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Monday, July 1, 2013
Bicknell wins Ladies Championship

By Andrew Feldman
ESPN.com

For the first time in many years, the Ladies World Championship was all about the ladies. Annual appearances of men in the event led the World Series of Poker staff to change the buy-in to $10,000, with a 90 percent discount for female participants. A strong field of 954 women paid the $1,000, and Kristen Bicknell made her first WSOP cash count as she turned that investment into $173,922 and a WSOP bracelet. Bicknell, 26, has a degree in criminal justice, but she primarily plays the cash games online. She's a Supernova Elite on PokerStars, a coach at UltimateGrinders.com and also has over $250,000 in online tournament earnings.

Kristin Bicknell
Kristin Bicknell won $173,922 with her victory in the 2013 Ladies World Championship.

"It feels really good," Bicknell said to the WSOP after her win. "I have worked really hard in poker the last couple of years. So although I do not think I played exceptional throughout the whole tournament, I ran really well. It still feels like all my hard work paid off."

Bicknell became the 10th Canadian champion of the Series, which is the most any non-American country has obtained in the history of the WSOP.

Shana Matthews entered the final table with the chip lead, and top tournament professional Adam Levy in her corner. She lost her edge during eight-handed play to Bicknell (Q-Q over 8-8) and opened the door for the Canadian pro to coast at the top for the next few eliminations. In a span of 25 hands, half the remaining field was send home: Chris Priday (eighth), Amanda Baker (seventh), Eleanor Gudger (sixth) and Connie Bruce (fifth). Matthews ran 10-10 into Leanne Haas' K-K to fall in fourth, and Bicknell took out Julie Monsacre in third (A-5 over K-9) to force even stacks to start heads-up action.

After a quick-paced final table, the two would battle in a similar fashion for the title. Only six hands into it, Bicknell opened and Haas called. The flop came K-8-3, Bicknell bet and Haas called. A Jack fell on the turn, Bicknell bet, Haas raised and Bicknell called. After a 7 on the river, Haas moved all-in, Bicknell called and showed A-K for the winning hand, as Hass sent her K-9 to the muck, out in second.

"Things got really serious at the final table," Bicknell said. "Yesterday, everyone was nice … but today there was not much talking at the final table. It wasn't like yesterday when everybody was showing pictures and all. Today, everyone had on their game face. … It feels surreal."

The main event is up next for Bicknell where she'll try to become the first woman at the final table since Barbara Enright in 1995. Enright finished 25th in this event.

Other notable finishers include Danielle Andersen (44th), Annie Liu (49th) and Liv Boeree (54th).

Below are the complete results of Event 51 at the 2013 World Series of Poker:

Event 51: Ladies World Championship
Buy-in: $10,000 Men/$1,000 Women
Entries: 954
Prize pool: $858,600
Players in the money: 117

1. Kristen Bicknell ($173,922)
2. Leanne Haas ($107,616)
3. Julie Monsacre ($67,331)
4. Shana Matthews ($48,871)
5. Connie Bruce ($36,078)
6. Eleanor Gudger ($27,045)
7. Amanda Baker ($20,572)
8. Chris Priday ($15,858)
9. Cindy Kerslake ($12,389)
10. Sari Utschen ($9,805)
11. Lynne Beaumont ($9,805)
12. Claire Renaut ($9,805)
13. Sidsel Boesen ($7,864)
14. Sarah Dodson ($7,864)
15. Janet Neuroth ($7,864)
16. Wattana Cruz ($6,387)
17. Tania Mcbride ($6,387)
18. Lara Boutros ($6,387)
19. Ping Wang ($5,254)
20. Garilyn Nelson ($5,254)
21. Laura Bare ($5,254)
22. Mayumi Kaneko ($5,254)
23. Siriwan Sukmekerd ($5,254)
24. Kendra Wray ($5,254)
25. Barbara Enright ($5,254)
26. Minseong Kim ($5,254)
27. Anne Spinetti ($5,254)
28. Helen Wang ($4,387)
29. Marina Adriaans ($4,387)
30. Xiu Deng ($4,387)
31. Susan Ear ($4,387)
32. Debby Perkins ($4,387)
33. Christy Burt ($4,387)
34. Raylene Celaya ($4,387)
35. Vanessa Resendez ($4,387)
36. Lisa Gjaltema ($4,387)
37. Andrea Scott ($3,709)
38. Uyen Phan ($3,709)
39. Lori Smith ($3,709)
40. Joanne Lewis ($3,709)
41. Firhinia Murray ($3,709)
42. Lauren Billings ($3,709)
43. Thuy Pham ($3,709)
44. Danielle Andersen ($3,709)
45. Julia Rea ($3,709)
46. Sally Boyer ($3,168)
47. Crystal Steele ($3,168)
48. Halli Pinson ($3,168)
49. Annie Liu ($3,168)
50. Christina Montemayor ($3,168)
51. Vanessa Sena ($3,168)
52. Viktoriya Gromova ($3,168)
53. Laura Dennison ($3,168)
54. Liv Boeree ($3,168)
55. Elaine Watkins ($2,738)
56. Stacey Sullivan ($2,738)
57. Judith Bielan ($2,738)
58. Freda Lawrence ($2,738)
59. Patricia Kananda ($2,738)
60. Donna Lee ($2,738)
61. Jacqueline Ray ($2,738)
62. Vanessa Kade ($2,738)
63. Esther Taylor ($2,738)
64. Danielle Drury ($2,404)
65. Diana Svensk ($2,404)
66. Michelle Crowther ($2,404)
67. Berta Barnes ($2,404)
68. Ann Shea ($2,404)
69. Charlene Boustead ($2,404)
70. Pamela Field ($2,404)
71. Rosalie Iacovo ($2,404)
72. Sandra Wong ($2,404)
73. Sixiao Li ($2,137)
74. Marsha Wolak ($2,137)
75. Suzanne Poirier ($2,137)
76. Stacie Boehm ($2,137)
77. Sarah Pluard ($2,137)
78. Sandra Baggenstos ($2,137)
79. Patricia Cardner ($2,137)
80. Jennefer Gallenberger ($2,137)
81. Shirley Burnham ($2,137)
82. Koy Saelee ($1,923)
83. Jackie Glazier ($1,923)
84. Melissa Burr ($1,923)
85. Pamela Buzzetto ($1,923)
86. Agnieszka Zawadzka ($1,923)
87. Ting Ho ($1,923)
88. Irina Batorevich ($1,923)
89. Heidi Wadas ($1,923)
90. Sharrol Segal ($1,923)
91. Stephanie Donahue ($1,768)
92. Jessica Mclaughlin ($1,768)
93. Kimberly Lim ($1,768)
94. Dana Castaneda ($1,768)
95. Lisa Vanageatigul ($1,768)
96. Jennifer Miller ($1,768)
97. Glennette Goode ($1,768)
98. Jennifer Pinkas ($1,768)
99. Therese Gronstad ($1,768)
100. Pui Yung ($1,631)
101. Michele Koerner ($1,631)
102. Hermance Blum ($1,631)
103. Kima Kimura ($1,631)
104. Lori Townsend ($1,631)
105. Serena Liu ($1,631)
106. Jinelle Girard ($1,631)
107. Judy Herringdine ($1,631)
108. Did Not Report
109. Patricia Sabo ($1,631)
110. Tamara Tibbles ($1,631)
111. Stephanie Hubbard ($1,631)
112. Kari Alexander ($1,631)
113. Yongmei Sun ($1,631)
114. Shirley Simpson ($1,631)
115. Kelly Peters ($1,631)
116. Van Nguyen ($1,631)
117. Jane Strell ($1,631)