2008 WSOP UPDATES
|From Barb Andre - Van Lith
|Barb Andre-Van Lith and Bonnie Overfield leave for the WSOP in Las Vegas on June 5th to play in the Ladies Event on Sunday, June 8th. They have
agreed to be our eyes and ears as they journey through the excitement and anticipation of the WSOP experience. We will be posting updates here. If
there is anyone else attending the WSOP or you just have comments or well wishes for the ladies feel free to email us at email@example.com. If
you are at the tournament look for Bonnie and Barb in their black any14poker.com vests and say hello.
To B & B at the WSOP - Good Luck and Good Cards!
Well its Wednesday and I haven't been this nervous since High School sports. The anticipation is so exciting. The www.any14poker.com web site will
keep everyone up to date. They have a women's page on the site and there will be a link to a "B & B at the WSOP" page. Here are some
highlights/structure of the tournament: Ladies event starts Sunday June 8th 12noon. We start with $2000 in chips with 60 min. blinds. The final table is
played June 10th at 2pm. Last years winner took home $262,077. There were 1,286 entries. www.worldseriesofpoker.com has live updates. Click
news & blogs for tournament updates like prize money, how many players entered vs how many players left. What pro's are still in, average chip stack
and some play by play hands. Everyone send good thoughts!! Hope to be able to throw a big party when we get back!!!
I'm so excited I can't even stand it! Ladies event starts Sunday the 8th. I was on cardplayer's website this morning and came across an article
describing what they are doing for the main event this year....how cheesy! They have made it into somewhat of a reality show almost....once they get
down to 9 people they are delaying the final table for 4 months where they will all travel back to vegas to play it out. ESPN of course will be filming the
people as they go back home to thier everyday lives, LOL.
|**Note: We did find out that they are only delaying the final table for the Main Event.
We are about to start playing the LIPS satellite event, 3pm start time! $5k in chips.... Play down to 10% of field. There are more than 20 tables. Top
10% each gets a buy in to tommorrow's ladies WSOP event plus a buy in for July's LIPS grand championship. All three of us are at different tables.
We made it!! If any of you have been in the Las Vegas airport, you've noticed the huge billboard advertising all the shows and hotels. We were waiting
for our luggage and the WSOP ad came over the big screen, and just that WSOP jingle made my stomach flip. I am so excited I can't stand it. We went
to a fun Brazilian restaurant per Bonnie's recommendation, bought Zumanity show tickets for 10:30 and headed to the Rio to take in the WSOP sights
while waiting for the show. We wanted to figure out the registration process and quite frankly I was dying to see the area we will be playing. I can only
use the analogy of being a softball player all my life, and when I stepped into Safeco field it just brought tears into my eyes. The beauty of a
professional sporting field was breathtaking to me. When I walked into the room at the Rio, I had that same feeling. It was indeed breathtaking and
just a sea of people playing poker. I am glad we did that because I will get all the "lookie loo" stuff out of the way. I have to mention we saw Phil
Helmouth, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Allen Cunningham, Hollywood Dave, Shannon Elizabeth, abd several other "B" listers. It was crazy. You spend all
this time watching them on tv and here they are totally normal even some dressed kind of grubby. I expected people to be flocking to them for photos
and autographs but surprisingly not at all. Well maybe I stalked Phil Helmuth for about 5 minutes, but he wouldn't get off the phone and I was
embarrassing Bonnie. We are playing today to qualify in our event. It is $150 buy in @ the Golden Nuggett. They give every 10 players a seat to the
ladies event. Lori is playing in this event as well, so we have 3 chances. It will be a nice warm up tournament. Wish us luck....3 seats so Lori can play!
PS: We learned the Ladies Event will not be televised :(
BONNIE: (6:45 pm 6.7.08)
Bonnie called in an update on their satellite tournament progress. She had gone out with about 150 players remaining after a couple of tough hands.
The one that crippled her was when she got AK and raised preflop, and was called by a woman with 58c. By the river, the five eight got her flush, and
Bonnie found herself down $3k. The last hand she had pocket nines, was short stacked, so she went all-in and was called with pocket K's. The
Kings held up and she was out of the satellite. She said that Lori and Barb were still in and she was headed back to the casino and would update us
again on their progress. She is going to look around and see what else she can play...
BONNIE: (9:26 pm 6.7.08) Barb is ten people away from winning a prize package! 30 people left. WAY TO GO BARB........KEEP GOING!!!
BONNIE: (9:53 pm 6.7.08) ONLY 4 MORE PEOPLE AND BARB WILL WIN A PRIZE PACKAGE!!!!
BONNIE: (9:59 pm 6.7.08) ONLY 2 MORE PEOPLE!!!!
BONNIE: (9:59 pm 6.7.08) BARB WON A $1000 WSOP SEAT plus an entry to July LIPS Tourney! YIPPEE! CONGRATULATIONS, BARB!
