The World Series of Poker last night found its first female champion since 2008, as Allyn Shulman won the Seniors World Championship after beating a record 4,128-player field. Shulman will pocket $603,713 for the win.
The World Series of Poker could last night celebrate its first female champion of the 2012 series, as Allyn Shulman won the $1,000 Seniors World Championship to claim her first golden bracelet.
The Seniors World Championship - open to players at age 50 or above - saw a record field of 4,128 players find their way to the tables, making it the largest such event in poker history.
Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Shulman is an attorney and writer for CardPlayer Magazine, and had formerly made five WSOP cashes before entering the record tournament.
Following three days of play, she was leading a final table into play, and managed to overcome her opponents to claim the first female WSOP victory in 249 events - also a record.
The last time a woman won a bracelet in an open WSOP event was in 2008, when Vanessa Selbst secured herself the win in the $1,500 PLO event.
On the final table, Shulman defeated among others former November Niner Dennis Phillips, who finished as runner-up after an exciting heads-up finale.
The win will give Shulman a first prize payout of $601,713, which is also by far the biggest single cash of her career.
Her best previous finish was a sixth place finish in a 2005 Omaha Hi-Low Split event, for which she pocketed a little more than $41,000.
Meanwhile, Event #32, the prestigious $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. event, also found a winner last night in David "Bakes" Baker.
The event's final table counted both Phil Ivey
and Phil Hellmuth
, but both stars failed to make it all the way to the top, instead seeing Baker take home the bracelet and a $451,799 first prize.