This Is Getting Really Interesting ...
OK ladies, I have looked at the end of Day 5 chip counts. This is getting really interesting ...
It's down to 98 players remaining with five of the 98 being women! Three of the women are in the top 20 with respectable chip counts - where "respectable" is defined as in excess of three million chips. Of the five, Gaelle Baumann is tops in eighth place with 3,980,000 chips. Were it not for a bad break inflicted on Gaelle due to a close ruling involving a mucked hand, she could have been in second or third place.
The chip leader is Kyle Keranen with 6,935,000 chips. In second place is Robert Salaburu with 6,195,000 chips. (I assume both of these guys are good internet players.) The five remaining ladies line up as follows.
8 Gaelle Baumann 3,980,000
15 Jan Heitman 3,410,000
17 Elisabeth Hille 3,390,000
46 Marcia Topp 1,700,000
59 Vanessa Selbst 1,350,000
I'm not enough of a mathematician/statistician to accurately estimate probabilities, but common sense would suggest there is at least a one-in-twenty chance (i.e. five percent) that one of these ladies will make the final table. With just a pinch of good luck and good cards, it's not inconceivable that two of the five could wind up on the final table. That would be historic!
Regardless of what happens later today in Level 6, nobody can say that women can't play poker. Every lady that played in this year's Main Event deserves a round of applause from us guys. You all did great!
Now, for you five that are still in the field. Go out and break a leg!