BARB (10:05 am 6.8.08)
Wow what a way to start. As you know I was in the satellite to win my seat and won last night. It was
such a motivating feeling going into today. My first hand I was big blind w/ A6s and no raise. Flop came
out w/ 2 spades. I checked and a lady bet $200, I called. The turn air-balled, I checked she checked. The
river a spade and I value bet $400 and she called so I won a pretty nice pot w/my first hand. Then I
literally sat there for an hour and a half w/out playing another hand. I was getting the most ridiculous
hands. You know how you get haunted by a bad hand over and over, well it was J3 for me..yuck! I had
brought a medallion w/ a picture of my mom and Carter and decided to change out my card protector w/
some mamma DiDi divine intervention. The cards changed the very next hand it was weird. At this point I
was a bit short stacked and moved all in on KQc. I really just wanted to steal the blinds but get a call
w/77. The flop gave me a K and doubled me up. I started winning small pots and creating a comfortable
stack when I made a move w/ pocket 5's. I raised to $5000. Again didn't want a call, blinds at 800/1600
and antes and a lady pushes me all in. We were about even in chips so it was quite a bit. I actually
asked for time. I looked down at my mom rubbed my medallion and decided to gamble. She was
staring me down really hard and I just got the read she didn't have a really comfortable hand like big
pair. I thought if she has two overs which I was putting her on than it was a race. I called. She had KQ off
suit. The flop didn't hit anyone so I'm in the lead, the turn came a K like a dagger in my heart. I stood up
and just chanted inside "five, five, five" Damn if a 5 didn't river and I doubled up in a huge way. Those
were the chips that sailed me into the top 20. We played for 7 hours. We went right to the Rio and
registered so we could avoid the hassle tomorrow. I ran into Phil Helmuth in line to register so finally got
my picture. He was really nice and genuine about it. Saw Scotty Nyugen, TJ Cloutier on the way in. It is
so fun to see them all. Ok I must jump in the shower. 2 hrs until game time!!
The women will shuffle up and deal in
30 minutes for the WSOP Ladies
Event. Good Luck & Good Cards! We
will be rooting for you and be your
long distance railbirds.
BONNIE (11:56 am 6.8.08) The dealer at my table is someone that deals all the time in Pendleton. She recognized me and gave me a big hug when I
sat down! My table is blue 44 and Barb's is red 6.
(12:09 pm 6.8.08) Shuffle Up and Deal! Legendary author Jackie Collins called out "Shuffle Up and Deal!" and action is live.
(2:10 pm 6.8.08) WSOP updates say the ladies are on a 20 minute break.
BONNIE (2:29 pm 6.8.08) 1st break. There are. 1192 entrants, 900 left. I have been moved to 3 different tables! We started with $2k in chips, I have
approx $6k. Have seen some cool people!
(3:01 pm 6.8.08) Barb was low stack and pushed all in with pocket 10s. Got called with aces and flopped a boat. Way to go Barb!
(3:10 pm 6.8.08) Bonnie is sitting pretty with a good chip stack. Go Bonnie Go!
BONNIE (3:11 pm 6.8.08) Barb unfortunately busted out. She will report to you all later. Sorry Barb.
(3:54 pm 6.8.08) Less than Half the Field Remains. There are 550 players left.
BONNIE (4:44 pm 6.8.08)
We are on our 2nd break. I have about $7k in chips, just lost a huge pot chasing a flopped open ended straight and flush draw. 2 more levels and we
are on dinner break. I have a good table. 400 or so people left.
Hang in there Bonnie you are in good shape with your chip stack as far as we can tell. They aren't updating the site very well.
(5:21 pm 6.8.08) About 370 players.....I doubled up to $12k
(6:39pm 6.8.08) 240 players left - Bonnie has around $13k (80% of the players who started are out) - about 20 minutes ago the average stack was
around 9500 chips so Bonnie is doing great!
(7:02 pm 6.8.08) 90 Minute Dinner Break
Bonnie called during the dinner break to give us a quick update. There are around 213 players left and she has a stack of about 20,000 in chips. She
passed along that her table is playing pretty tight so we suspect Bonnie is taking advantage of that. She is going to go relax for the short time she has
and have dinner with her husband. We also heard that Barb is in a tournament at Caesars Palace and we hope to get an update on that later. Good
(8:25 pm 6.8.08) Dinner Break is over and cards are in the air.
Just because Michelle and I couldn't be in Las Vegas doesn't mean we didn't get to play poker today while we were keeping you up to date on the
Ladies WSOP. I played in a small women's free roll tournament online and won. Michelle, is still playing in a free roll at Spade Club. The tourney
started with 403 players and they are down to 16. Michelle is currently in 5th place. We know you are just dying to know how she does so we will update
you later. :) While waiting for an update from Bonnie (we have to do something while we wait) Michelle is 4th place with 78,000 chips out of 8 players at
the Final Table. Yippee, Michelle is still in 5th place out of 5 at the Final Table. She is assured $5.00 for her 3 hours and 20 minutes of play. LOL
(9:22 pm 6.8.08) No word from Bonnie means she is busy collecting chips but it looks like they are down to around 170 players in the Ladies WSOP.
I am happy to report that Michelle took second in the Spade Club tournament out of 403 players and won $20.00. It's not a million from the WSOP but
hey, it's poker and it's a win. You gotta love it....and we had to do something to fill the time between updates.
