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Hellebuyck wins Ladies Championship

Vanessa Hellebuyck won the $1,000 Ladies Championship at the 2010 World Series of Poker, outlasting a field of 1,054 players. Hellebuyck, a 35-year-old freelance web designer and mother of two daughters, has had her share of poker success already, but made her debut in the WSOP in a big way. Hellebuyck earned $192,132 for first place and became the fifth French bracelet winner in WSOP history. This year's bracelet was designed by Steve Soffa and was customized for the event by the addition of pink diamonds.

Overseas, Hellebuyck has been in the poker spotlight with three final tables over the past year. The events may have been lower buy-ins (300-1,000 Euros), but Hellebuyck used that experience and turned it into a massive victory in Las Vegas.

"This is my first World Series," she said. "It means the world to me. I can't describe it. Cashing in Europe was very exciting for me. But I don't know what more I can do now, except maybe win another event that is not the Ladies event. That is the next step."

Leaving her children to play in this event, Hellebuyck felt added pressure to succeed.

"I left my children back in Paris. So when I do trips like this, I think I have more pressure than others because I do not want to be away from them," she said. "So, I feel the need to bring something back for them. Because I do not want this to just be about taking a holiday. I need to bring something home [profit] because my daughters are everything and being away has to be worth it."

Controversy clouded the Ladies Championship event as 10 men decided to participate. Nevada gaming laws prohibit discrimination by gender when it comes to poker tournaments, so if men feel that they want to enter, they can. However, this year, those men were not looked upon in a good light and suffered much criticism.

One of the more popular poker players in the world, Shaun Deeb, entered the event to the dismay of the WSOP staff. Dressing in women's clothing as a result of a prop bet loss, Deeb said he was planning on playing the event to send a message.

"I support women poker players," Deeb say in a statement made on YouTube. "My grandmother is the reason I played poker. She's the inspiration to me to this day … What I don't support is gender segregated bracelet events at the WSOP. I think that by having a ladies event, the WSOP is saying there's a reason to separate men and women on poker's biggest stage. I don't agree with that message. I believe that poker has no gender."

The Ladies Championship has been part of the WSOP since 1977, but recent developments most likely will alter the future of the event one way or the other. The WSOP had mentioned the possibility of repercussions on male participants, but nothing has been announced to date.

Here's a look at the final table courtesy of All360Poker.com:

Other notable finishers from Event 22 include Evelyn Ng (29th), Linda Johnson (31st), Lacey Jones (41st), Liv Boeree (53rd) and ESPN.com's poker rankings contributor Jessica Welman (83rd).

Below are the complete results of Event 22 at the 2010 World Series of Poker:

Event 22: Ladies Championship
Buy-in: $1,000
Entries: 1,054
Prize pool: $948,600
Players in the money: 117

