After holding the chip lead for much of the Ladies Championship event at the World Series of Poker, many thought that La Sengphet would emerge as the winner, but as so often happens in the peaks and valleys of the game she was able only to muster a seventh placing as Vanessa Hellebuyk swept to victory in an event that sparked another gender uproar.
It was certainly an eventful weekend at the Las Vegas epic:
Event 21, the $1,500 buy-in Seven-Card Stud, saw internet high stakes cash game pro Richard Ashby emerge triumphant from a competitive and highly experienced final table to take the main prize of $140,467.
In the heads up he was at a chip disadvantage as he faced Christine Pietsch at the start, who gave him a good run for his money but was not able to stop the young Brit, who claimed his first WSOP bracelet.
The fireworks occurred in Event 22, the $1,000 Ladies NLHE contest.and not just at the tables.
Shaun Deeb in drag, along with a few other males claiming gender inequality, entered and played in the event but were not among the final tablers when the game ended. Deeb, who has variously claimed he did it for a bet and to protest at the gender inequality of the event, was at the centre of the publicity, subsequently earning some harsh criticism on pro blogs.
Aside from that talking point, the event featured some excellent players by any standards, and by Day 2 the field was down to 136, with respected aces like Michelle Lewis, Liv Boeree, Lacey Jones and Karina Jett unable to stay the course.
By close of play Saturday Sidsel Boesen finished with the overnight chip lead on a final table …