(10:00 pm 6.8.08) down to around 150 women
(10:30 pm 6.8.08) 20 minute break down to 126 players.
BONNIE (10:30 pm 6.8.08) GOOD NEWS On break, coloring up greens now. It is hard trying to relay info since I don't have anyone here with me. But, I
just got moved to a new table. Kathy Liebert was at my previous one for a while. I have about $35k in chips.... Lots of chips at my new table. We are
getting close to the money. Great Job, Bonnie.....keep it up!!!
(10:54 pm 6.8.08) Players Return from Break. They are only 18 spots away from the money.
LORI (11:06 6.8.08) Bonnie is doing awesome! There are about 105 players left. They pay down to 99 and they will stop play tonight when they are in
the money! Bonnie needs everyone pulling for her. Send good thoughts her way!---------- Thanks for the update Lori
(11:30 6.8.08) Hand for Hand
We are one elimination away from the money and play has gone hand for hand.
"Congratulations Ladies, You are All in the Money!" "With that announcement, the 99 remaining players in the Ladies Event let out a celebratory
collective squeal that could wake the dead. Everyone is now guaranteed at least $1,949 for their troubles." (Poker News)
We are 99.9% sure Bonnie made it to the money. We just need a verification from the Vegas crew.
YES - Bonnie is in the money! Woo Hoo!!!!!!!!!
(12:10 am 6.9.08) There are 79 players left.
LORI (12:15 am 6.9.08) Barb and Lori went to Caesars to play in a $150 buy in with a $23,760 cash out. Lori had pocket nines someone min raised
Lori called. Flop came 2 8 5. She bet hefty I put her on two over cards so I called. The turn was a low card. She bet hefty and I miss read and called.
This was for the majority of my chips. The river was a blank. The gal was nice and checked to me so I checked. She turned over pocket queens. A few
hands later i flopped an ace high straight and went all in. The person called me with a flush draw and hit it. I busted out. Barb is still in though. We
started with 198 and down to 40. Pay top 18.
BONNIE (12:12 am 6.9.08) 75 people left. I am sooooo tired, we break for the night in 33 more minutes, thank god!
LORI (12:35 am 6.9.08) Unfortunately Barb was low on chips and cards didn't come. She busted out 30th. We are off to the Rio to cheer Bonnie on.
(12:40 am 6.9.08) 66 Players remaining, Bonnie is still in. Bonnie is FINALLY listed on the chip count with 45,000 chips. I guess they know who she is
now. GO BONNIE!
BONNIE (12:47 am 6.9.08) Off to bed, 62 players left!
Good Night All - Play will resume at 2 PM on June 9, 2008, and play down to the final table.
|Bonnie - head of the
table in sunglasses
Barb - on dealers left in sunglasses
|click on photos to enlarge
|I am just getting back on the computer after a long night. Thanks Barb, Bonnie, and Lori for the updates from yesterday and early into the morning. We
love being with you in success and defeat because those of us who play poker know those roller coaster feelings you go through. You can be chip top.
There are a lot of people who are on this journey with you if our web site hit count is any indication and we will stay with you as long as we can. We
wish Good Luck and Good Cards to Bonnie, Barb, and Lori.
BARB (9:08 am 6.9.08)
Well My WSOP journey was short-lived. You know, I have no bad beat stories, no suck-outs I just played really bad. I told Lori that the last 4 tournaments
I haven't felt like I've made mistakes and in the 3 hrs I played yesterday I can count at least 6. I don't know what to really say. I am obviously really
disappointed in my play. I tried to adjust my strategy because we started with such few chips. It was really hard to manage a small stack. I tried to play a
little too fast and aggressive. I never play fast and aggressive, and my cards just didn't pan out in the situations I picked. When I got busted, out Lori and
I went to Caesars, had a good stiff drink; I licked my wounds, ate at a fantastic restaurant and signed up for another tournament. It was fun because a
lot of ladies who had busted out were playing in it, so there was a lot of girl power. I went deep into it but didn't cash.
Enough about me now I have to live vicariously through my poker bff. Bonnie is doing AWESOME!! She was really tired last night when she was done.
12 hours of poker in one day will do that to you. It is so taxing on your body not to mention mentally. She is doing great. We are deciding weather to go to
the Golden Nugget for a ladies tournament today at noon or go be rail birds for Bonnie. Its so exciting for her. You really cant see a whole lot from the
sidelines and I am hoping she goes deep into today so we will probably go take another stab at a tournament. Lori is really getting hooked so this
would be a fun event for her to play in. We will keep you updated. Final table Bonnie!!!!
