Women at WSOP had chip lead on Day 4

July 19, 2016 3:08 AM
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Let’s salute the women at the World Series of Poker.

Historically, women have comprised less than 5 percent of the players in the World Series of Poker, and only one woman, Barbara Enright, has ever made the final table of the Main Event, and that was over twenty years ago in 1995. She finished in 5th place.

So, it is no surprise when a woman makes a deep run in an event at the WSOP, it makes headlines. This year was no different. When two women held the chip lead on Day 4, it was historic. Considering only 268 women entered the Main Event this year makes the feat even more impressive.

Maria Ho sat with more than 2 million chips on Friday afternoon with less than 600 players remaining while Melanie Weisner overtook the chip lead for a short time. Though both women were eliminated on Saturday, another woman, Gaelle Baumann, won the title of last woman standing for the second time in four years.

This year the French pro busted in 102nd place for $49,108. In 2012, she finished 10th in the WSOP Main Event, just one place away from making the November Nine. Baumann joins an elite group of female poker pros, including Marsha Waggoner who was the last woman standing in 1993 and 1997.

Maria Ho also has been the last woman standing twice, in 2007 and 2014, as has Annie Duke in 2000 and 2003.

Women have made an impressive showing in this year’s WSOP winning bracelets in two open events. Safiya Umerova, a poker pro from Los Angeles, won Event 50, the