Irrespective of your views on whether women need their own poker championships, you have to admit that when they do it, they do it well.
The Second U.S. Ladies Poker Championship is being hosted at the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas from Thursday September 1st, and it promises to be one of the most glittering events in the poker calendar.
Cocktails, Shopping and Dinner
Hardly a card will be dealt in anger throughout the opening events of the Championship, with just a series of $65.00 single table satellites to the Main Event interrupting Thursday evening´s cocktail party, a sponsor´s “Vendor Faire” on Friday afternoon and a Gala Dinner on Friday evening, when Kirsty Gazes, Margie Heintz and Phyllis Caro will all be inducted into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame.
The Poker Begins in Earnest
It is “Last Chance Saloon” for anybody hoping to qualify for the Main Event via a satellite which, for those without hangovers, start at 9.00am on Saturday morning, with the 2-Day $500.00 + $50.00 Main Event (plus $10.00 “Appreciation Chip”) getting underway at noon. For those who bust out early (!OO!) an unfortunately named “H.O.E.” event is scheduled for 7.00pm (Limit Hold´em, Limit Omaha Hi/Lo and Limit Stud Hi/Lo).
Maybe not so much fun for the ladies involved in the serious business of the Main Event which concludes today, but maybe a little more light-hearted for those involved in the $125.00 Double Up No Limit Hold´em (it´s a re-buy, not a “double or nothing”) and the “Tag Team” tournament which mixes up Limit Hold´em and Limit Omaha High/Lo for the first six levels to give everybody a turn, and then is played out No limit.
Monday September 5th is Labor Day in the US, so it seems appropriate that those who can afford to be sparkled up in the Grand Ballroom can give to those a little less fortunate. A charity poker tournament kicks off at noon, with half the $125.00 buy-in going to PokerGives.org – the organisation founded by Mike Sexton, Linda Johnson, Jan Fisher and Lisa Tenner – as well as the proceeds from a silent auction hosted during Friday´s gala dinner.