Jessica Dawley wins Ladies Event at WSOP

Jessica Dawley has won her first-ever World Series of Poker bracelet after she was the last woman standing in the $1,000/$10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship.

Dawley battled a 696-woman field in the tournament to pocket the WSOP bracelet and $130,230 prize.

It came down to Dawley and Jill Pike heads-up for the tournament title. It was a short battle lasting only four hands as Dawley had her opponent dominated from the start with 3.1 million chips to Pike’s 370,000.

On the final hand, Pike pushed all-in pre-flop and Dawley made the call. Pike showed Kh-4s, while Dawley had some catching up to do with 8h-5h. The flop – 7h-10c-5d – put Dawley in the lead with a pair. That would be all she would need as the 9c on the turn and Ah on the river provided no help for Pike.

As Dawley was collecting her first WSOP bracelet, a number of other players were also grabbing their first piece of WSOP bling, including Mike Takayama, Ryan Tosoc, Chance Kornuth and Dan Matsuzuki.

Takayama from the Philippines won his first WSOP bracelet in the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo tournament. He outlasted a 2,065-player field to cash $198,568.

Tosoc and Kornuth both posted their first WSOP wins in online tournaments. Tosoc, who goes by “Too Sick” online, won the $1,000 Online No-Limit Hold’em tournament. He bested a 1,635-player field to win $238,779.

Kornuth, who goes by “BingShui” online, won the $3,200 Online No-Limit Hold’em High Roller. He outdueled a 480-player field to earn $341,598.

Matsuzuki picked up his first WSOP win in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better tournament. He topped a 141-player field to cash $364,387.

WSOP Main Event underway

The most important tournament on the WSOP schedule, the $10,000 Main Event has begun with Day 1 already in the books. And by Day 1 we mean Day 1A, 1B, and 1C have all concluded.

The total entries in this year’s Main Event was 7,874. That’s up slightly from last year’s total of 7,221 and is the second-largest Main Event field in WSOP history behind 2006’s record-setting 8,773.

Whoever ends up winning the Main Event this year will cash out with $8.8 million. From the 7,874-player field the top 1,182 will finish in the money and win at least $15,000. Heading into Day 2 action, there were 5,940 players remaining.