Defending champion and PokerStars Ambassador Maria Konnikova's first attempt at a title defence came to an in the 14th level of Day 1a. Konnikova was down to fewer than 10 big blinds and shoved it in on the button. Roman Wieczorek looked her up from the small blind.
The flop was as perfect as they'd come for Konnikova, who took a commanding lead with a set.
"You've got it," Wieczorek assured her
He spoke to soo, though, as the turn and river improved him to an improbable wheel to knock out Konnikova.
"What a jinx!" she laughed, and Wieczorek let out an apologetic smile. Konnikova quickly headed over to Day 1b for a second shot.