On Tuesday, the 2015 World Series of Poker National Championship aired on ESPN for two hours. The main story of the first hour was the elimination of Daniel Negreanu in sixth place, so we’ll move on to the second hour, which began with Loni Harwood holding the chip lead five-handed.
The National Championship, which was held in the rolling foothills of the Smoky Mountains at Harrah’s Cherokee, had 100 automatic qualifiers. Up to 100 other players were offered the chance to buy in.
On the first hand shown in the second hour of coverage, Brad St. Vincent “misclicked” live against Harwood, putting the wrong color chips in for a call and accidentally raising. Harwood re-raised and St. Vincent mucked, losing 12% of his stack. ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad joked, “At the Norman Chad School of Poker, you can major in misclicking.”
An interview with Harwood then aired in which she gave her thoughts on being a role model as the Last Woman Standing and a former bracelet winner: “I never really think of myself as a role model. I always looked up to Vanessa Selbst, so it’s crazy to think that people look up to me.”
Vince Moscati doubled up several times before ultimately busting in fifth place. In his final hand, he was all-in before the flop with 7-6 of clubs against Harwood’s K-9 of hearts. Harwood paired her nine on the flop and that was it, sending Moscati to the rail $83,000 richer for his wear.
St. Vincent was the next to go. He was all-in before the flop with J-10 and in dire straits against Harwood’s K-J. St. Vincent was drawing dead by the river and exited in fourth place for $111,000. It was Harwood’s third elimination at the final table.
PocketFiver Darryl DFish Fish, who spiked a one-outer to stave off elimination earlier in the episode, busted in third place after his K-J of hearts could not draw out on Alex Masek’s A-J. Fish picked up flush and straight draws on the flop, but couldn’t connect, giving Masek the chip lead entering heads-up play. It was the first time since there were 11 players left that Harwood had not held the chip lead.
Despite entering as the short stack, Harwood ran over Masek heads-up. Masek, who holds the record with eight WSOP Circuit rings, eventually called all-in before the flop with A-7 against Harwood’s 3-3 for a race. Harwood hit a set on the flop and won the WSOP National Championship. There was very little emotion by either player, leaving Chad to say, “It appears to be over. Someone needs to tell them.” Roll credits.
Harwood became just the third woman ever to win two or more open WSOP bracelets, joining Selbst and Jennifer Harman.
The 2015 WSOP Main Event will begin airing on ESPN2 on Monday, September 14 at 8:00pm ET. It’ll run head-to-head with Monday Night Football for three weeks before moving to Sunday nights starting October 4.