The 2022 Nevada State Ladies Poker Championship by Ladies International Poker Series (LIPS) ran from April 19-24 at South Point Casino in Las Vegas. Poker Hall of Famer Linda Johnson and Women in Poker Hall of Famer Jan Fisher hosted the nine-event series, which culminated with a $550 buy-in Nevada State Championship Event.

The tournament attracted 157 entrants and surpassed the $50K guarantee by generating a $78,500 prize pool. Coming out on top was a familiar face in Ruth Hall, who claimed an $18,537 top prize to bring her lifetime tournament earnings up to $370K according to the Hendon Mob. In 2020, Hall was honored as the Women’s Poker Association (WPA) Player of the Year.

It marked the second time that Hall claimed the prestigious title. She previously topped a 294-entry field to win the $300 buy-in tournament in 2019 at Orleans Casino. That victory was good for $14,614. She also finished in seventh place out of 317 entries for $2,980 in the 2021 edition.

The win was especially sweet for Hall, who has been dealing with some serious health issues, specifically Ménière’s Disease. In the past, attacks have forced her to leave tournaments with a healthy chip stack still in play, that is when she was up for playing at all. Fortunately for her, the support of family and friends, who have offered to help he with travel and accommodations, gave her both opportunity and newfound motivation.

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up and that’s why I was able to come back and win,” the two-time breast cancer survivor told PokerNews. “I went from thinking I hope to min-cash at best with 23 ladies left, to taking six players out at the final table. I’ll never give up on poker or living my life It felt great to win this title again after struggling to survive!”

2022 Nevada State Ladies Poker Championship Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 Ruth Hall $18,537
2 Julieta Bearden $12,556
3 Tonya Baltazar $8,389
4 Deborah Blair $6,476
5 Cheryl Baugus $4,828
6 Dana Badar $3,925
7 Ashley Frank $3,140
8 Ana Freitas $2,473
9 Theresa Hatcher $1,963

Others to cash the tournament were Jacqueline Pennington (10th – $1,649), Wendy Weissman (13th – $1,413), Stephanie Nolan (17th – $1,178), Michelle Richey (21st – $981), and Susan Segura (22nd – $550).

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While the Championship Event took center stage it was just one of nine events taking place at the 2022 Nevada State Ladies Poker Championship by LIPS. The series kicked off with Espy Enriquez besting a 54-entry field to win the $225 Omaha 8 of Better Championship for $1,450, while Lisa Taylor bested 135 runners to ship the $185 NLH Mini Main Event for $5,500.

There was also one male winner in Greg Bruce, but that was ok as it came in the $155 NLH Purple Tie Guy Salute, a tournament open to men who support the LIPS mission of helping promote women in poker. Bruce won the tournament for $1,728.

Here’s a look at all those who won titles during the 2022 Nevada State Ladies Poker Championship.

2022 Nevada State Ladies Poker Championship Winners

Date Tournament Entries Prize Pool Winner Prize
Tuesday, April 19 $225 Omaha 8 of Better Championship 54 $10,260 Espy Enriquez $1,450
Tuesday, April 19 $155 NLH Host Hunt Bounty 54 $6,480 Ana Jones $1,588
Wednesday, April 20 $225 H.O.E. Championship 51 $9,690 Darlene Springman $2,400
April 20-22 $185 NLH Mini Main Event 135 $22,930 Lisa Taylor $5,500
Thursday, April 21 $155 NLH Purple Tie Guy Salute 45 $5,400 Greg Bruce $1,728
Friday, April 22 $185 Crazy Pineapple 76 $11,400 Kathy Fleck $1,840
April 23-24 $550 Nevada State Ladies Championship 157 $78,500 Ruth Hall $18,537
Saturday, April 23 $185 NLH Pajama Jam 45 $10,000 Nooria Miskell $3,200
Sunday, April 24 $155 NLH Green Chip Bounty Survivor 54 $5,130 9 winners $570 each
Ruth Hall
$225 Omaha 8 of Better Championship winner Espy Enriquez
$155 NLH Host Hunt Bounty winner Ana Jones
$225 H.O.E. Championship winner Darlene Springman
$185 NLH Mini Main Event winner Lisa Taylor
$155 NLH Purple Tie Guy Salute winner Greg Bruce
$185 Crazy Pineapple winner Kathy Fleck
$185 NLH Pajama Jam winner Nooria Miskell

LIPS Grand Champions

Year Location Entries Winner
2022 South Point 157 Ruth Hall
2021 South Point 317 Mikella Pedretti
2020 Cancelled due to pandemic    
2019 Orleans Casino 294 Ruth Hall
2018 Orleans Casino 502 Sandy Kasinowitz
2017 Orleans Casino 256 Nancy Nguyen
2016 Planet Hollywood 341 Diana Radford
2015 Planet Hollywood 431 Persia Bonella
2014 Golden Nugget 428 Maria Parlatore
2013 Golden Nugget 382 Dianna Norman
2012 Golden Nugget 388 Tammy Cruz
2011 Golden Nugget 303 Angie Gelinas
2010 Golden Nugget 250 Stacey Nutini
2009 Golden Nugget 232 Ruth Hall
2009 Golden Nugget 196 Jessalyn Sims
2008 Orleans Casino 198 Yvette Lambprecht
2008 Golden Nugget 219 Wan Suk
2007 Orleans Casino 289 Debbie Burkhead
2006 Caesar’s Palace 319 Jeannie West
2005 Ocean’s 11 197 Kim Fontes

*Images courtesy of LIPS.

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