BONNIE (12:15 pm 6.9.08)
Wow, so here I sit in our condo reflecting about the mere fact that I even have the opportunity to write about making it to day two. Pretty amazing. The
day started off fairly interesting. The ladies event only starts with $2000 in chips, so I knew going into it that I had to be very careful about the hands I
chose to play in. In the 2nd round of the tournament I actually lost half of my chips when I had ace-king and bricked the board out. It was an utterly
disgusting feeling. I thought I would be out of the tournament early and only have a sad story of something like "just the experience was worth it"! In the
first two rounds I was moved to four tables....definately not an ideal situation. The fourth table is where my turning point hit. I was dealt K-Q in mid
position and I had put out a very tight image by not playing any hands so I decided to standard raise. I had 2 callers and the flop was beautiful: ace,
ten, jack rainbow! I flopped the nuts and all I had to do was figure out how to get the two other fishies on the line to take the bait. I slow played it by
checking and letting her bet....I even threw a little bit of hollywood acting when it was my turn to call! I ended up laying the hammer down on the river
and went all in and she called after a long deliberation. She had made two pair on the turn and it more than doubled me up. From that point the game
basically turned into preflop standard raises and folding....not a lot of big pots being played. The next table I moved to was perfect because it was a very
tight table and it allowed me to wait for good hands but also play position which benefited me immensley. Things were going great until a new player
was moved to our table and it was Kathy Liebert and she brought lots of chips with her! I tried to avoid getting into any pots with her but the situation
presented itself where she min raised preflop and I got dealt ace-king. I raised her back and then the next 3 minutes of my life was pure agony
because she sat there FOREVER staring at me and trying to get a read, even asking me questions and trying to get me to talk. I thought I was going to
throw up....to make matters worse we were sitting next to the rail and there was a large crowd watching our table. They were all whispering and
pointing at me and talking about what they thought we had and what they thought she was going to do. Wheww....she folded, so I was relieved, but it
made me wonder what she had. Maybe pocket 10's or something, Hours after that lots of poker went by and all the sudden we were in the
money...what a great feeling! To be honest with you, long before that point we had all switched to this "auto pilot" mode where nobody wanted to play
big pots and people like me who had a good chip stack were preflop raising in position and stealing the blinds. My chips were building and people
were busting out. By the time the last hour long round came we were all so exhausted. More and more people kept pushing in with short stacks and
by the time we finished for the evening only 62 players remained. I start day two with $49k in chips, which is in 15th position for chip stacks with 61
left. I am going to come back refreshed and ready to play some good poker! Wish me luck!
(2:15 pm 6.9.08) Shuffle Up and Deal! Day 2 action is underway. GOOD LUCK BONNIE OVERFIELD!
The chip leader Shavonne Mitchell has yet to arrive at the tournament. - She finally arrived 20 minutes late.
(2:39 pm 6.9.08) There are at least 6 women who have gone out so the field is narrowing at a good pace so far.
(3:05 pm 6.9.08) With players going out it looks like Bonnie has moved up another pay scale. I can't see any change of Bonnie's chip stack so she
may be playing pretty careful or they are only reporting big hands or big names. Keep going Bonnie!
(3:25 pm 6.9.08) - Sad news - I haven't gotten verification from Bonnie but it looks like she may be out. She is listed as having 0 chips. I will
update as soon as I know anything.
(3:42 pm 6.9.08) - still no word from Bonnie but it looks like she may have gone out 53rd. I think there are 43 players left.
(4:48 pm 6.9.08) - The ladies just got back from a 20 minute break. There are about 38 players left. There was a woman Juli Campos that started the
day with only 4400 chips....well, she is up to 114,000 chips and currently in 4th place. Quite a come back.(5:25 pm 6.9.08) Here is the last update we
will be giving for a bit. Michelle and I are headed out to a No Limit Tournament at the Wild Goose Casino in Ellensburg where we play almost every
Monday night. We haven't heard from our Las Vegas trio but we are guessing that they all jumped into other tournaments. Right now the there are 32
ladies left in the tournament. The high stack is Christine Priday with 242,000 chips and low stack Yesenia Garcia with 13,000 chips. Here is a site that
will keep you posted on the tournament better than the WSOP site.
We will be back later tonight and check if there are any updates and if there are we will post them for you. Thanks to everyone who has been supporting
and watching Bonnie, Barb, & Lori through our any14poker.com web site.
BONNIE: (3:21 P.M. 6/9/08) Bonnie did try to keep us updated, but her email didn't get through. She resent and we got this tonight -
I'm out. One bad beat and it took most of my chips. Then I was moved immediately after that to the table with three chip leaders. There was a standard
raise, I was in the bb, everyone else folded.....I called (which was approximately 1/5th of my chips) with ace jack. Flop came jack something something
so I pushed all in and the raiser (Olga Varkoni...... Yes the wife of the 2002 main event winner) instantly called with pocket queens. Nice! I'm sitting in
the payout room waiting to get my money now. Ho hum!
CONGRATULATIONS ON A GREAT FINISH, BONNIE!
WE KNEW THEY WOULD BE BACK! :)
It was nice opening our email this morning and seeing a report from all 3 of our Las Vegas crew. That is the nature of Poker. You are disappointed
one day and the next day you are back out there. Anyone who thinks Poker isn't a sport is mistaken. It is the agony of defeat and the thrill of victory that
keeps you coming back.
