Mikella Pedretti Wins LIPS Nevada State Ladies Poker Championship


This past weekend, South Point Casino in Las Vegas played host to the Ladies International Poker Series (LIPS) Tour Nevada State Ladies Poker Championship.

It marked the first LIPS event since the pandemic started, and the seven-event series proved to be a successful festival. All told, 1,278 entrants from across the country competed and $201,235 in prize money awarded.

Mikella Pedretti Wins Championship

Main Event final table

The $275 buy-in Nevada State Ladies Poker Championship Main Event attracted 317 runners, and it was 39-year-old Mikella Pedretti of La Mesa, California coming out on top to win the title and $11,999 after a three-way ICM deal.

“I’ve been itching and scratching waiting to get out again,” Pedretti told reporters after the win. “My vaccination came through, so I had this circled on my calendar. I’m just beyond the moon. I can’t even believe it.”

It marked Pedretti’s first major cash, and she got it while enjoying White Russians on her way to victory.

“It’s so nice to play with women, to come out to this event and see all the support of women in poker,” Pedretti said. “It’s just been great, and to come out of it on top was just fantastic.”

Nevada State Ladies Poker Championship Main Event Results

Place Player Prize
1 Mikella Pedretti $11,999*
2 Samantha Holmes $10,414*
3 Kristen Deardorff $8,874*
4 Elizabeth Medina $5,587
5 Lauren Bunch $4,470
6 DeeDee Cole $3,725
7 Ruth Hall $2,980
8 Dee Conroy $2,235
9 Michelle Nastasis $1,639

*Denotes three-way deal.

Nevada State Ladies Poker Championship Winners

The series played host to players from across the country including such faraway states as Florida, Minnesota, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, and Illinois.

Additionally, there were quite a few recognizable names competing including Women in Poker Hall of Famers Jan Fisher and Linda Johnson, Terry King, Terry Hatcher, Bonnie Rossi, Debbie Burkhead, Jess Welman, Ruth Hall, and Michelle Nastasis.

Torunament Entries Prize Pool Winner Hometown Prize
Event #1: $175 NLHE 161 $20,860 Vera Murille Manafee, California $4,799
Event #2: $175 NLHE Bounty 166 $19,090 Deborah Espe Georgetown, Texas $3,637
Event #3: Omaha 8 or Better 94 $13,160 Kathy Chang Valencia, California $2,447
Event #4: Pajama Jam 179 $25,060 Sharon Liss Clearwater, Florida $3,150
Event #5: $275 Championship 317 $74,495 Mikella Pedretti La Mesa, California $11,999
Event #6: Tag Team Charity 223 $20,970 Maria Heslar & Brianna Barney Tulsa, Oklahoma $5,873
Event #7: NLHE Deepstacks 138 $27,600 Rayna Davis Huntington Beach, California $4,264

The LIPS Tour hopes to hold their next event in Las Vegas from June 21-27, though details are yet to be confirmed.

Event 4 champ Sharon Liss
Kathy Chang
Mikella Pedretti
Event 3 Final Table
Event 4 final table
Event 2 Final Table
Event 4 winners
Event 7 Final Table
Vera Murillo
Deepstacks champ Reyna Davis
Mikella Pedretti
Tag Team Final Table
Tag Team Winners Maria Hesler and Brianna Barney
Event 4 Winners



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