J.J. Liu Almost Wins WPT Shooting Stars: UPDATE
Poker history was almost made at the WPT Shooting Stars tournament at Bay 101.
J.J. Liu, a woman, was in contention to become the first woman to ever win a major $10k buy-in event.
But then Ted Forrest stood up for men everywhere around the world and said, "No fucking way I'm letting a woman beat me at a man's game. I'm Ted Freaking Forrest. Sure, if this was knitting class or some shit like that she might have a chance. But not poker."*
When heads-up play began, J.J. Liu, a woman, actually had the chip advantage, stacked 5,305,000 to 3,695,000.
The two battled heads-up for nearly 100 hands and the heads-up match climaxed when Forrest moved all-in pre-flop with pocket 7's. Liu called with A-8. Forrest made a boat to win.
UPDATE: Turns out J.J. Liu is four months pregnant and having some problems during the final table. WCP hopes she's OK. Above humor all in jest, as always.
For the win, Forrest banks $1,125,000. Liu brings home $600,000.
The rest of the final table results were: 3) Amir Shayesteh - $314,000, 4) James Van Alstyne - $250,000, 5) Vince Shaw - $200,000, and 6) Bill Edler - $160,000.
* Dramatization with no actual proof that was said.
- Image from World Poker Tour.