Leo Margets turned the first feminine participant to win an open occasion at the 2021 World Series of Poker Sunday night time at the Rio.
The 38-year-old Spanish professional defeated an enormous 1,903-entry subject in a single of the last occasions of the collection, the $1,500 no-limit hold ‘em dubbed ‘The Closer.’ She bested Alex Kulev heads-up and topped a last desk that featured bracelet winner Stephen Song, east coast grinder Cherish Andrews, and the current addition to the Americas Cardroom workforce of execs, on-line poker legend Chris Moorman.
It was the first bracelet for the Winamax workforce professional and he or she took residence $376,850 for her efforts. The rating was the largest of her profession, topping her 2009 WSOP primary occasion twenty seventh place end for $353,832, and bumping her profession complete to $1.45 million.
“Usually, it’s going to be harder for a woman to get a bracelet because we [make up less of the field],” Margets informed WSOP reside reporters after her victory. She went on to say that she hoped her victory may spark the curiosity of extra ladies to play the sport.
Three years in the past, at the 2018 WSOP, Margets fell simply shy of a bracelet win after a runner-up end in the $1,000 no-limit maintain ’em double stack with 30-minute ranges. When she began heads-up play with Kulev, it appeared probably that she would earn one other second-place end when the Bosnian held a 5.5-1 chip lead over the Barcelona native.
“He had a massive chip lead,” Margets stated of the chip disparity. “He actually did all the hard work.”
And in the end a misclick early on in the match towards Kulev, Margets was three outs away from a repeat of 2018. She bought all in with 9-4 towards Kulev’s A-9 however drilled a 4 on the flip to keep alive. Margets informed media after the match that she miscounted her stack and thought she one way or the other had 2.5 massive blinds as an alternative of the seven she truly possessed.
Like Margets alluded to, Kulev dominated the last desk. He got here into the unofficial 10-handed last desk with the chip lead, scored the majority of knockouts, and stayed at the high of the leaderboard till Margets took the chip lead, and in the end the title, heads-up.
Shortly after Kulev busted Ofer Wexler in tenth, Aleksandr Shevliakov despatched Benjamin Underwood to the rail in ninth. Underwood shoved his brief stack into the center from the small blind with Q6 and bought known as by Shevliakov’s QJ in the massive blind. Both gamers made journey queens, however Underwood couldn’t hit a six to keep alive.
Just 10 minutes after Underwood was gone, Margets dispatched of Moorman in eighth in one other battle of the blinds when the British professional shoved all in from the small blind with A5 and bought appeared up by Margets’ A9.
The last seven gamers took a dinner break however after they returned, Kulev took over. His A-Okay held up towards Shevliakov’s A-Q to get rid of the Russian in seventh and scored a double knockout when he eradicated Arturo Segura in fifth and Marc Lange in fourth on the similar hand.
Segura moved all in from the hijack, Lange shoved on the button and Kulev known as out of the small blind with A-Q. He was in nice form towards Segura’s Q-10, however was in unhealthy form towards Lange’s A-Okay. Despite one of the queens being accounted for in Segura’s hand, one nonetheless got here on the river which despatched the pot to Kulev and gave him 38,000,000 out of the 47,000,000 in play.
In between Kulev’s knockouts, Song eradicated Andrews in sixth. She moved all in with A3 and was known as by Song’s QQ. Andrews flopped two pair to take the lead, however a queen on the river despatched her residence.
Song was eradicated in third by Kulev after he moved all in with Okay8 and was known as by Kulev’s 99.
Margets was the first participant at the last desk to put a cease to Kulev’s momentum. After spiking the three-outer, she doubled up twice extra to even out the chip counts. Kulev nonetheless held the slightest of chip leads when Margets scored the largest pot of the match. They put all the chips in the center on a 953 flop with Margets exhibiting Q5 and Kulev tabling A9.
Margets wanted a spade, queen, or 5 to take the lead and hit the 5 on the flip to depart Kulev drawing to only one of the final two nines in the deck. The 10 got here on the river, which left Kulev with only a couple of massive blinds and he was eradicated on the subsequent hand.
Kulev cashed for a career-best $232,920.
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