1. Vanessa Hellebuyck ($192,132)
2. Sidsel Boesen ($118,897)
3. Timmi Derosa ($74,389)
4. Allison Whalen ($53,994)
5. Kami Chisholm ($39,860)
6. Holly Hodge ($29,880)
7. La Sengphet ($22,728)
8. Bonnie Overfield ($17,520)
9. Loren Watterworth ($13,688)
10. Ronit Chamani ($10,833)
11. Traci Brown ($10,833)
12. Fatima Gaonach ($10,833)
13. Yu Kurita ($8,689)
14. Lisa Teebagy ($8,689)
15. Monica Champa ($8,689)
16. Stacy Matuson-Taylor ($7,057)
17. Hongvan Tran ($7,057)
18. Ruth Hall ($7,057)
19. Kima Kimura ($5,805)
20. Amber Chatwin ($5,805)
21. Joanne Haas ($5,805)
22. Lisa Emrich ($5,805)
23. Teresa Duck ($5,805)
24. Leeann Ball ($5,805)
25. Mary Forrest ($5,805)
26. Natalie Gerling ($5,805)
27. Kandis Harris ($5,805)
28. Alisa Chandler ($4,847)
29. Evelyn Ng ($4,847)
30. Jennifer Serwicki ($4,847)
31. Linda Johnson ($4,847)
32. Mary Madison ($4,847)
33. Svetlana Gromenkova ($4,847)
34. Melissa Nelson ($4,847)
35. Wooka Kim ($4,847)
36. Angela Pellegrino ($4,847)
37. Margaret Martin ($4,097)
38. Nguyn Dang ($4,097)
39. Diane Gagne ($4,097)
40. Teresa Savage ($4,097)
41. Lacey Jones ($4,097)
42. Angela Jordison ($4,097)
43. Julie Nhien Thi Dang ($4,097)
44. A Ram Hong ($4,097)
45. April Jorgensen ($4,097)
46. Lisa Jacobs ($3,500)
47. Jerilyn Totani ($3,500)
48. Mimi Tran ($3,500)
49. Ivona Lungu ($3,500)
50. Monica Hambley ($3,500)
51. Christy Pham ($3,500)
52. Jeseka Snider ($3,500)
53. Liv Boeree ($3,500)
54. Maria Kalantzi ($3,500)
55. Carol Gardner ($3,026)
56. Janet Andersen ($3,026)
57. Marie Overly ($3,026)
58. Rhoda Ward ($3,026)
59. Nelda Hopper ($3,026)
60. Cara Moore ($3,026)
61. Lisa Adams ($3,026)
62. Faithful Lo ($3,026)
63. Claudia Crawford ($3,026)
64. Michelle Richey ($2,656)
65. Sarah Wissel ($2,656)
66. Lisa Ahumada ($2,656)
67. Rosemary Lawrence ($2,656)
68. Khamsy Nuanmanee ($2,656)
69. Xuan Liu ($2,656)
70. Jennifer Cox ($2,656)
71. Sheila Takasaki ($2,656)
72. Andi Theriault ($2,656)
73. Anna Marcie ($2,362)
74. Lisa Nomura ($2,362)
75. Maria Ho ($2,362)
76. Jana Vondach ($2,362)
77. Janet Howard ($2,362)
78. Barbara Maeker ($2,362)
79. Allison Schultz ($2,362)
80. Patricia Cahill ($2,362)
81. Kathleen Doyle ($2,362)
82. Denise Molloy ($2,124)
83. Jessica Welman ($2,124)
84. Tanya Urrutia ($2,124)
85. Patricia Hildreth ($2,124)
86. Jennifer Gianera ($2,124)
87. Karen Perez ($2,124)
88. Lisa Vukasin ($2,124)
89. Jennifer Bernard ($2,124)
90. Janet Kelley ($2,124)
91. Stella Davila ($1,954)
92. Elizabeth Morone ($1,954)
93. Audrey Jaudhuin ($1,954)
94. Inesa Paberzs ($1,954)
95. Bachcuc Rolfe ($1,954)
96. Thi Bui ($1,954)
97. Diana Lemay ($1,954)
98. Jacqueline Keyes ($1,954)
99. Cari Jewett ($1,954)
100. Jill Stevens ($1,802)
101. Hanh Mai ($1,802)
102. Kelly Giannetti ($1,802)
103. Bryce Daifuku ($1,802)
104. Alexandra Vuong ($1,802)
105. Jennifer Germany ($1,802)
106. Faith Klimczak ($1,802)
107. Vathana Seng ($1,802)
108. Esther Bonding ($1,802)
109. Jennifer Greaves ($1,802)
110. Joanna Pfeister ($1,802)
111. Debby Perkins ($1,802)
112. Tiffani Samuel ($1,802)
113. Julie Le ($1,802)
114. Janine Oneill ($1,802)
115. Beverly Geber ($1,802)
116. Stephanie Alderman ($1,802)
117. Linh Luong ($1,802)