Late Sunday night at the Rio in Las Vegas, Jacquelyn Scott, a 66 year old real estate broker from Florida, was observed kissing the forehead of one World Series of Poker dealer. Why, you ask? Because she had just won the most prestigious ladies-only poker event the game has ever known, the World Series of Poker $10,000 Ladies NL Holdem Poker Championship.
Jacquelyn Scott is not your tell-tale poker pro. She’s played in—and cashed in—her fair share of poker tournaments, mind you, but last weekend’s enormous victory marked the first time the female Floridian has ever cashed in a WSOP event. For her tremendous efforts, Jacquelyn Scott was awarded the coveted 2015 WSOP gold bracelet and a lofty prize of $153,876.
After her epic win at 2015 WSOP Event #53, Ms. Scott told reporters how special this tournament is. “I’m used to playing mostly with men back at home, but decided to come out for the first time and play in this.
“I was so impressed by the way everyone behaves and the kindness you see at the table. We talk among ourselves and really enjoy the atmosphere.” During those conversations, Ms. Scott learned that, “Many women make this their one Las Vegas tournament of the year.”
Jacquelyn Scott may be new to the Ladies event at the WSOP, but she’s actually played in 6 WSOP Main Events over the years. In 2009, she remembers being seated on Day 1 at the same table as renowned television actor Jason Alexander and former WSOP Champ Greg Raymer.
Ms. Scott describes the game of poker as a sport, but says unlike the athletic variety, “anyone can play and if the cards go your way, you can win. Age isn’t a detriment as long as you can hold the cards and know what you’re doing.”
Jacquelyn Scott overcomes Tough Competition to Capture 2015 WSOP Ladies Championship
The Florida realtor faced plenty of tough competition throughout the 795-field event, especially at the final table. Jacquelyn Scott was able to overcome 2002 World Poker Open Ladies Champion Parm Mehmi (5th, $33,363) as well as Chinese poker pro Li Fu (4th, $44,883), a cash game specialist currently residing in Ontario.
Following the elimination of fellow real estate broker Amanda Sizemore (3rd, $61,268), Jacquelyn Scott prepared to go toe to toe with Hope Williams, a pastime poker player and graduate student due to receive her Masters Degree in the fall.
Scott had a substantial lead going into the heads-up battle, leading 3.155mm to Williams’ 820k. It took about 45 minutes for the final hand to be dealt.
Jacquelyn raised 150k and Hope shipped her remaining stack into the middle. Scott made the call and the cards were tabled.
Jacquelyn Scott: K♥ Q♠
Hope Williams: A♠ K♣
Scott knew she had to play catch-up to have any chance at capturing the bracelet on this hand, and while the 4♥ 9♠ 10♥ flop was less than accommodating, the Q♣ turn was enough to put her ahead with top pair. Now it was Ms. Williams seeking an out, but the 10♦ river failed to deliver.
Hope Williams, who’s collected three small cashes at WSOP events dating back to 2010, collected the largest cash of her part-time career, $95,039, for the runner up finish.
Jacquelyn Scott, a regular at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Florida with a multitude of 4-figure cashes under her belt, was crowned the 2015 WSOP Ladies Champion, awarded the gold bracelet and the 1st place prize of $153,876.