History has been made during the latest Main Tour stop of the World Poker Tour at the Venetian in Las Vegas. For the very first time, three women reached the six-handed final table of an open event and took home a sizable portion of the prize money.
Live poker in Sin City is booming during the summer months despite the absence of the World Series of Poker. The flagship WPT Venetian Main Event cost $5,000 to enter and attracted a field of 1,199 entries, of which 150 players earned a portion of the $5,545,375 prize pool.
Once the tournament stopped for the night with six contenders remaining, a historic line-up was confirmed.
Kitty Kuo, Daniela Rodriguez, and Kyna England were among the hopefuls to become the second female winner of an open WPT Main Event. Kuo’s chances were dashed in a confrontation with Rodriguez and she bowed out in sixth place for $192,855 in her third final table appearance.
Colombia’s Rodriguez was the next casualty and earned a payday of $252,945 as her first-ever WPT cash. Likewise, England also recorded the first WPT Main Event cash on home soil and finished in third place for $448,755.
In a short-lived heads-up duel, Chad Eveslage defeated Mike Liang to earn his first WPT title and the top prize of $910,370. He has also taken over the top spot in the WPT Player of the Year points race.
The next Main Tour stop is slated to take place from July 23 to 27 at the Choctaw Casino & Resort.