BONNIE (10:00 am 6.10.08)
Hello ladies! It is so great and heartwarming to see how interested you have been in our experience and how dedicated you are to updating the
website. Barb and I have read over the blog a couple of times and it is really cool to go back and relive the excitement again! So, after we have all
recharged our poker batteries and have written off yesterday's devastation (not just at the WSOP but we also dabbled at some other poker ventures as
well that did not produce much excitement).....we are BACK and ready to go again! Barb and Lori leave tomorrow and Randy and I are here until
Friday. I'm not 100% exactly sure what tourneys we will be playing in today because there are soooo many going on. Some of our options include:
playing a couple satellites at the WSOP, playing the HORSE tourney at the Golden Nugget Grand Tournament, playing in the $300 Caesar's Deep
Stack Tourney....or a combination of the above! We will try to keep you updated on our status periodically during the day. My goal is to win an entry to
play in tomorrow's $2k NL hold'em event at the WSOP.....cross your fingers and send us some good poker vibes!
Bonnie you are a great player. We have seen you CASH time and time again. Our fingers & toes are crossed.
BARB & LORI (6.10.08)
Well another day….. some more poker. We are just getting hammered. It has been so much fun though. Lori and I played in a LIPS event yesterday
and it was fun. 210 entries I went out calling an all in w/ pocket kings vs. AK and an ace hit the board...ugggg! Lori made it further but no money for
either of us yet. Then we scurried down to Caesars again for the 7 pm $150 tourney and I went out pocket queens against pocket kings. Lori and I
went out to a nice dinner at 10 and called it a night, well of course after hot tubing. This is really brutal on your body. I think we will be looking into
massages today. Bonnie is going to stake me in a satellite at the WSOP today while she and Randy go play a H.O.R.S.E. Tourney at The Golden
Nugget. I hope to win her a seat! We will watch some of the final ladies event table, do dinner and probably call it a night. I am absolutely exhausted! I
never thought I might say this but I think I am "poker-ed out". Bonnie has said she thinks the chip leader (The Russian lady) will go all the way. She
said not just because she is the chip leader but she was tough and really good. Any side bets Bonnie...lol! We'll check in later. I really want to report
There is no way that Barb is "Poker-ed out." I just can't imagine it. It would be like Michelle saying she didn't want to play poker and that has never
happened. LOL Today is your day ladies.....Go get em.
BONNIE (1:40 pm 6.10.08) Randy and I decided to play in the Golden Nugget $230 NL Hold Em event, starts at noon.
Good Luck Bonnie & Randy.
(12:08 pm 6.10.08) First break doing good in chips, over 200 entries. Good structure 40 minute blinds $5k starting chips. I am at the table with
Debbie from Pendleton. She is a great player, she won the all around award in Pendleton in the fall. A funny little story so far is that the lady who won
the ladies bracelet event here at the Golden Nugget finished the tourney at midnight and kept playing poker until the noon start time for this one.....
Playing for over 24 hours straight, now that's dedication!
The Ladies WSOP Final Table Update - There are 9 women at the table.
Seat 4: Svetlana Gromenkova (New York , New York) 553,000
Seat 7: Christine Priday (Denver, Colorado) 448,000
Seat 1: Patty Till (Avon, Indiana) 312,000
Seat 6: Debbie Mitchell (Miramar, Florida) 224,000
Seat 5: Sue Porter (Houston, Texas) 211,000
Seat 8: Yesenia Garcia (Modesto, California) 210,000
Seat 9: Anh Le (San Jose, California) 191,000
Seat 3: Marla Crumpler (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) 163,000
Seat 2: Roslyn Quarto (Edison, New Jersey) 73,000
LORI (2:48 pm 6.10.08) Hello ladies. We are sitting at the final table at the ladies WSOP event. We have great seats. It is where they play the main
event final table. In the first 15 min the low stack went all in and tripled up.
LORI (3:45 pm 6.10.08) And then there were eight
(3:50 pm 6.10.08) Chip count at Break
Svetlana Gromenkova 605,000
Patty Till 392,000
Roslyn Quarto 317,000
Marla Crumpler 290,000
Chris Priday 289,000
Debbie Mitchell 260,000
Anh Le 180,000
Yesenia Garcia 85,000
(4:00 pm 6.10.08) Break is over and the first 4 hands are raise and fold
Yesenia Garcia Eliminated in 8th Place picking up $ 36,277 for her finish.
LORI (5:00 pm 6.10.08) Debbie Mitchell just took the chip lead. Its the first time that Gromenkova has not had the lead.
(5:25pm 6.10.08) Deb in first, Chris second, Anh Le third, Till fourth, Crumpler fifth, Gromenkova Sixth, Quarto seventh. Gromenkova all in and Quarto
thinking about calling. She folds
BONNIE (5:21 pm 6.10.08) On break again. I just lost a ton of chips trying to bluff a guy off what I thought was a busted straight draw. Only have about
$8k...blinds will be 3-6, need to catch a hand. Randy is playing next door in a similair tourney. I am now sitting next to tina dubowy who was tenth in
the ladies event plus two other women who also cashed in the ladies wsop. That I'd 4 of us on one table that cashed! Crazy.... The guys are just
loving it! Tina is from puyallup and the other two ladies from Idaho.
