Monday July 4, 2011 : Event 53 $1,000 Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship was down to 141 from an original field of 1,055 entering the second day, and this was reduced to just 14 players led by Valerie McColligan by the third and last day of the competition.
 
In less than six hours of hectic action Sunday the event wrapped, with Arizona real estate investor Marsha Wolak taking her first WSOP gold bracelet and $192,344 in prize money, and eliminating the sole male entrant on the way into the final table.
 
It was an impressive achievement, given the star-studded entry field for the competition.
 
Carol Tomlinson's departure in third place started a heads up between Wolak and Karina Jett which lasted for just one hand and resulted in Jett's third final table defeat in this event. She picked up the second placing check for $119,010.
 
There was some irony in Wolak's victory; last year she was busted out of the ladies event by male intruder Shaun Deeb, whilst this year she was the one to eliminate the only male in the event.