2016 Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Winter Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Event 2: $150 Ladies Event Re-Entry
Prize Pool: $4,800
December 1, 2016
(Tampa, FL) – The second day of the 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Winter Poker Open brought out the Ladies Event and a nice crowd on a Friday evening. The $150 buy-in tournament drew 40 entrants to the field and Kirstin Olieberg dominated late to earn the title.
Those 40 entries into the tournament matched the 2015 number and created a prize pool worth $4,800. In addition to the prize money, Seminole Hard Rock Tampa poker added a $1,650 Championship seat for the winner.
The tournament quickly played down and they were at the final table after less than seven hours of action. Olieberg was the leader at the start of the final table along with Seminole Hard Rock Tampa regular Cheri Beatty and Anna Tran.
With only five of the ten final table players getting paid, they still had some work to do. They traded chips for an hour before breaking things open. They fell in quick succession until Tran and Diana Rossi were eliminated by Beatty to put them in the money.
Olieberg continued to run her stack up while Beatty lost two big coolers to end her run in fourth place. The three remaining players began a deal discussion with both Olieberg and Edie Jo Norman very interested in both the guitar trophy and Championship seat.
They finally worked things out and Olieberg was declared the champion courtesy of her huge chip lead.
“My husband told me I better bring home the guitar,” Olieberg laughed. “He’ll be happy now.”
She’ll also be happy to be playing the WPO Championship in less than two weeks. Olieberg is no stranger to success here with her biggest cash coming in the 2014 WPO. She made the final table and cashed out more than $4,700 for finishing tenth out of 469 in the $350 Deep Stack opening tournament.
Ladies Event results:
1st: Kirsten Olieberg – $1,920 + $1,650 Seat and Guitar
2nd: Edie Jo Norman – $1,200
3rd: Amy Myers – $720
4th: Cheri Beatty – $528
5th: Sophia Pettis – $432