Marsha Waggoner has added another highlight to a long and decorated poker CV after reaching the final table of the first International Federation of Poker (IFP) World Championship, known as The Table. The Australian Poker Hall of Famer is among the short stacks but will be eager to make her mark when the final table kicks-off later today.
Waggoner, who has twice been the highest placed female finisher in the WSOP Main Event, is among three women to have reached “The Table”, which comprises:
Seat 1: Igor Trafane (Brazil) 369,000
Seat 2: Sandra Naujoks (Germany) 167,000
Seat 3: Takuo Serita (Japan) 41,000
Seat 4: Kinichi Nakata (Japan) 29,000
Seat 5: Victoria Coren (United Kingdom) 204,000
Seat 6: Slavko Tomic (Serbia) 44,000
Seat 7: Marsha Waggoner (Australia) 32,000
Seat 8: Tim Reese (Germany) 44,000
Seat 9: Raul Mestre (Spain) 426,000
The prizemoney will be awarded as follows:
The line-up features two former EPT champions (Coren won the 2006 EPT London title, and Naujoks took out the 2009 EPT crown in her native Germany) while chip leader Raul Mestre is best known as a high stakes cash game player. But Brazilian Igor Trafane earned plenty of fans with his aggressive and calculated play, and he has enough chips to have a major say in who takes home the first prize of USD $250,000.
Other Australian players who featured in the IFP World Championship included Tony G, Leo Boxell, Jackie Glazier, Mike Guttmann, Mel Judah and Vesko Zmukic. Shane Warne was also a surprise starter in the event.