I recently went and played a televised womens tournament, I was fortunate enough to be sponsored and bought in by Ladbrokes. Here’s how things unfolded…
Women and poker – some male poker players think it’s an easy ride when there is a woman at the same table. After watching the Party Poker Women’s World Open they may change their minds.
I played my PartyPoker.Net World Women’s Open heat last week. Having had a good run recently, I was feeling confident. I got to the studio earlier then scheduled and found Norman Pace watching his wife Beverley on the screen in the green room. She was playing in heat 2.
With a prize pot of $108,000, this tournament had attracted some big names, like Jennifer Tilly, Shannon Elizabeth, UK’s Lucy Rokach, Katherine Hartree to name but a few. Also a great player, my friend, Shelley Rubenstein had played the day before in heat one but had lost out to another friend and Sky Open presenter Kara Scott, who had done a double by winning the celebrity heat the same morning.
As I sat down to watch, two out of the six had already been knocked out. Sitting in the green room waiting for my “turn” it was quite relaxing listening to Jesse’s commentary and his infectious laugh. Shannon Elizabeth was his partner in the commentary box this time and it was good to hear a female’s point of view with regards to the play.
Karen McCaul, girlfriend of Marty Smyth the Irish Open Champion, got heads-up with Beverley Pace after the elimination of Lois Clear, Patricia Li, Karen Frank and Lucy Rokach. Beverley was victorious and became the second contender to the final table.
With my heat ready to start, I got the usual good luck kisses from everyone, including Raj, my husband, who was there to support me, before I went into the baking studio. The air-con had been turned on for a while, but it hadn’t really made much of a difference. Liz Lieu, Jackie Vaswani (wife of Mobster Ram), Michelle Bricknell (a very well known and respected player on the circuit), Claire (daughter of Anthony Hardy or Bookie as he is known and the recent winner of the Party Poker World Open III) and last year’s Party Poker World Open winner, Pippa Flanders, all made their way to the studio with me. These were my opponents.
Play started and within the first couple of rounds, Liz Lieu was down to about 25K from the 100k we had all started with. The structure of these TV tournaments is very tough, and there are only 50 big blinds, so once entered into a pot it needs to be won. Liz went out 1st going all-in with pocket 2s.
After putting up a huge fight and being totally card dead, I went out in 3rd place, leaving Michelle Bricknell and Jackie Vaswani to do heads up battle. Jackie went through to the final table.
Whoever said that women don’t bluff and only bet when they hit don’t know what they are talking about. These women can definitely play and this will be witnessed when the event is televised in November this year on Channel 5.