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December 9 is a day to remember for Philadelphia chess grandmaster Jennifer Shahade, when she made history winning the €10,000 Open-Face Chinese Poker World Championship €10,000 High Roller at King’s Casino in Prague.
She walked away from the tournament room with the €100,000 top prize and the honors of bringing home the richest open-face Chinese (OFC) poker event in history.
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Jason Mercier, Sorel Mizzi, Alexander Kostritsyn, two-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Rafi Amit, and eighteen other high rollers turned up for the first-ever live OFC poker World Championship €10,000 buy-in event, but none of them could outdo Shahade.
The event attracted 23 players, generating a total prize pool of €218,500 — the largest ever registered in a live OFC poker event.
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The 13-hour event rewarded four players with cash prizes, with Shahade, the two-time American women’s chess champion, bringing down the €100,000 first-place prize and an impressive celebratory belt.
The three-handed final table featured Shahade and two Russian players, Ilya Bulychev and Iakov Onuchin. In the end, it was the Shahade who proved to be the best.