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Sara Mariani Wins PS Women Live in Madrid!

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  • Sara Mariani Wins PS Women Live in Madrid!

    A long day at the tables for the women who entered the PokerStars Women Live tournament at the EPT Grand Final in Madrid turned into a great deal of fun. And our new champion, Sara Mariani of Spain, likely had the most fun!

    Check out the write-up of the final table action here.


    After cashing out her prize of €11,600 for first place, Sara sat down with me to answer a few questions. She was elated and all smiles as she responded to my questions with the help of her boyfriend as translator.

    Q. First of all, congratulations! Do you have big plans for the cash you just won in the tournament?

    A. Yes, thank you so much! I plan to use part of it to help finance a visit to the United States where I want to study eventually. I would like to pursue a Master's degree and work on my English.

    Q. What is the biggest challenge for you when you play against women?

    A. The biggest challenge is women's intuition. I think women are good at determining what cards you have and figuring out who has the best hand. Even as a woman myself, it can be hard to play against women for that reason.

    Q. What is your experience level in tournaments?

    A. I have won four live tournaments at casinos here in Spain, but this is my biggest win. The largest before this was €5,000.

    Q. How often do you play on PokerStars?

    A. I play every day. I play satellites to win a seat to big events.

    Q. What kind of advice can you give to women playing in tournaments?

    A. Lose the fear. Many women are afraid to sit down at a live tournament and instead hide behind their computers. They need experience playing live and online, experience in all different areas of poker. That will give them more confidence. I feel very comfortable playing live and I think that helps me.

    Six places were paid in the tournament, with three of them qualifiers from PokerStars Women Live satellites. Here are the payouts for the tournament and the prize winners:

    1st - Sara Mariani, Spain, €11,600
    2nd - India Storrar, PokerStars qualifier, United Kingdom, €7,000
    3rd - Vicky Coren, Team PokerStars Pro, United Kingdom, €4,100
    4th - Evangelia Triantafyllaki, PokerStars qualifier, Greece, €3,000
    5th - Charlotte Van Brabander, Belgium, €2,000
    6th - Anna Maria Lafavia, PokerStars qualifier, Italy, €1,400

    Other notables who finished in the top 18 included Melanie Weisner, Birgitta Johansen, Jennifer Shahade, Ann Marie Woodard and Margaux Ponnelle.

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