By James Spillane, Rakeback.com Staff Writer
Last week at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, a Florida grandmother became a star on Valentine’s Day.
The World Poker Tour’s Lucky Hearts Poker Open $3,500 buy-in event was won by Matt Juttlestad, but almost making poker history in the second place spot was Diane ‘Gigi’ Gagne, winning $158,194.
In the ten years of its existence, no woman has ever won a WPT tournament.
Quite the character, Gigi dressed to impress in a pink low cut top and leather jacket, holding a decisive chiplead when just 34 players remained. She claimed the secret to her bold play was knocking back a few Vodka tonics during the ten-hour days, and wearing a bracelet given to her by a date for good luck.
With an unorthodox poker style, Gigi also claimed to have ‘never bluffed’ while ‘taking down the boys’, in this ClubWPT Player of the Day interview:
Gigi has been playing cards at St. Petersburg’s Derby Lane Kennel Club for several years, but only ever won a few small tournaments. Defying the odds, she steamrolled the 295 player field to finish runner up, when at one point the WPT commentators had set the ‘over/under’ at her placing 17th.
A very spiritual person, Gigi would walk to the table with her boyfriend to pray together before playing. Always smiling and outgoing on the felt, Gigi now plans to take a trip around the world with her new boyfriend before trying her hand at WPT Vienna in April. We hope she’ll stay lucky in cards, love and life!
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