There has been a four year drought at the World Series of Poker. The long dry spell was mostly noticed by the ladies, who hadn’t celebrated a woman winning an open event since Vanessa Selbst collected a gold bracelet in 2008 in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha event. But on June 17th, in the Seniors World Championship event #29, rainmaker Allyn Jaffrey-Shulman ended the drought.
The Seniors Poker Championship’s success at the WSOP since 2001 is due largely to the efforts of “Oklahoma” Johnny Hale, who has organized many senior’s poker events for players over 50 years old. Before the start of this year’s event, Hale was on hand to conduct the annual moment of silence “Roll Call,” in honor of poker greats who have passed on like Benny Binion, Johnny Moss, “Amarillo Slim” Preston and many others. Then it was time for the cards to fly as the biggest Seniors World Championship in history got underway with a record breaking 4,128 players, crushing the previous live tournament entry record of 3,752 players, which was set in last year’s senior event.
Among the thousands of hopefuls (who were all born prior to June 17, 1962) competing for the $3,715,200 prize pool in the $1,000 Seniors Event #29 was Las Vegas resident Allyn Jaffrey-Shulman. Well known as an advocate of online poker, the Card Player Magazine attorney, writer, and wife of Barry Shulman made it to the final table after three days of stiff competition. In the home stretch it was Allyn facing two-time gold bracelet winner Hoyt Corkins, 2008 Main Event third-place finisher Dennis Phillips, and Bob Phelps when the final table reconvened on Day 4.
When Corkins and Phelps fell, the heads-up match came down to Allyn and Dennis Phillips. After a final table lasting over nine hours, the last hand played out when all the chips were in the middle with Dennis holding the Ad 6h, and Allyn showing Ac 10d. When the board played out with the Qc 10s 2h 5h Jh, Allyn’s pair of tens earned the lucky lady $603,713 and her first WSOP gold bracelet.
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Final Table Payouts:
|1st||Allyn Jaffrey Shulman||$603,713|
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