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A New Winner at World Poker Open

One of only two women in the field of over 70 UK, American and European poker stars gathering for the PartyPoker World Open II, Pippa Flanders, a UK mother of two who began playing poker professionally in 2002, was considered a non-factor - deadmoney in the parlance of poker.

Flanders beat a whole host of top names to the $200,000 first prize and claimed one of the biggest prizes ever collected by a European female player.  “To have been one of only two women who entered amongst over 70 entrants and to have won it is simply unbelievable and wonderful.” said Flanders, who is mother to Charlotte, 22 and Christopher, 25. “I had a fantastic time playing the game and it was such a wonderful ending that I had always hoped for, but never expected. I still can’t believe I beat all those top names to the title. It really is a dream come true.

Flanders largest payday to date had been $26,079 at the 2004 European Poker Championship. Most recently she finished fifth in July at the Women’s Poker Tour in east London. Her total career tournament earnings amounted to only $42,000 over four years. She and her husband Tim are both pros trying to make a living playing the European circuit. She considers Tim, whose total career earnings are approximately $240,000, a far better player. But it was Flanders, formerly the company director of the family software business, who played with the brilliance of a long-time champion in the Party Poker World Open.

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