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Australian Leanne Haas Finishes Second in the WSOP Ladies Event

Posted at 12:05 2013-07-02 by Matthew Pitt

The Australian poker community were almost celebrating a second 2013 World Series of Poker victory when Leanne Haas reached the final table of the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Ladies Event. After a valiant effort and some excellent poker, Hass fell in second place.

2013 WSOP Ladies Event Final Table

SeatPlayerChips
1Julie Monsacre188,000
2Eleanor Gudger398,000
3Connie Bruce360,000
4Chris Priday455,000
5Shana Matthews497,000
6Kristen Bicknell316,000
7Cindy Kerslake100,000
8Amanda Baker277,000
9Leanne Haas272,000

It only took 16 hands before the first lady lost her stack. At the 4,000/8,000/1,000a level, Cindy Kerslake open-shoved for 59,000 with {J-Diamonds}{J-Spades} and Amanda baker called with {10-Hearts}{10-Spades}. Kerslake looked set for a double up because by the turn the board read {a-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{a-} but the river was a {10-Diamonds} sending Kerslake home in ninth place.

Chris Priday was the next to fall, albeit 60 hands later. Connie Bruce opened to 35,000 (blinds 5,000/10,000/1,000a) and Priday three-bet all in for 108,000. Bruce called with {A-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} and was in a coinflip against Priday’s pocket sixes. Bruce flopped a king and imporved to the nut flush on the turn, resigning Priday to eighth place money.

Nine hands later and Kristen Bicknell opened to 32,000 and then called when Baker moved all-in for 273,000. It turned out to be a good call because Bicknell’s {a-Hearts}{q-Clubs} was against Baker’s dominated {a-Diamonds}{10-Spades}. Baker actually took the lead when a ten landed on the flop, but Bicknell paired her queen on the turn to go back in front. The {7-Hearts} river didn’t change a thing and Baker exited in seventh place.

Another coinflip resulted in the demise of Eleanor Gudger. Our own Haas opened to 32,000, Gudger three-bet to 100,000 and then called when Haas set her all-in. Haas tabled {j-Clubs}{j-Hearts} and Gudger the {a-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}. The board ran out {4-Clubs}{j-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{5-Hearts} to eliminate Gudger and boost Haas’ stack.

The 100th hand of the final table claimed the tournament like of Bruce when she raised all-in for 134,000 (less than 10 big blinds at the time) and Bicknell called with {a-Clubs}{8-Hearts}. Bruce turned over {k-Clubs}{j-Spades} and despite flopping a gutshot straight on the {10-Spades}{a-Spades}{5-Diamonds} flop, she couldn’t find any of her outs and busted in fifth place.

Shana Matthew’s was eliminated at the hands of Haas. Matthews raised to 32,000 from under the gin and Haas called in the small blind. Haas led for 40,000 on the {9-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{q-Hearts} flop and Matthews called. The {8-Spades} was checked by Haas and Matthews moved all in, a bet that Haas snap-called. Matthews showed {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} but Haas had her crushed having sneakily played {k-Hearts}{k-Clubs}. The {2-Clubs} completed the board and ended Matthews’ tournament.

Three-handed play only last three hands and ended when Julie Monsacre moved all in from the big blind with {K-Hearts}{9-Spades} and Bicknell called with {a-Clubs}{5-Spades}.The board ran {a-Spades}{2-Clubs}{10-Spades}{j-Clubs}{3-Spades} leaving Monsacre’s hand as second best and sending the tournament into the heads-up stages.

The one-on-one battle ended after seven hands; the 120th hand of the final table being the last hand played. Bicknell raised to 40,000 and Haas called. Haas then checked the [3h8kkh] flop and called when Bicknell bet 50,000.Haas then checked again on the {j-Clubs} turn, but when Bicknell bet 130,000, Haas check-raised to 280,000. Bicknell called the raise. The {7-Hearts} completed the board and Haas moved all in for 627,000 and Bicknell called. Haas showed {k-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} but lost when Bicknell turned over {A-Clubs}{k-Clubs}.

2013 WSOP Ladies Event Final Table Results

RankPlayerPrize (USD)
1stKristen Bicknell$173,922
2ndLeanne Haas$107,616
3rdJulie Monsacre$67,331
4thShana Matthews$48,871
5thConnie Bruce$36,078
6thEleanor Gudger$27,045
7thAmanda Baker$20,572
8thChris Priday$15,858
9thCindy Kerslake$12,389

Congratulations – and commiserations at the same time – to Leanne Haas. Her performance throughout was worthy of a champion. We’re sure the $107,616 will help to soften the blow and it will not be the last we see or hear of Haas, that is for sure.

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