Posts Tagged ‘Amanda Musumeci’

Amanda Musumeci falls short in 2012 WSOP Event #9

Friday, June 8th, 2012

To say that there’s a drought among female winners at the WSOP is an understatement. In fact, the last woman to win an open-entry WSOP tournament came in 2008, when Vanessa Selbst won a $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event. Maria Ho came close to ending this drought last year when she finished runner-up to Allen Bari in a 2011 WSOP $5,000 NLHE tournament – but again, no dice.

So it’s no surprise that plenty of people were excited when Amanda Musumeci made a deep run in the recent 2012 WSOP Event #9. The Philadelphia native burst onto the poker scene last year when she made a deep run in the 2011 Main Event; she ended up finishing 62nd and earning $130,997. So many poker fans were already well aware of Musumeci by the time the Event #9 final table rolled around.

Unfortunately for her, Ashkan Razavi was busy steam-rolling opponents at the final table, and by the time he and Musumeci met heads-up, he had built over a 6:1 chip advantage on her. She managed to make things entertaining by doubling up at one point and prolonging the heads-up match for a while; however, it wasn’t enough as Musumeci finished in second with a sizable¬†$481,643 prize.

Seeing as how she was runner-up, this signifies another miss for the ladies when it comes to open WSOP tournaments. Of course, things aren’t over by a long shot for the women because there are still 50 bracelet events left to be played, which leaves them with plenty of time to end the dry spell.

As for Musumeci, there’s no reason to be sad because she’s proven to be quite the grinder over the past year. In between her 62nd Main Event finish and the 2nd place finish in the 2012 WSOP, she managed to cash in 15 different tournaments – including eight WSOP Circuit events. Taking all of this into account, she’s now earned $748,223 in career tournament winnings.

Amanda Musumeci, Claudia Crawford 2011 WSOP Main Event Darlings

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

Every year, there are a couple of women who battle for the title of “Last Woman Standing” in the WSOP Main Event. And this year, Amanda Musumeci and Claudia Crawford are both making strong runs at being the last woman standing in the 2011 WSOP Main Event.¬†After five days of play with 174 players left, Crawford is in the best position at 46th with over 2.1 million chips, while Musumeci is 87th with 985,000 chips.

Obviously Crawford has the strongest chance to be the last woman standing; however, anything can happen in the Main Event, which means Musumeci could also make a move.

Regardless of what happens, both women are already winners since they’ve gained lots of publicity by making it this far. For Crawford, who only had nine small cashes in her career, making it into the final 200 players of the Main Event means that she’s finally a recognized face. And seeing as how she’s attractive, this Main Event run could lead to a big sponsorship deal for Crawford.

For Musumeci, her strong Main Event play has finally earned her a live poker tournament cash. Before this year’s Main Event, she was primarily known for online poker tournaments, which doesn’t usually land people sponsorship deals. This being said, there was outcry when Bodog Poker signed Musumeci to a big deal since men with similar stats (over $700k in online winnings) probably wouldn’t get the same opportunity.

On the other hand, Bodog has always exemplified the playboy image of owner Calvin Ayre, and they often bring plenty of women to commercial events such as Poker in the Park. In any case, this Main Event cash further legitimizes Musumeci’s career.

Questionable Bodog Poker Signings

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

One thing that I’ve been noticing a lot in the online poker world is some questionable signings. And what I mean by this is people who don’t necessarily show all of the merits that a typical signed player should.

The prime suspect in this discussion is Bodog Poker, which has dumped all of its male pros like David Williams and Josh Arieh in favor of an all-female contingent of Amanda Musumeci, Tatjana Pasalic and Evelyn Ng. Now I do have to say that Ng has been with the company for a while, having cashed for a respectable $377,191. However, not a whole lot of people get signed to a major poker room with $377k in winnings, and the sultry Asian went nearly two years between 2008 and 2010 without any cash at all.

Of course, this is better than Musumeci, who has zero live cashes. Fortunately, there is some merit with signing the Pennsylvania native since she has over $770k in online tournament cashes. But once again, your average, chubby male grinder doesn’t get signed by a site like Bodog with $770k in online cashes. No, they’d have to be an attractive younger woman to swing this deal.

Last up on this list is Tatjana Pasalic, who has virtually no poker experience away from her reporting and presenting duties. Pasalic has less than $6,000 in live cashes, which doesn’t really qualify as much more than a good poker TV host. Even fellow hostess Kara Scott has a nice playing career with $561,603 in live cashes.

Now all of this isn’t to say that Bodog and other rooms shouldn’t be signing attractive female players because it not only appeals to red-blooded males, but also encourages other women to get into poker. But trying to turn your stable of pros into a swimsuit calendar isn’t exactly the most respectable thing to do.