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Last minute decision leads to bracelet

Updated: June 10, 2009, 9:28 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

Event 16 | Event 18

It's a story we've heard before … but honestly, it doesn't get old. Lisa Hamilton, a cash game specialist from Las Vegas, Nevada, wasn't planning on entering Event 17, the no-limit hold 'em Ladies World Championship. In fact, she was never planning on entering another tournament again after a quick exit in a previous WSOP event. However, when it was time to decide, she put up the $1,000 buy-in.

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IMPDI 2009Cash game specialist Lisa Hamilton has planned to play in only one more tournament: the main event.

"I entered at the last minute," Hamilton said to the WSOP. "I kept telling my friend, 'I'm not playing!' I am not playing in this event! I decided to play and I don't even know how I made it this far. I'm shocked!"

A field of 1,060 ladies bought in, marking the fourth consecutive year that the field had over 1,000 players. Hamilton sailed into Day 3 in second place and continued to play strong as the field dwindled. The final table progressed quickly and when heads-up play began, Hamilton held about a 3:1 chip lead over her opponent, Lori Bender. Bender was the chip leader when the final table began, but couldn't overcome Hamilton's aggression. On the final hand, both players held a pair of eights, but Hamilton's kicker was the difference (a queen versus a nine).

Although a final table wasn't in the cards for Susie Issacs, she did make history in this event. By making the money and finishing in 84th place, Issacs has now cashed in this event nine times, the most in WSOP history.

Other notable finishers include Karina Jett (21st), Maria Ho (97th), and Erica Schoenberg (117th).

Below are the complete results of Event 17:

Event 17: Ladies World Championship, no-limit hold 'em
Buy-in: $1,000
Entries: 1,060
Prize pool: $964,600
Players in the money: 117

1. Lisa Hamilton ($195,390)
2. Lori Bender ($120,575)
3. Mari Lou Morelli ($78,132)
4. Angel Pedroza ($53,940)
5. Kimberly Cunningham ($38,719)
6. Kimberly Rios ($29,121)
7. Lisa Parsons ($22,880)
8. Dawn Thomas ($18,742)
9. Lisa Santy ($15,973)
10. Donna Houle ($13,716)
11. Collette Brown ($13,716)
12. India Storrar ($13,716)
13. J. J. Liu ($9,954)
14. Julieta Jimena ($9,954)
15. Tamara Tibbles ($9,954)
16. Melissa Masek ($7,118)
17. Sandra West ($7,118)
18. Anna Kantor ($7,118)
19. Angie Tran ($5,556)
20. Jamie Kerstetter ($5,556)
21. Karina Jett ($5,556)
22. Alice Talbot ($5,556)
23. Lauren Kling ($5,556)
24. Laurie Swaney ($5,556)
25. Jennifer Vinlove ($5,556)
26. Nelda Hopper ($5,556)
27. Frances Bartolone ($5,556)
28. Nancy Bane ($4,581)
29. Cindy Hillis ($4,581)
30. Patti Zarosky ($4,581)
31. Yian Saelee ($4,581)
32. Maura Harris ($4,581)
33. Shelly Brown ($4,581)
34. Sandra White ($4,581)
35. Alya Nazarali ($4,581)
36. Deb Blair ($4,581)
37. Deb Snead ($3,790)
38. Marie Chalendard ($3,790)
39. Michelle Withers ($3,790)
40. Mary Austin ($3,790)
41. Ulrika Tangstrom ($3,790)
42. Candy Kolfage ($3,790)
43. Thuy Thi Bich Beltran ($3,790)
44. Susan Joseph ($3,790)
45. Vanessa Peng ($3,790)
46. Monica Champa ($3,260)
47. Candace Bonn ($3,260)
48. Rhonda Armstrong ($3,260)
49. Maria Mayrinck ($3,260)
50. Lisa Vukasin ($3,260)
51. Lisa Khuu ($3,260)
52. Ann Shea ($3,260)
53. Lucia Pierce ($3,260)
54. Avelyn Navarro ($3,260)
55. Debbie Burkhead ($2,864)
56. Julie Kruze ($2,864)
57. Svetlana Gromenkova ($2,864)
58. Brenda Egedisen ($2,864)
59. Laura Rody ($2,864)
60. Mychele Medina ($2,864)
61. Donna Varlotto ($2,864)
62. Chhaya Samor ($2,864)
63. Nancy Murray ($2,864)
64. Terri Mccabe ($2,575)
65. Christine Priday ($2,575)
66. Dorothy VonSachsen ($2,575)
67. Betty Martinez ($2,575)
68. Lorri Broda ($2,575)
69. Christina Schroeder ($2,575)
70. Gail Seagris ($2,575)
71. Hillarie Katz ($2,575)
72. Victoria Volynsky ($2,575)
73. Marina Adriaans ($2,459)
74. Jennifer Baker ($2,459)
75. Dang Nguyen ($2,459)
76. Ann-Margaret Johnston ($2,459)
77. Brett Abarbanel ($2,459)
78. Leah Elizabeth Albritton ($2,459)
79. Amanda Cook ($2,459)
80. Jennifer Leago ($2,459)
81. Lori Broder ($2,459)
82. Melissa Verrett ($2,228)
83. Tracy Vullo ($2,228)
84. Susie Isaacs ($2,228)
85. Roneen Shaffer ($2,228)
86. Marlene Holomon ($2,228)
87. Nicole Honour ($2,228)
88. Anh Le ($2,228)
89. Espy Enriquez ($2,228)
90. Rosalind Juarbe ($2,228)
91. Jodene Mcdonald ($2,083)
92. Maria Feterman ($2,083)
93. Nancy Newburger ($2,083)
94. Adeline Bui ($2,083)
95. Christin Bachman ($2,083)
96. Patricia Clark ($2,083)
97. Maria Ho ($2,083)
98. Beth Gains ($2,083)
99. Jody Phillippo ($2,083)
100. Maria Kalantzi ($1,900)
101. Thuyen Doan ($1,900)
102. Inga Rodriguez ($1,900)
103. Jane Wheat ($1,900)
104. Hai Nguyen ($1,900)
105. Dawn Vaneffen ($1,900)
106. Enid Musson ($1,900)
107. Katarina Hardisty ($1,900)
108. Dawn Decarlo ($1,900)
109. Raylene Celaya ($1,900)
110. Stacie Boehm ($1,900)
111. Sanda Kasinowicz ($1,900)
112. Kim Hollingshead ($1,900)
113. Robin McCarty ($1,900)
114. Mo Han ($1,900)
115. Wendi Benecke ($1,900)
116. Norma Walker ($1,900)
117. Erica Schoenberg ($1,900)

Andrew Feldman is ESPN.com's Poker Editor. He is the host of the Poker Edge Podcast and co-host of ESPN Inside Deal. Andrew has covered the poker industry for ESPN since 2004.

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