts called. The flop came {q-Hearts}{j-Spades}{4-Diamonds} and both players checked to the {6-Diamonds} on the turn. Worley-Roberts bet 75,000 and May called. The river was the {10-Clubs} and Worley-Roberts bet 150,000. May called. Worley-Roberts tabled {7-Hearts}{5-Hearts} for seven high and May showed {j-Hearts}{6-Clubs} for two pair.

Hand #209: May got a walk.

Heidi May au 2,700,000 400,000
Deborah Worley-Roberts gb 900,000 -400,000

Tags: Deborah Worley-RobertsHeidi May

Hands #194-201: Heidi May Stays Aggressive

simkha • Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

Hand #194: Heidi May raised from the button and won the pot uncontested.

Hand #195: Deborah Worley-Roberts raised to 40,000 from the button and May called from the big blind. The flop came {9-Spades}{5-Clubs}{2-Clubs} and both players checked. The turn brought the {10-Hearts}, May bet 75,000, and Worley-Roberts folded.

Hand #196: May raised to 50,000 from the button and won the pot uncontested.

Hand #197: May got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #198: May raised to 50,000 from the button and Worley-Roberts called from the big blind. The flop came {10-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{5-Spades}, Worley-Roberts bet 75,000, and May folded.

Hand #199: Worley-Roberts called from the button and May checked her option. The flop came {A-Spades}{J-Diamonds}{3-Hearts} and both players checked. The turn brought the {Q-Clubs} and May checked. Worley-Roberts bet 60,000 and May folded.

Hand #200: May raised to 50,000 from the button and won the pot uncontested.

Hand #201: Deborah Worley-Roberts opened from the button and won the pot uncontested.

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Hands #186-193: Deborah Worley-Roberts Chips Up

ElleSriracha • Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante
Deborah Worley-Roberts
Deborah Worley-Roberts

Hand #186: Heidi May raised to 50,000 and Deborah Worley-Roberts called. The flop came {6-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{4-Clubs}, Worley-Roberts checked, May bet 65,000, and Worley-Roberts called. The turn was the {4-Diamonds} and both players checked to the {5-Clubs} on the river. Worley-Roberts bet 75,000 and May called. Worley-Roberts tabled {k-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} but May showed {a-Spades}{6-Hearts} to scoop the pot.

Hand #187: Worley-Roberts moved all in and got no action.

Hand #188: May raised to 60,000 and Worley-Roberts folded

Hand #189: Worley-Roberts raised to 110,000 and May mucked.

Hand #190: May raised to 50,000 and Worley-Roberts called. The flop came {10-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{5-Clubs}, Worley-Roberts bet 100,000, and May folded.

Hand #191: Worley-Roberts raised to 45,000 and May called. The flop came {k-Spades}{10-Hearts}{6-Clubs} and May check-called a bet of 80,000 from Worley-Roberts. The turn was the {8-Clubs} and both players checked to the {k-Diamonds} on the river. May checked, Worley-Roberts bet 150,000, and May called. Worley-Roberts tabled {k-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} for trip kings and May mucked. Worley-Roberts celebrated with her rail.

Hand #192: May raised to 50,000, Worley-Roberts three-bet to 200,000, and May folded.

Hand #193: Worley-Roberts raised to 40,000 and May called. The flop came {a-Hearts}{j-Hearts}{9-Hearts} and May check-called a bet of 65,000 from Worley-Roberts. The turn was the {8-Diamonds} and both players checked to the {7-Diamonds} on the river. Both players checked again. May tabled {9-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} for a pair of nines but Worley-Roberts showed {j-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} for a pair of jacks and took down the pot.

Heidi May au 2,300,000 -300,000
Deborah Worley-Roberts gb 1,300,000 300,000

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Hands #178-185: Heidi May Applying Pressure

simkha • Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

Hand #178: Heidi May raised to 45,000 and won the pot uncontested.

Hand #179: May got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #180: May called from the button and Deborah Worley-Roberts checked her option. The flop came {6-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{2-Hearts} and Worley-Roberts check-called a bet of 25,000 from May. The turn brought the {Q-Spades} and Worley-Roberts checked. May bet what looked like 75,000 and Worley-Roberts called. The river was the {7-Spades} and Worley-Roberts checked. May started to reach for betting chips but Worley-Roberts had already sent her cards into the muck before she could move them foward.

Hand #181: May got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #182: May raised to 60,000 from the button, Worley-Roberts three-bet to 270,000, and May folded.

Hand #183: Worley-Roberts raised to 40,000 from the button and won the pot uncontested.

Hand #184: May called from the button, Worley-Roberts checked her option, and the flop came {A-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{4-Hearts}. Worley-Roberts checked, May bet 25,000, and Worley-Roberts called. The turn brought the {J-Diamonds} and both players checked. The river was the {4-Spades} and action checked through again. May tabled {8-Spades}{5-Hearts} for a pair of eights and it was good enough to win the pot.

Hand #185: Deborah Worley-Roberts raised to 40,000 from the button and Heidi May called. The flop came {10-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} and May check-called a bet of 40,000 from Worley-Roberts. The turn brought the {8-Spades} and both players checked. The {J-Diamonds} fell on the river, May bet 100,000, and Worley-Roberts folded.

Tags: Heidi MayDeborah Worley-Roberts