Level 11: Blinds 600/1,200/200 ante
Becky Furlong, Last Woman Playing
The last woman in the opening flight of Event 1 is Becky Furlong (Palm Harbor, FL) who doesn’t think it’s a big deal, but says the men sure take notice.
“They target you because you’re a woman,” says Furlong who’s below average with 45k (38 bb), but still has enough chips to make moves. “They treat you differently because they’re not used to having a woman left.”
Currently 30 players remain and Furlong, who is a regular tournament player at the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa, isn’t concerned about gender, only playing good poker.
“They would look at me differently if I was Vanessa Selbst,” laughs Furlong, who has met Selbst, arguably the best woman to ever play the game.
While Furlong doesn’t have results like Selbst’s $8 million in career tournament earnings, she did make a deep run on the High Heels Poker Tour in a 2010 satellite to the WSOP ladies event. She finished in 4th place, just missing one of the seats.
While we’re a long way from the final table, Furlong is keeping her focus on the last few levels tonight and hoping to bag chips for Sunday’s Day 2, no matter what the men think.