The last day of the month, and the last chance to improve my standing in the Women's Poker League ($5.50 div.).   The last scheduled tourney is the one I usually play (8:00pm CT), and the top ten before the game were as follows:

     Name/Country/Games played/Total points
1   ColdAgatha      Poland         28  211
2   joy7108           Canada        25  197
3   Zosya7g           Russia          30  195
4   domblonde69   Brazil            29  188
5   PSmiss             Netherlands  31  179
6   zemlyanikasw    Russia          31  169
7   katelynf            Canada         28  164
8   Idlucas             Portugal       29  163
9   CanadaGold26  Canada         29  160
10  mpmaniac       Canada         27  157

Since the most you can score in one game is 20 points, there were only a few opponents that could pass me in the standings.  The only one actually entered in the tourney was Zosya7g, so I was watching her from the beginning. (Idlucas and mpmaniac were playing, but couldn't catch me even if they won for 20 points)  This tourney was very small with only 27 entries, and only the top 4 were paid.

For most of the tourney I was playing very tight, and played only a few hands.  First good hand, and my opponent has hardly any chips.

Same hand, very different result.

At this point I went card dead, and my chips dwindled down slowly.  This hand was good enough for an all in.

Not a big help, but I pick up a few chips.  I'm getting pretty desperate for a double up, but I'm still being patient.  My stack is hovering right around 1K for a long time.  I steal my share of blinds just to stay even, while my opponent is doing the same.  Then along comes this hand to give me a big boost.

Now we're down to two tables, and I have them both up on my screen so I can watch the plays.  I'm sitting at 3K in chips, so I'm back in tight mode.  My chips dwindle a bit and when we reach the final table the stacks are:

PokerStars Hand #81309473592: Tournament #552708788, $5.00+$0.50 USD Hold'em No Limit - Level IX (75/150) - 2012/05/31 21:28:17 CT [2012/05/31 22:28:17 ET]
Table '552708788 4' 9-max Seat #7 is the button
Seat 1: bebe666 (11711 in chips)
Seat 2: nelvita82 (2805 in chips)
Seat 3: Zosya7g (2143 in chips)
Seat 4: vikulinka (5583 in chips)
Seat 5: joy7108 (2147 in chips)
Seat 6: PALOMA LIBRE (1110 in chips)
Seat 7: mpmaniac (5287 in chips)
Seat 8: Cheyenne1165 (4816 in chips) out of hand (moved from another table into small blind)
Seat 9: boss stax (4898 in chips) out of hand (moved from another table into small blind)

I'm watching Zosya7g and trying to keep ahead of her, the last thing I want to do is go out first.  The chip lead between the two of us flipped back and forth, until finally this happened:

At this point I had second place locked up, I was thrilled.  My next target was to make the money, in this case fourth place.  I was shoving any ace, any two broadway, any pair, picking up pots just to stay even with the blinds.  They come around pretty fast with only 5 at the table.  Fifth place knockout:

So now I've made it to the money, but I'm the short stack.  I open shove with 5sAd and pick up a 1200 pot.   I'm not even thinking about first place, I'm just trying to work my way up the money ladder.  Exit hand:

So I finished the tourney in the money, and went to check the standings to make sure I hadn't miscalculated somewhere.  I was just telling my husband that I had second place locked up, when I added the scores again and realized that I had won the league by a single point with my fourth place finish.

I can't begin to describe my feelings when I realized that I had won the league.  I have great respect for the ladies of the Women's Poker League, there are so many good players.  I feel that this is a major accomplishment in my poker career and I couldn't be happier, and I did it with the least amount of games played of anyone in the top ten.

Also congrats to my fellow Canadian mpmaniac, who moved up from 10th to 6th on the last day.  Great job, MP.