Cathy Josey Wins the Ladies Event

2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 5
$250 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Entries: 72

Prize Pool: $15,120
April 6, 2019

Event 5 of the 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown was the $250 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry). The event had a $10,000 guaranteed prize pool which was easily surpassed, as 72 entries generated a prize pool of $15,120.

When it was all said and done, 58-year old Cathy Josey claimed victory, winning outright for the first-place prize of $5,292. Hailing from Niagara Falls, New York and now residing in Pompano Beach, Josey is so stranger to poker.

“I play in a Friday Ladies poker league,  and some of the girls have played in these Ladies events in the past,” said Josey after her win. “I hadn’t played before, but they brought it up a couple of weeks ago and suggested I play in it. I had missed it in the past because I had other things going on, but I decided to play this one, and I’m so glad that I did.”

In addition, Josey won a special Spa Package, as well as a seat worth $1,100 into the $250,000 guaranteed Event 9.

Cathy Josey and Seminole Hard Rock Tournament Director Tony Burns

When the final nine players made the money, Josey was third in chips. What ensued was a tumultuous final table, but one that Josey was able to withstand.

“The final table was definitely a major roller coaster. I came to the final table with some decent chips, I think I was third or fourth, and was fortunate that Lisa (Teebagy) was taking other players out, so it allowed me to move up a bit, and then I caught a couple of decent hands and chipped up to a pretty good amount myself.”

The first five players were eliminated within about 35 minutes of each other, but the final four battled it out for about an hour before the next fell.

“The major hand was myself against Lisa, when we both a pair of queens and I had the better kicker,” Josey explained. “I had to make a major decision because she pushed all in,  and I ended up taking her out. I think she was the biggest threat at the final table. From there, it was mostly patience. I folded big hands when I was put to the test for all my chips, and I just really felt that there were better places to get it in, and it ended up working out.”

Josey’s victory is the largest of her poker career and her first at the Seminole Hard Rock.

“I love the Hard Rock. It’s one of my favorite places to play, and I’m really thrilled to win a Hard Rock tournament. It’s the first big one that I’ve won at the Hard Rock, so it’s a big day for me.”

Final Results:
1st: Cathy Josey – $5,292 + Spa Package and a seat into Event 9
2nd: Jan Berg – $3,024
3rd: Tatiana Fox – $1,852
4th: Lisa Teebagy – $1,323
5th: Christine Holubeck – $1,021
6th: Rinat Haviv – $794
7th: Suzanne McCarthy – $680
8th: Robyn Marshman – $605
9th: Li Zhou – $529

Ladies Event: Cathy Josey Wins! ($5,292); Jan Berg Eliminated in 2nd Place ($3,024)

$250 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$10,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Prize Pool: $15,120
Level 19: 5,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining: 1 of 72

Cathy Josey

Cathy Josey limped in from the button, Jan Berg raised all in for about 140,000 from the big blind and Josey called instantly with AsKs, leading Berg’s AdQc.

The board ran out 6s5s3d6hJs, giving Josey an ace-high flush to win the tournament, eliminating Berg in second place for $3,024.

Jan Berg (right) – 2nd Place

Josey wins the Ladies Event for $5,292, a Spa Package, a Showdown Trophy and a seat into Event 9 worth $1,100.

A recap of the event will be posted later tonight.

Final Results:
1st: Cathy Josey – $5,292 + Spa Package, Showdown Trophy and a seat into Event 9 worth $1,100
2nd: Jan Berg – $3,024
3rd: Tatiana Fox – $1,852
4th: Lisa Teebagy – $1,323
5th: Christine Holubeck – $1,021
6th: Rinat Haviv – $794
7th: Suzanne McCarthy – $680
8th: Robyn Marshman – $605
9th: Li Zhou – $529

Ladies Event: Cathy Josey Doubles Back into the Lead

$250 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$10,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Prize Pool: $15,120
Level 18: 5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 72

Cathy Josey (left) and Jan Berg (right)

Cathy Josey raises to 30,000 from the button, Jan Berg reraised all in with a covering stack and Josey called all in for 430,000.

Josey: JdJs
Berg: Ah3h

The board ran out Jc9s5c8s10h, giving Josey a set of jacks to retake the chip lead.

Cathy Josey – 870,000
Jan Berg – 210,000

Ladies Event: Jan Berg Doubles Up

$250 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$10,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Prize Pool: $15,120
Level 18: 5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 72

Cathy Josey (left) and Jan Berg (right)

Jan Berg raised to 30,000 from the button, Cathy Josey reraised all in from the big blind with a covering stack and Berg called all in for 320,000.

Berg: Qs10d
Josey: AdJd

The flop came down Jh3d2d, giving Josey a commanding lead with a pair of jacks and the nut flush draw.

Nothing changed with the 5s turn, but the Qh fell on the river to give Berg a pair of queens to win the pot and double up.

Jan Berg – 650,000
Cathy Josey – 430,000

Ladies Event: Tatiana Fox – 3rd Place ($1,852)

$250 Ladies No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$10,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Prize Pool: $15,120
Level 18: 5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 72

Tatiana Fox – 3rd Place

Tatiana Fox raised all in for about 135,000 from the button and Cathy Josey called from the small blind.

Fox: Ah10d
Josey: QsQc

The board came down 10c9c8d4d7c, not enough help to Fox, ending her run in third place.

Cathy Josey – 840,000
Jan Berg – 240,000
Tatian Fox – Eliminated in 3rd Place ($1,852)