LORI (5:47 pm 6.10.08) Svetlana took back the lead, Deb second, Till third, Le 4, Crumpler 5, Chris 6, Quarto 7. Quarto all in, Chris called. Quarto out
in seventh. Bummer
(5:54 pm 6.10.08) Chip count
Svetlana Gromenkova 518,000 Marla Crumpler 428,000 Patty Till 342,000 Anh Le 322,000 Debbie Mitchell 320,000 Christine Priday 284,000
LORI (5:57 pm 6.10.08) Barb just played in a satelite to try and win bonnie a seat to a wsop event tomorrow. Barb just got knocked out. She
experienced her first collusion. Two people working together.
(6:00 pm 6.10.08) Marla crumpler all in. No calls. Now on break
The internet went down in the Poker room where the final table is so Lori may be the only reporter online.
BONNIE (6:08 pm 6.10.08) Well I'm done, I'm railbirding for my hubbie now. They pay 18 and there are only 35 left, he has lots of chips. Maybe he can
win me a buy-in to tomorrows event! Barb and Lori are watching the ladies final table and it is really cool they tell me!
(6:13 pm 6.10.08) Updated Chip Counts at the Break Chris Priday 574,000, Svetlana Gromenkova 500,000, Anh Le 425,000, Debbie Mitchell
411,000, Patty Till 380,000, Marla Crumpler 146,000
The remaining Ladies are playing really tight. Quarto went out on the 84th hand and I don't think they have seen a flop since then. They haven't seen a
flop in 9 hands.
(6:30 pm 6.10.08) Back from Break - 6 more hands played and I still don't think they have seen a flop.
LORI (6:47 pm 6.10.08) Crumpler is all in. Deb thinking about calling. They are friends so
this may be a tough call. She folds
Standing: 1 Anh, 2 Chris, 3 Svet, 4 Marla, 5 Till, 6 Deb
(7:05 pm 6.10.08) Le and Crumpler just tangled. Flop came 6s 7s 8d. Crumpler went all in with a pair Le called with straight. They chopped. Now Deb
went all in and Svet called. Svet held up and knocked out deb. Now there are five. Debbie Mitchell is eliminated in 6th place, collecting $47,106 in
winnings. Updated Chip Counts Svetlana Gromenkova 720,000 Christine Priday 500,000 Patty Till 380,000 Anh Le 370,000 Marla Crumpler 270,000
(7:14 pm 6.10.08) Marla Crumpler Eliminated in 5th Place wins $60,101 Priday has the button, Marla Crumpler raises to 73,000, Anh Le moves all in
for 438,000 and Crumpler calls. Crumpler K K, Le has A 9, flop comes A 10 5, turn 2, river 5.
There was only one ace left and she hit it on the flop
(7:18 pm 6.10.08) Updated Chip Counts Christine Priday 838,000, Svetlana Gromenkova 700,000, Patty Till 399,000, Anh Le 208,000
(7:25 6.10.08) Updated Chip Counts Svetlana Gromenkova 1,360,000 - Patty Till 439,000 - Christine Priday 326,000 -
Anh Le 208,000
Chris pushed all in after flop. She had queen ten and a queen flopped. Svet had pocket rockets and they held up. Svet retook the lead and hurt Chris
(7:41 6.10.08) Chris Priday Eliminated in 4th Place ($73,637) - Priday had A 7, Le had A J, flop comes K 5 4, turn 8, river 9.
Updated Chip Counts: Svetlana Gromenkova 1,132,000, Anh Le 902,000, Patty Till 345,000
(7:43 6.10.08) Patty Till Eliminated in 3rd Place taking home $87,715
It seems like Gromenkova can't lose. Till went in with K 6, Svet had 9 9 and another 9 came on the flop. Reminds me of the luck Jamie Gold had in
his WSOP event.
Heads-Up Chip Counts
Svetlana Gromenkova 1,477,000
Anh Le 890,000
(7:52 6.10.08) 2 remaining Players take a Short Break
(7:59 6.10.08) Anh Le wins first hand. Chip count Svet 1350000 - Anh Le 1050000
Svet has won that last 4 hands taking the blinds from Le
(8:10 6.10.08) Anh Le Doubles Through Svetlana Gromenkova
Svetlana Gromenkova raises to 60,000, Anh Le reraises all in and Gromenkova calls. Le has A 5 - Gromenkova has A K
flop is 7 5 2 , turn is a 2, river is a 9 Le doubles up to nearly 1.4 million and takes the chip lead. Gromenkova is down to 785,000. I guess Svet can
lose a hand after all and this isn't a good time.
(8:20 6.10.08) 2 hands go to Svet and 2 hands to Le
(8:23 6.10.08) Svet wins pot over $380,000
Updated Chip Counts - Anh Le 1,356,000, Svetlana Gormenkova 1,023,000
(8:35 6.10.08) - 3 hands go to Le and 3 to Svet
(8:40 6.10.08) Updated Chip Counts
Svetlana Gromenkova 1,475,000, Anh Le 900,000
IT'S OVER (8:45 6.10.08) Sventlana Gromenkova Wins
Svet moves all in and Le calls. Svet has K K - Le has A 6. Flop comes 10 9 7, turn is K, and the river is an A.
