For the ladies championship at the 2014 World Series of Poker, Haixia Zhang became the second female to win the series and she took home the gold bracelet and $153,470. Only playing poker for fun, reports Bluff Magazine, Zhang is a mother of two and her and her husband run a strafing company and have done so for 14 years.
Normally her and her family take a week long trip to Vegas. Before the the trip was never to play poker but Zhang mentioned her husband told her that she should just play. After the last two years of visiting the city but playing in the tournament, Zhang decided to enter for the 2014 WSOP.
Zhang mentioned that she wasn’t nervous during the tournament and she just played her game but there were some tense moments where she was down to four big blinds and that she had lost most of her chips on a hand where she held jacks and another player held eights, hitting the set on the flop. She even text her husband that she thought she would be done very soon after playing with the four big blinds.
For the majority of the day on Saturday, Zhang was in the middle of the pack with chips, the average being 311,000. Mikiyo Aoki held a commanding chip lead at 742,000 when the opening ceremony of the Big One For One Drop. This forced the players to pause until the poet finished his speech. The starting line-up of chip introductions continued after ward and the first official shuffle and deal happened at 1:15 which happened with only seven minutes left in the level 19 kick off.
After it was all said and done Zhang was the one holding the gold bracelet. She mentioned that she is hoping to play a couple more events before she puts in her name to the main event.