Monday July 4, 2011 : Event 53 $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship attracted an eye-catching and expert crowd of 1,055 women to the tables on its first day, which was halted after ten levels with Celine Bastian as chip leader, pursued closely by Ruby Du.
 
140 ladies and one man bagged their chips at the end of the first day and returned to the felt Saturday for a second day of action.
 
Approaching midnight Saturday at level 17, the field was down to 18 players with Valerie McColligan on 470,000 in the chip lead, chased by closest rival Karen Fisher on 280,000. And literally the odd man out – entrant Jonathan Epstein – remains in contention!