No other ladies event in the world gives the women this much play, but we wanted to treat them equally with the men," noted Horseshoe’s WSOP tournament director Charlie Ceresi. Praise continued from the women as well; "I loved the structure and starting chips and the 40-minute rounds," said Kelley "Sandy Cheeks" Kiser who won a ladies WSOP circuit event at Horseshoe Southern Indiana last April. "And the staff bent over backwards for us: they were fabulous."
The competition was one to rival the men; as a result of the deep stacks along with tight play, the women didn’t get down to 10 players until 5:00 a.m., and it was decided to bring everyone back the next day at 4:00 p.m., rather than try to play through as originally scheduled. "This was a blast," chimed in Carol Jacobson from Whiting, Indiana. "I never had so much fun."
"We hoped our Chicagoland’s first-ever World Series of Poker ladies circuit event would be successful," said Rick Mazer, Indiana Regional President and General Manager, Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc. "We are so pleased with the tremendous response. The ladies demonstrated such enthusiasm and high-energy."
World Series of Poker at Horseshoe has a total of thirteen tournament events, with buy-ins ranging from us$ 300 up to us$ 5,000 for the no-limit Hold ’em finale. The winner of the us$ 5,000 championship will win cash plus a seat to the World Series of Poker Main Event, valued at us$ 10,000, at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas in summer 2009.