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World Series Of Poker
 $1,000 Ladies - No Limit Holdem Result 9th July
June 25 – August 10 2006

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Event # 15 (2 day event)
Entries -- 1128 (601)
Buy-in -- $1,000
Prize Pool -- $1,128,000
Mary Jones
(Henderson, NV, USA)
wins $236,094 and
her bracelet
Pos. Player Origin Prize
1 Mary Jones NV $236,094
2 Shawnee Barton IL $123,178
3 Beatrice Stranzinger Vienna $71,340
4 Reka Hallgato CA $51,324
5 Sue Luckenbaugh NY $41,095
6 Julie Allen MI $35,927
7 Devi Ortega ( NY $30,794
8 Laurie Scott TX $25,662
9 Lorinda Ahlgren NV $23,096
Key Facts 
101 places paid.
Local Henderson woman plays poker for fun, decides to enter WSOP ladies championship, and wins $236,094

Las Vegas, NV -All good people inevitably come to realize that there is more joy in seeing a loved one accomplish something big than succeeding for oneself. When Bob Meyer proudly watched his wife Mary Jones Meyer win the 2006 Ladies World Poker Championship late on a Monday night at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas, it was as though he personally had won poker's world championship.

Meyer rushed to the stage and hugged his wife in a whirlwind dance immediately after witnessing her first major poker tournament win and $236,094 in prize money in the most dramatic fashion. ';I definitely owe this tournament to my husband and his training,' Mary Jones Meyer said immediately following her victory. ';He taught me many things about poker and we play together all the time. It was definitely a team win.' All Mary Jones Meyer did was win the biggest and richest women's poker tournament in history. A whopping 1,128 players -nearly twice as many participants as last year -competed in the Ladies World Poker Championship at the World Series of Poker. Last year's ladies event was most memorable having been won by former Academy Award-nominated actress Jennifer Tilly.

Unfortunately, the defending champ and several other major Hollywood and television stars went out earlier in the event, along with 1,119 others. That left a final table of nine players that was no less short on talent or enthusiasm. A huge crowd flooded into the ESPN arena to witness the championship finale, which lasted four very exciting hours. The final table was comprised of women of all ages and backgrounds. Ages ranged from 24 to 50. Players were from Nevada, Texas, New York, Michigan, Oklahoma, California, Illinois, and Austria. Two of the players admitted to being expectant mothers (very likely a WSOP first).

by Nolan Dalla
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