Event 8: Cinda Goodale Wins in Heads-Up Deal ($3,516)

2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
Event 8
$250 Ladies Event (Re-Entry)  
Total Entries: 67
Prize Pool: $13,020

Cinda Goodale
Cinda Goodale

Cinda Goodale is the champion of the $250 Ladies Event, defeating a field of 67 entries to claim the trophy. By way of a heads-up deal with Sandy Matza, Goodale also collected $3,516 in cash, plus a $1,050 seat for the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Finale satellite.

The champ is a real estate investor from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She learned poker in 2004 when this property opened close to home, and she’s having some good success so far as a part-time player.

Goodale entered the final table as one of the shorter stacks before finding her stride down the stretch. “I was fighting the whole day until we got to the final table,” she said. “Then I finally went on a run.” Her late momentum propelled her past some of the more skilled players in the game, including Abbey Daniels (4th place) and Natasha Barbour (3rd).

While there were serious prizes on the line, the ladies seemed to remember that poker is still a game. Drinks were flowing for much of the evening, and there was no shortage of laughter, even as things started to get more serious toward the money bubble. Even the dealers were occasionally cracking jokes. It felt, at times, as much like a home game as a trophy event.

“Oh, we had a lot of fun,” Goodale said after her win. “We had a lot of fun. Crack up, have a good time, play our game.”

Complete Results:
1st: Cinda Goodale – $3,516 + $1,050 satellite seat
2nd: Sandy Matza – $3,515 + $200 Kuro comp
3rd: Natasha Barbour – $1,562
4th: Abbey Daniels – $1,172
5th: Sandra Barbour – $911
6th: Julie Zelman – $781
7th: Patricia Case – $651
8th: Regina Portella Cassab – $521
9th: Parlia Fnu – $391

Event 8 Final Results

Event 8: Natasha Barbour – 3rd Place ($1,562)

$250 Ladies No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 14: 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 62

Natasha Barbour
Natasha Barbour

Cinda Goodale opened the button with a raise to 15,000, and Natasha Barbour three-bet shoved for about 80,000 total from teh small blind. Sandy Matza called in the big blind, and Goodale folded out of the way.

Barbour: 5s6s
Matza: KcJc

The board ran out Ac7d4c7c3d, and Matza won the pot with the nut flush. Barbour was eliminated in third place.

Sandy Matza – 300,000 (50 bb)
Natasha Barbour – Eliminated

Event 8: Abbey Daniels – 4th Place ($1,172)

$250 Ladies No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 14: 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 62

Abbey Daniels
Abbey Daniels

Sandy Matza opened with a raise, and Abbey Daniels three-bet shoved for about 75,000. Matza called to put her at risk, but Daniels was well ahead with a dominating ace.

Matza: Ac7c
Daniels: AsKh

The board ran out Jc8s6s7d5s, though, and Matza turned a pair of sevens to win the pot. “How sick is that?” Daniels asked as she stood from the table, eliminated in fourth place.

Sandy Matza – 220,000 (37 bb)
Abbey Daniels – Eliminated

Event 8: Sandra Barbour – 5th Place ($911)

$250 Ladies No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 14: 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 62

Sandra Barbour
Sandra Barbour

Sandra Barbour was all in for about 50,000, and she found herself in bad shape against Cinda Goodale’s dominating ace.

Barbour: AdTd
Goodale: AsJc

The board ran out Ac3h2s5s7d, and Barbour could not catch up. She was eliminated in fifth place, earning more than $900.

Cinda Goodale – 320,000 (53 bb)
Sandra Barbour – Eliminated

Event 8: Julie Zelman – 6th Place ($781)

$250 Ladies No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 14: 2,000/4,000 with a 500 Ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 62
Average Stack: 103,000 (26 big blinds)

Julie Zelman
Julie Zelman

Julie Zelman and Natasha Barbour were heads up to the 9s4h]3d flop before they lit off some fireworks. The chips went in the middle and Zelman saw she was in trouble with JsJc against Barbour’s monster KsKd.

The board complete with the Ac turn and 9d river to send Zelman out in 6th place.

Julie Zelman – Eliminated in 6th place ($781)
Natasha Barbour – 240,000 (60 bb)