Zhang wins Ladies Championship

Updated: June 30, 2014, 2:52 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

As the owner of a staffing company, Haixia Zhang knows that she needs to make the best decisions at all times to make sure that the right employees are working at the right places. The same can be said about her poker game, which, when filled with challenging decisions, demonstrates a brilliant sense of owning her approach and allocating her assets. Zhang admitted she doesn't play a ton of poker, but she easily fooled the field of 793 who watched her dominate and win her first WSOP bracelet on Sunday in Las Vegas.

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WSOPBusiness owner Haixia Zhang won the 2014 WSOP Ladies Championship.

"I'm in complete awe. It's unreal," Zhang said to the WSOP. "I'm just glad to be here, let alone win it."

After failing to make it through Day 1 of the record-setting Monster Stack event, Zhang bought into the Ladies Championship looking for her first WSOP cash. Three days later, she earned $153,470 and the admiration of many including her husband and two children.

Zhang entered the final table third in chips behind Mikiyo Aoki and Meikat Siu. She chipped up and moved into the chip lead after eliminating Patricia Cahill in ninth (K-K > A-8), then Kendra Wray in seventh (A-9 > A-J), but still faced a real challenge in Aoki, who had a tough run of luck during the event's final stage. Aoki eliminated the Daniel Negreanu-assisted Patty Landis in fifth, and Zhang knocked out five-time WSOP casher Elizabeth Montizanti in fourth, leaving a final three that many expected from the onset of action. Aoki lost her lead to Zhang during three-handed play, but took out Siu to force nearly even stacks to begin heads-up action.

The finale lasted only 10 hands and turned in Zhang's favor after a turned straight also made Aoki two pair. On the final hand, Zhang's A-6 held against Aoki's J-7.

"I'm a business owner and a mom, and I really don't play poker that much," she said. "But I definitely will be coming back next year."

Other notable finishers included Xuan Liu (11th) and Melanie Weisner (26th).

Below are the complete results of Event 53 at the 2014 World Series of Poker:

Event 53: Ladies Championship
Buy-in: $10,000 (men), $1,000 (women)
Entries: 793
Prize pool: $713,700
Players in the money: 81

1. Haixia Zhang ($153,470)
2. Mikiyo Aoki ($94,800)
3. Meikat Siu ($61,114)
4. Elizabeth Montizanti ($44,770)
5. Pat Landis ($33,279)
6. Persia Bonella ($25,072)
7. Kendra Wray ($19,120)
8. Stacey Sullivan ($14,752)
9. Patricia Cahill ($11,504)
10. Karen Cameron ($9,078)
11. Xuan Liu ($9,078)
12. Stacey Vaughn ($9,078)
13. Siriwan Sukmekerd ($7,322)
14. Sherry Dixon ($7,322)
15. Heidi Rhodes ($7,322)
16. Charlet Molique ($5,888)
17. Richele Johnston ($5,888)
18. Shena Mckirdy ($5,888)
19. Randy Rusnell ($4,817)
20. Shana Davis ($4,817)
21. Debbie Mitchell ($4,817)
22. Joan Goyette ($4,817)
23. Pamela Caravan ($4,817)
24. Gwendoline Laurent ($4,817)
25. Karen Novotny ($4,817)
26. Melanie Weisner ($4,817)
27. Daphne Barr ($4,817)
28. Tonia Williams ($3,961)
29. Patrizia Comencini ($3,961)
30. Krystal Javier ($3,961)
31. Oksana Jancevic ($3,961)
32. Erika Weinstein ($3,961)
33. Lyra Vance ($3,961)
34. Chanel Crawford ($3,961)
35. Rita Baumer ($3,961)
36. Janira Belmiro ($3,961)
37. Wendy Going ($3,311)
38. Cassandra Johnson ($3,311)
39. Lisa Santy ($3,311)
40. Khou Fang ($3,311)
41. Darlene Lee ($3,311)
42. Joan Short ($3,311)
43. Janis Numan ($3,311)
44. Vanessa Lackey ($3,311)
45. Krista Gifford ($3,311)
46. Yongmei Sun ($2,776)
47. Jenna Diaz ($2,776)
48. Victoria Larkin ($2,776)
49. Glennette Goode ($2,776)
50. Vanessa Ames ($2,776)
51. Tatiana Barausova ($2,776)
52. Jacqueline Walker ($2,776)
53. Wendy Davis ($2,776)
54. Joann Hall ($2,776)
55. Margaret Heintz ($2,348)
56. Lauren Kepple ($2,348)
57. Patricia Barsantichou ($2,348)
58. Lori Nunes ($2,348)
59. Lisa Arisaman ($2,348)
60. Jamie Vela ($2,348)
61. Cherish Andrews ($2,348)
62. Donna Willis ($2,348)
63. Janice Imbronone ($2,348)
64. Jennifer Ahnert ($2,005)
65. Marie Martin ($2,005)
66. Maria Larsson ($2,005)
67. Ngocchau Do ($2,005)
68. Mary Forrest ($2,005)
69. Kathleen Mahaney ($2,005)
70. Sheila Mullinax ($2,005)
71. Janet Weaver ($2,005)
72. Dawn Hollandwilliams ($2,005)
73. Eleanor Mcmillan ($1,777)
74. Deanna Dozier ($1,777)
75. Patricia Brown ($1,777)
76. Misty Plowright ($1,777)
77. Eukhargal Ochirbat ($1,777)
78. Jennifer Leago ($1,777)
79. Leslie Nielsen ($1,777)
80. Christina Lindley ($1,777)
81. Nhat Nguyen ($1,777)

Andrew Feldman is ESPN.com's Poker Editor. He is the host of the Poker Edge Podcast and co-host of ESPN Inside Deal. Andrew has covered the poker industry for ESPN since 2004.

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