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Jackie Glazier makes History with 2013 WSOPE Event #1 Win

The 2013 World Series of Poker Europe started with a first-ever for the seven-year event - a ladies-only tournament. The Las Vegas-based WSOP has been running a ladies-only tourney for decades. However, this year's €1,100 Ladies Hold'em marked the first time that the European version followed suit.

65 women turned out for the historic event, which created a €62,400 prize pool. After Day 1, only eight of these ladies made it to the second day, with only seven of them getting paid. And this is where a little controversy arose, as you'll see below.

Glazier says 'No' to Bubble Payment

When WSOPE organizers asked the remaining women if they'd be fine with taking €200 out of every remaining payout to pay the bubble, everybody said 'yes,' except for one player - the chip leader Jackie Glazier. Although this move may not have been popular with everybody at the final table, it was perfectly within the Aussie's right to refuse. And the reason why Glazier refused is because she wanted to push her chip advantage and be aggressive until the bubble burst.

When it did burst, Anais Lerouge was the odd woman out in eighth place. The Cannes, France native was unable to add to her $158,893 career winnings when she failed to complete a nut flush draw against Marline Valente.

Quick Eliminations

It didn't take long for the eliminations to start pouring in. Gaelle Baumann was knocked out in seventh place (€3,200) when her pocket 4's fell against Laurie Bismuth's pocket 9's. Baumann became a star after finishing 10th in the 2012 WSOP Main Event ($590,442); however, she was unable to get the same magic going here.

Just 12 hands later, the lone American at the table, Sherrill Lindsey, bowed out in sixth place (€3,800). Lindsey called Glazier's all-in river move with a pair of kings, but was disappointed to see that Glazier had rivered a nut flush. It took only three hands before Nathalie Odet became the fifth player to bust out. She earned €4,770 after falling to Bismuth's pocket aces.

Action slows down

Once play became four-handed, the fury of eliminations slowed down. Finally though, another player was sent to the rail when Celine Bastian saw her pocket jacks cracked by Glazier. The latter rivered a king to win the hand and increase her chip lead.

A while later, Bismuth was the third player out (€8,950), which pitted Glazier (113,500 chips) against Valente (81,500) heads-up. Since the chip counts were relatively even, this turned out to be a see-saw battle. They battled back and forth for 39 hands, before the final hand was played.

On the last hand, Valente shoved her remaining 90k chips in preflop with pocket 6's. However, Glazier had her covered with pocket jacks and called. Valente didn't get the third 6 she needed as the board ran out, and Glazier was crowned the first WSOPE Ladies Hold'em champion. The Aussie earned a €21,850 top prize and her first WSOP gold bracelet, while Valente settled for the €13,500 second-place payout.

A runner-up No More

Besides making history for being the only Ladies Hold'em champ in WSOP Europe history, Glaizer also satisfied a personal goal. She desperately wanted a gold bracelet after missing out on one in the 2012 WSOP $3k NL Hold'em event, where she finished second ($458,996).

"I was definitely nervous," Glazier said after her victory.  "I think I've had so many close calls and near-misses that getting heads-up with the stack sizes being even, the gravity of if I did come in second again - I was just not sure how I would cope with it. It would definitely have taken a few days to get over."

She added, "It is definitely a dream come true. I've always aspired to win a World Series bracelet and to do it here in the first-ever Europe Ladies Event is a real honor."

The Ladies Hold'em win, coupled with her "Last Woman Standing" billing at the 2013 WSOP Main Event (31st, $229,281), has certainly made this year a great one for Jackie Glazier!

2013 WSOPE €1,100 Ladies Hold'em Final Table

1st - Jackie Glazier (Australia) - €21,850
2nd - Maryline Valente (France) - €13,500
3rd - Laurie Bismuth (France) - €8,950
4th - Celine Bastian (France) - €6,330
5th - Nathalie Odet (France) - €4,770
6th - Sherrie Lindsey-Jones (USA) - €3,800
7th - Gaelle Baumann (France) - €3,200

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