Svet yet again makes trips.
LORI (8:48 pm 6.10.08) Well it was exciting. Chip stacks changed back n forth. Its now final. Svet Wins.
Anh Le wins $ 144,567
Gromenkova wins $ 244,702
Well, that's it for tonight poker fans. Check back tomorrow for any other updates from Las Vegas. Hopefully we will
get an update on how Randy did in his tournament. Good Night all
|WELCOME BACK TUESDAY (6.10.08)
WELCOME BACK WEDNESDAY (6.11.08)
Sorry, everyone. I would have been here sooner today but I had a dentist appointment and when I got back our power was out. We are living in the
land of Oz here in Ellensburg as usual but today the winds are around 40mph.
BONNIE (12:30 p.m. 6.11.08)
Dropped the girls off at the airport, they are on their way home...Dropped Randy off at the Venetian to play a satellite....
Going to the Rio to play a Satellite for the $3k HORSE tournament
Randy won $353 for his 10th place finish after 11 hours of play yesterday.
Well, we know that Bonnie can play H.O.R.S.E. since her 2nd place finish in Pendleton this spring. So, maybe today is the day. Good luck to Bonnie
& Randy. Congratulations to Randy for his win yesterday. I know it doesn't seem like much but it is a plus in the CASH column. Lori and Barb have a
safe trip home.
BARB (12:15 PM 6.12.08) Well we are home and what an experience. At first we had started stating "Pro sightings" but by the end of
the 5 days we asked each other "what pro didn't we see" I think we saw every pro imaginable. I would have liked to see Jen Harmon and
that is one we didn’t get to see.
The experience over all was so much fun. I liked that other casinos had poker events going on as well so we had a lot of options other
than the WSOP. I really loved playing at Caesars. They run some great tournaments. It was also nice we got to play in a couple ladies
events. I am torn whether or not I would play in the WSOP Ladies Event again. The format was pretty difficult. When you start with 1200
ladies and on day 1 it is down to 60 you know it is rough. 2000 starting chips just are not enough. I would pay more money to get more
chips. How they do it here is you get double chips per buy in dollars. We paid $1000 we got 2000 in chips. I would rather pay $1500
and start w/ 3000. The only other 2 events that have such a low buy in are the senior & employee tournaments.....hmmmm! I am almost
certain every lady there would be happy to pay a bit extra.
I am really glad I started out winning that $1300 prize package or my ego would be really bruised after all this. I went pretty deep in a
couple of big tourneys but couldn't seem to reel in the money. I didn’t come out ahead in cash either. Bonnie had staked me to play in a
satellite for her at the WSOP because I seem to do really well in the 1 table sit-n-go's and she had wanted to go play in a big tourney at
The Golden Nugget. I was kicking ass and thought I would really be winning her that seat until I experienced something I haven't yet
experienced. I know they talk about collusion but I saw it in true form. It was really my bad judgment ultimately in laying the hand down
but I got all twisted up in my head. Here's how it went down. There were two people that knew each other at the table which I thought
was weird. This older guy and maybe like his daughter. You could tell they were together. The sit and go's are really fast. 15 minute
blinds and 1000 starting chips. I had about $2500 in chips and there were only 4 people left. The girl was to my left and went all in for
$800. I had AK off suit. I called. The guy she was with has about $3000 chips (so could take me out) and went all in over the top. I
looked at him and asked if he was "protecting her". It didn't make any sense for him to do that when we had an opportunity to take a
player out. So I took forever thinking this through. He asked me "what do you think I have" I said "I am guessing you have a big pair
because the move doesn't make any sense unless you two are working together" and then I did something I just can’t believe I did....laid
it down. I just had a gut feeling he had a monster. I still felt like I had enough chips left to still be ok. Well no he had AQ off suit. I was so
pissed! I said "well that answered my question you two must be working together, I can’t believe you did that" The girl ended up winning
the hand w/ a flush and the guy said "see I saved you money" I said. “Uh NO, you didn’t she had my chips regardless; I would have had
all of yours." Anyway then of course I didn’t get cards and went out w/ KQ. I was really disappointed in myself for laying it down. All these
wonderful lessons right!
Watching the final WSOP Ladies event table was fun as well. It moved really slow. We didn't even see a flop until 30 min of play had
taken place. At the end it was obvious the Russian lady was going to win. She was just railroading over the other lady. The other lady
would raise $100,000 the Russian would go all in the lady would fold. She did it like 5 times in a row. I started to wonder if the Russian
had a really good tell on her. It was really weird. Then she did it again. Raised, the Russian went all in and you could tell on the ladies
face she was just tired of being pushed around. She called and was up against monster KK. The final table was really diverse which
was cool. A Russian lady, two Asian/American, an African/America n, 3 gay women, a girl who didn't even want to play, a house wife and
of course a lady who seemed to be the biggest fish....lol! Well that's the big adventure. I did win a seat into the LIPS Championship so
Bonnie and I are planning to go down July 13th for that. Maybe we will have better luck!
Thank you everyone who has been so interested in reading our journey. It made it a lot more fun to share the experience!!
