Barbara Martinez Wins WSOPE Ladies Event

French pro Barbara Martinez has won the WSOPE Cannes Ladies Event, after overcoming a field of 112 players to claim a gold ring and the €16,128 ($22,052) first place prize.
Despite not being an official bracelet event, Barbara Martinez’ victory still puts France on the WSOP Europe winners list in an otherwise disappointing year so far for the host country. Up until now France had managed just one 3rd place finish out of six WSOPE events.
Barbara Martinez hails from St. Gratien, a northern suburb of Paris. She is also a member of Team Pro  and did her sponsors proud on Saturday by winning the Ladies Event while playing at the casino Barrière Croisette in Cannes.
The €550 Event managed to attract a whole host of top players to the tournament, all hoping to be Europe’s first WSOP Ladies Champion and the biggest beneficiary of the €53,760 prize pool. Amongst those notable names falling short of their WSOP Europe ambitions were Claire Renaut, Erika Moutinho, Isabelle Mercier, Cathy Hong, Céline Bastian, and Lucile Cailly.
By the the time the final table of nine had been reached, seven players at the table were from France. After two hours of play Barbara Martinez was then able to lift her arms up in victory, with the final positions as follows:
1: Barbara Martinez €16,128 (France)
2: Eleanor Gudger €9,968 (UK)
3: Magali Fabron €7,097 (France)
4: Isabel Baltazar €5,156 (France)
5: Feliciana Cannillo €3,820 (France)
6: Susanne Kaufer €2,883 (Germany)
7: Sylvie Isabelle €2,217(France)
8: Marie Cieutat €1,737 (France)
9: Marion Montovani €1,385 (France)
Barbara Martinez cashed in at her first live tournament back in November 2009, and with her latest victory in Cannes now takes  her live tournament earnings to $193,229. She was also the last French player standing at the 2010 WSOP Main Event in Vegas, where she finished 527th for a $27,519 payday.

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