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Three Women, One Tournament: WSOPC Makes Poker History In Palm Beach
Event #2 at this year's World Series of Poker Circuit stop at the Palm Beach Kennel Club may well have made poker history. It wasn't even the biggest event held that day, but it did feature a poker first: women took the top three spots in a non-gender-exclusive World Series Of Poker event. New Yorker poker pro Loni Harwood finished first, followed by Anne Amato and Amanda Musumeci. What's even more unusual is the fact as they were sliding making their way into poker history, the final stages of the $1,000,000 Guaranteed event that kicked off the tournament were going down a few feet away.
Reports say that the evening was a real corker, with an atmosphere that was miles away from the usual casino reserve. Players were buying each other drinks, observers were cheering and everyone was having a great time, proving that even with money on the line, poker players remember that the game is all about fun.
Harwood, who graduated from State University of New York at Albany last year with a degree in finance is 22. The aspiring poker pro was in Florida visiting her father, who lives in Hallandale. She discovered the WSOP Circuit was being played in West Palm Beach and decided to pay a visit. The rest, as the cliché goes, is history. Third-palcer Amanda Musumeci, who hails from Philadelphia is best known for finishing 62nd in least year's WSOP Main Event. Runner-up Anne Amato is also an accomplished tournament chess player.
With the gender imbalance in the game, the odds of this happening again anytime soon are pretty, pretty grim, but who knows? Maybe more women will be inspired to hit the tables when they see they can do just what the guys do.
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