Thank you, Barb & Lori for taking the time to report back to friends, family, and fans back home. It was fun to take the journey with
you and I think some of us definitely felt the emotions you were all going through. Thanks again, and we are glad you are both home
safe.......now back to the home turf poker tables for you.
BONNIE OVERFIELD (5:57 pm 6.12.08) Well, it is the eve of the last day we are in Vegas. I played in a smaller tournament today at the Orleans and got 4th
place....good for about 5x the buy-in which was $80 (so $400 total). I should have won. I was chip leader early in the tourney and I played excellent poker.
There were just over 50 entrants, mostly men....but the final four players 3 of us were ladies and one man. One of the gals sat next to me at the WSOP and
got deep into the ladies tourney, but just barely did not make the money. The other guy was down to being all in just hands before and sucked out. He then
just kept going all in and hammering the pot. Finally he raised $9k, which was 3x the blind and I woke up with ace-king I raised back and he called (he was
chip leader at this point and I had about $20k less than him...the other 2 lades had way less chips then us). The flop came ace-k-10. He bet, I raised, he
called. The turn was nothing, he checked....I pushed all in. He thought about it for a moment and called. He had 10-J....just a pair of 10's....woo hoo i
couldn't be happier.....well until the river brought a queen and that was that.
We are going to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse for dinner tonight and then going to see "O" at the Bellagio. A perfect way to end a week full of poker. Thanks for
your support and when I get home I will make sure to take the time to write a recap for you guys.
Bonnie(11:14 am 6.15.08) So I finally took the plunge that every serious poker player dreams of.....I went to Vegas and played in the world series of
poker. I have been to the WSOP 2 times before as an observer and to play in the ring games but never in a tournament. We started our trip off by playing in a
LIPS (ladies international poker series) satellite at the Golden Nugget on Saturday to try to win our seat into the $1000 ladies event. My friend Barb managed
to win her seat, but I had to plunk down $1000 of hard earned cash for the buy-in.....gulp!
Going to the Rio and being at the WSOP is soooo cool, even if you don't play in it. There are so many people and so much poker going on that there is just a
buzz in the air. We got to the Rio a little early and got situated; it was kind of a mad house because there were 1200 women who had signed up for the
event. The moment that we had all been waiting for, Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack to announce "cards in the air" came and it seemed as though everyone
had goosebumps in the room. Author Jackie Collins did the honor of opening the game up and it was very cool.
I managed to survive day one in the tournament which was over 12 hours straight of playing. We got down to 99 and they announced "ladies you are all
officially in the money", the room erupted with elation and 99 tired women were excited to at least get their buy-in back!
We came back the next day to play down to the final table. I had a great chip stack and I was so excited to finally get my big break in the poker world! I told
myself, "just continue to play good poker and you will make it to the final table". I got very unlucky on my first table as I was dealt ace-king and a woman
"accidentally" called me with jack-3. Hmmmmmm, "accidentally" called me, I know this is mind boggling to me too, but after all it was a ladies tournament.
The flop came king, jack, three.....just my luck. I thought accidents were supposed to be a bad thing? Anyway she managed to get half of my chips and all of
my ego in the matter of 60 seconds.
I was moved to another table where 2 of the chip leaders sat. My first hand put me in the big blind for $2k. Olga Varkoni (yes the wife of the 2002 main event
winner who has the famous earrings) raised the standard amount. I look down at ace-jack and everyone else has folded. I call the $6k raise (which was
about 1/4 of my stack). The flop comes jack, blank, blank. I push all in....she has pocket queens.
I wanted to throw up or cry or turn the table over proclaiming "damn it, I was supposed to win this tournament!" But I didn't (you would have heard about it on
the news by now if I had), instead I graciously took my payout receipt and made my way to the financial office to get my hard earned $3300.
While I had great ambition and hopes of "making it big", I was very proud of my WSOP debut. I now know that I can hang with the "big boys" (or ladies in this
instance). I plan to go back next year and probably play in an open event in addition to the ladies tournament. A lot of people complain about the ladies event
at the WSOP for many reasons (most of which are valid), but being a woman who plays in all types of events I truly believe I have an edge in this field that
women who just play in ladies events don't possess.
In addition to having a personal satisfaction about how I played poker, we also saw some really cool pros. I played at the table with Kathy Liebert and the
likes of Beth Shak, Vanessa Rousso, Clonie Gowen, Jennifer Tilly, Karina Jett, Linda Johnson, and Jan Fisher were just tables away in the tournament. Of
course we also ran into the "bad boys of poker" walking around the WSOP Phil Helmuth, Daniel Negraneu, Jamie Gold, Chris Moneymaker, Chris Ferguson,
Scotty Nguyen, Scott Clements, Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, Eric Siedel, Eric Lindgren, Barry Greenstein, Joe Seebok and so many others!
All in all I had a great WSOP experience and plan to do it all again next year. I have a whole year to build my bankroll up and try to take another stab at a
bracelet.....wish me luck!
Thanks Bonnie Overfield for all of your reporting and sharing your experience with us. We are glad that you and Randy are home safe & sound. You always
have our best wishes and good luck at the Poker Tables!
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