35-year-old poker pro Jessica Dawley from Hollywood, FL, has won her first WSOP bracelet in Event #57 of the 2018 WSOP, the $1,000/$10,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship. The victory was worth $130,230, surpassing her previous career earnings of $117,258 in 24 previous WSOP and WSOP Circuit cashes.
“I can’t even put it into words. It hasn’t hit me yet for sure. I kept picturing myself as I was sitting here; I kept looking at these boxes of everyone in their bracelet photos and I kept trying to keep my head straight with that,” Dawley told WSOP reporters, referencing the photos of 2018 bracelet winners that adorn the final table stage in the Brasilia room. “I was looking at that picture and hoping that was me at the end of the day. It’s been kind of a grind for the last ten years and I’m really happy with this result.”
Dawley entered the final day in second chip position with ten players remaining. She obtained her day off to a solid start, making a king-high straight versus Danielle Andersen’s queen-high straight to eliminate her in tenth place ($6,799). Keeping that Dawley rose right into the straight-out lead.
Jill Pike entered the day as the chip leader and she did exactly what she might to equal Dawley by knocking out former poker reporter Molly Mossey in 8th area ($11,411) as well as Weiyi Mo in 7th place ($15,167).
Jill Pike gained back the lead, getting aces versus the ace-jack of Jacqueline Burkhart to send her to the rail in 5th place ($28,167). Lisa Fong then busted Mesha James in 4th location ($39,334), just to send out all her chips over to Dawley not long after. Fong made $55,812 as the third-place finisher after she pushed ADiamond Suit6Diamond Suit and got called by Dawley with pocket kings. Dawley’s hand held approximately offer her more than an 8-to-1 chip lead over Jill Pike heading hinto heads-up play.
Pike eventually shoved all-in for 4 and a half huge blinds with the KHeart Suit4Spade Suit from the button and Dawley rapidly called holding the 8Heart Suit5Heart Suit. The board went out 10Club Suit7Heart Suit5Diamond Suit9Club SuitAHeart Suit, offering Dawley a set of fives to win the pot and the title. Pike was granted $80,444 for her second-place surface in this occasion.
Final Table Payouts:
1st: Jessica Dawley, $130,230
2nd: Jill Pike, $80,444
3rd: Lisa Fong, $55,812
4th: Mesha James, $39,334
5th: Jacqueline Burkhart, $28,167
6th: Tara Cain, $20,499
7th: Weiyi Mo, $15,167
8th: Molly Mossey, $11,411
9th: Tara Snow, $8,732