Jiyoung Kim Takes Down WSOP Ladies Bracelet And $167,308

South Korean café owner and part-time poker pro Jiyoung Kim emerged victorious in the $1k/$10k Ladies NLHE Championship last night, securing her first gold bracelet and $167,308 – and she plans to give it all to her mum!

By: Andrew Burnett

A huge field of 968 entries had produced a prizepool of $871,200 and many of the biggest names in the female game made it to the money – Maria Ho, Maria Lampropoulos, Kathy Liebert and Natalia Breviglieri among them.

The final table, however, eluded most of them, Lexy Gavin perhaps the best-known among the final six but she was first to fall at the hands of Nancy Matson.

Long-time chip leader Stephanie Tu Dao had a tough time of it throughout the final day’s play, but 4th place and a $52,007 cash was by far the Toronto player’s best-ever tournament result.

The same can be said of Frenchwoman Sandrine Phan – in fact all of the final table were guaranteed new personal best cashes – and when she was toppled in 3rd it would be heads-up between Kim and Matson for the coveted gold bracelet.

When Kim finally overcame her opponent to lift the title she told reporters, "I feel like I'm dreaming. It's a dream come true for me” adding of the huge cash prize: "I'm giving it to my mom. All of it. She is always worried about me going overseas to play poker tournaments. I feel for her that's why I will give it to her."

Final results:

1 Jiyoung Kim $167,308
2 Nancy Matson $103,350
3 Sandrine Phan $78,821
4 Tu Dao $52,007
5 Lyly Vo $37,654
6 Lexy Gavin $27,643



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