It's also a special occasion when a woman advances to the final table of a major poker event in the make-dominated circuit, but it's true history to see a trio of women make a deep run in a major tournament. That's what happened over at the 2021 WPT Venetian with three women advancing to the final table. For the first time in WPT history, there was an equal gender split represented at the final table.
The WPT Venetian had a $5,000 buy-in, which attracted 1,199 runners. The prize pool topped $5.5 million with the top 150 places earning a piece of the juicy cheesecake. Of course, the top couple places won the bulk of the cash with $910K set aside to the champion.
The final six featured Chad Eveslage, Kyna England, Daniela Rodriguez, Kitty Kuo, Tim McDermott, and Mike Liang. With three women among the final six, this was no ordinary final table in Las Vegas.
Kitty Kuo busted first at the final table in sixth place on Hand #14. She missed a straight draw and lost against Eveslage's Jacks up.
Kyna England hit the rail when her lost to Eveslage's pocket tens. England and her magical run ended in third place, which paid out nearly $449K. With her elimination, it set up a heads-up bout between Mike Liang and Chad Eveslage with the two nearly even in chips.
Heads up lasted only 13 hands. Early on in their joust, Eveslage ousted Liang with vs . Liang flopped trips, but Eveslage won the pot with a King-high straight. Liang was severely outchipped 45.7M to 2.2M after that disastrous hand.
Liang couldn't pull off the comeback and he bowed out in second place, which paid out $606,890. Not too shabby for a runner-up finish, eh?
Eveslage banked $910,370 for first place and gets his name etched on to the Mike Sexton trophy.
Ari Oxman bubbled the final table in seventh place, with Nacho Barbero busting just before in eight place. Other notables who went deep and cashed in the 2021 WPT Venetian included ... The Grinder, Scotty Nguyen, Tony Dunst, Matt Bond, Manh Nguyen, Jason Koon, Nick Pupillo, Johnny World Hennigan, Nadya Magnus, Kathy Liebert, Stephen Song, Ben Palmer, Harrison Gimble, Pat Lyons, Tony Tran, Robert Mizrachi, Keven Stammen, Sean Perry, Chance Kornuth, Jean Gaspard, Jeremy Asumus, Shawn Daniels, Brock Wilson, Eddy Sabat, Scott Baumstein, Matt Stout, Donald Maloney, Markus Gonsalves, Elio Fox, Jason Wheeler, Viny Lima, Tony Sinishtaj, Darren Elias, Stephen Chidwick, Bill Klein, Farid Jattin, Craig Varnell, Anthony Zinno, Nck Petrangelo, Nate Silver, Joey Weissman, Johnny Bax, Joe Cada, Sam Panzica, Qing Liu, Dan Shak, Bobby Oboodi, Christian Harder, Marle Cordeiro, Andrew Lichtenberger, Ryan Laplante, and David the Dragon Pham.
In an added bit of drama, the morning after the final table, Dan Shak tweeted that he tested positive for COVID-19.