Next week, hundreds of poker diva ladies from throughout the state of Nevada will converge on the South Point Casino in Las Vegas to compete for the title of 2023 Nevada State Women Champion. The championship tournament is the main attraction during the yearly poker festival hosted by the Ladies International Poker Series (LIPS). It will be held from April 19-23 this year.
The first of two starting flights for the $360 three-day $35K guaranteed Nevada State Women Championship starts on Friday, April 21 at 11 a.m. The tournament’s second round kicks off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, and it wraps up the following day.
The $180 “Pajama Jam” will be held on Friday at 6 p.m., and participants are urged to wear their pajamas to the tournament. Saturday, April 22, at 6 p.m., is the “Poker Queen Roundup,” a $180 tournament when players may get out their crowns and tiaras and show them off to their rivals.
Ruth Hall is attempting a comeback
Hall, Ruth “Ruthless,” has won the Nevada State Women Championship twice in a row. The Texan triumphed over 156 other ladies to take home the $18,537 first prize and the glass and metal trophy during last year’s competition. Hall, who has won approximately $420,000 in tournaments, won the LIPS Championship in 2019 for $14,614 at the Orleans.
She won the Reno division of the 2015 Nevada State Women Championship. 143 people entered the $150 tournament and Hall took home $6,652.
From at least 2007, she has been able to cash in live events, and in 2008, she won her first LIPS tournament. She won a ring in a $125 buy-in Ladies tournament on the World Series of Poker Circuit in 2015 at the Palm Beach Kennel Club in Florida.
Despite Hall’s medical emergency on March 18, she plans to defend her championships in Las Vegas. Her congestive heart failure was identified when she went to the emergency department complaining of chest discomfort. She is, after all, only playing.
She told CardsChat that she was going to attempt to win the Nevada State Women Poker Championship for a third time while wearing a Life Vest defibrillator and having her husband with her in case of a cardiac emergency.
I hope you recover quickly, Ruth.
The first event in the series, a $200 “mini-main,” will take place on Wednesday, April 19. On Thursday, service will resume, with two departure times available (11 a.m. and 6 p.m.).
There will also be $60 single-table NSLC satellites on Thursday. The first place finisher receives $100 and the winner a seat worth $360.
Legendary poker players Jan Fisher and Linda Johnson will be answering questions that afternoon at 2pm. At 3, there will be a Purple Poker Party hosted by the Women’s Poker Association.
The United States Women Team Poker Championship, a new addition for this year, will also take place that night. Those who attend the dance alone will be asked to pay an additional $200 to join a team. This link provides further details.
On Saturday at 6 o’clock in the evening, there will be the Poker Queen Round-up, the second flight of the NSLC.
The event concludes on Sunday with a $180 double green chip bounty survivor tournament and a $240 Omaha 8 Championship for those who couldn’t attend it on Saturday. Those that make it to the final table of this tournament will be awarded a share of the prize money and a chance to cash in their bounties.
If you use the promo code “LIPS23” while booking a hotel at South Point, you’ll receive a discount. Sunday through Thursday prices are $59, while Friday and Saturday rates are $109.