Carol Fuchs Wins Dealers Choice, First Female to Win Gold in 2015

Day 32 of the 2015 World Series of Poker had two final tables, but only one winner. The Pot Limit Omaha and Ladies Championship rolled into Day 2 and the $1,500 DraftKings 50/50 and the $5,000 Turbo No Limit Hold’em event kicked off.

Carol Fuchs Wins $1,500 Dealers Choice, First Female Winner of 2015

Carol Fuchs was the first female bracelet winner of the 2015 WSOP.

Carol Fuchs was the first female bracelet winner of the 2015 WSOP.

Carol Fuchs considered herself a 500-1 dog coming into the final day of the $1,500 Dealers Choice event and defied her own odds to win her first bracelet, $127,735 and is the first female bracelet winner of the 2015 World Series of Poker.

“I’m so overwhelmed right now,” Fuchs said. “I know all the games but don’t have near the experience of these guys. I’m blown away as everybody else is.”

Fuchs felt that as an amateur she had less on the line than the pros in the event. “At the final table I felt really comfortable and didn’t feel much pressure,” said Fuchs. “It’s fun for me, it’s not a payday for me – for me this is a bonus.”

Fuchs is producer turned screenwriter in Hollywood, her most successful movie being “No Reservations”, that plays in low stakes Pot Limit Omaha cash games.

Robert Mizrachi won the first Dealers Choice event in 2014, won his third bracelet earlier in the Series and came close to defending his title with a third place finish. Chris Klodnicki collected his fourth cash of the summer after fourth place finish.


  1. Carol Fuchs – $127,735
  2. Ilya Krupin – $78,933
  3. Robert Mizrachi – $51,236
  4. Chris Klodnicki – $34,252
  5. Yuval Bronshtein – $23,528
  6. Viktor Celikovsky – $16,588

$3,000 No Limit Hold’em Six Max Down to Heads Up

Seamus Cahill returns with the lead for the heads-up match.

Seamus Cahill returns with the lead for the heads-up match.

Day 3 of the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Six Max event had 35 players returning and as expected, did not finish. Seamus Cahill and Justin Liberto return for a Day 4 heads-up match for the bracelet and $640,111.

Kiryl Radzivonau busted in third place with two minutes remaining in the day and the final two players quickly agreed to return on Sunday after a full night’s sleep. Cahill returns with 9.7 million to Liberto’s 5.9 million.

Mohsin Charania, Taylor Paur, Rep Porter, Amir Lehavot and Timothy Adams cashed on Day 3.


  1. N/A – $640,711
  2. N/A – $395,986
  3. Kiryl Radzivonau – $251,168
  4. Alexander Debus – $164,863
  5. Cornel Cimpan – $111,475
  6. Benjamin Heath – $77,591

Liya Gerasimova Leads Ladies Championship Final Table

The Ladies Championship had 121 players return to play for the 81 spots that paid. After ten levels Liya Gerasimova bagged up 896,000 for the lead over the ten remaining players.

2008 Ladies Champ Svetlana Gromenkova cashed along with Jessica Dawley, Patti Landis, Lacey Jones and Ebony Kenney but didn’t make the final table.

Chip Counts

  1. Liya Gerasmova – 896,000
  2. Parminderjit Mehmi – 865,000
  3. Amanda Sizemore – 684,000
  4. Stephanie Ampelikiotis – 420,000
  5. Jacquelyn Scott – 266,000
  6. Li Fu – 239,000
  7. Sandra Morse – 234,000
  8. Hope Williams – 168,000
  9. Lisa Costello – 126,000
  10. Stacie Boehm – 125,000

Jason Mercier Leads $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship

The $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship returns 21 players for Day 3. Jason Mercier leads a stacked field as the only player with over a million chips in the bag.

Dan Smith, Davidi Kitai and Shaun Deeb sit in the top half of the counts with Aaron Jones, Sam Chartier and Brian Roberts have shorter stacks.

Mercier and Deeb both look to win their second bracelet of the summer but are also candidates for the $111,111 One Drop High Roller that starts at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Brain Rast, Tony Cousineau, Ben Tollerene and Sorel Mizzi all cashed in the event but did not survive the day.

Chip Counts

  1. Jason Mercier – 1,182,000
  2. Vadzim Markushevski – 940,000
  3. Dan Smith – 924,000
  4. Gionni Demers – 881,000
  5. Davidi Kitai – 822,000
  6. Alexander Petersen – 759,000
  7. Simon Trumper – 740,000
  8. Hasan Habib – 659,000
  9. Shaun Deeb – 530,000
  10. Sven Reichardt – 516,000

$1,500 DraftKings 50/50 In the Money

The $1,500 DraftKings 50/50 No Limit Hold’em event was a new addition to the 2015 schedule and 1,123 players signed knowing half the field earned a cash. Marcus Mack finished the day on top of the leaderboard with 192,600.

Matt Affleck, Charles “Woody” Moore, Dominik Nitsche and Peter Jetten bagged up in the half of the counts while Kyle Cartwright, Allen Kessler and Steve Zolotow return with short stacks.

The first round of payouts was for $1,000 – a $500 loss for the player, but still an official cash.

Chip Counts

  1. Marcus Mack – 192,600
  2. Steven Girouard – 163,800
  3. Perati Muhamet – 114,600
  4. Aaron Johnson – 112,600
  5. Southsiak Seunsom – 109,600
  6. James Cavanaugh – 109,000
  7. Jean Francois Marin – 103,700
  8. Ivan Mamuzic – 95,600
  9. Joao Simao – 92,100
  10. Walter Fisher – 90,800

$5,000 Turbo No Limit Hold’em Makes the Money

Saturday’s late event drew 454 players for the $5,000 Turbo No Limit Hold’em event and played all the way down the money with 54 surviving players.

Igor Yaroshevskyy bagged up 225,000 chip lead over 2014 November Niner David Benefield. Blair Rodman, Nick Rampone and Kevin MacPhee also ended in the top ten with Shannon Shorr, Tristan Wade, Eric Baldwin and Mike Watson have move ahead with closer to average stacks.

Chip Counts

  1. Igor Yaroshevskyy – 707,000
  2. David Benefield – 482,000
  3. Blair Rodman – 480,000
  4. Tyler Smith – 437,000
  5. Nick Rampone – 432,000
  6. Chris Johnson – 414,000
  7. Mustapha Kanit – 399,000
  8. Kevin MacPhee – 376,000
  9. Hung Tran – 375,000
  10. George Powidzer – 302,000

Looking Ahead

Sunday is the start of the $111,111 One Drop High Roller and the event drew 166 players in 2013. A $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event kicks off at noon and three gold bracelets are up for grabs – the PLO Championship, Ladies Championship and the Turbo event.

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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