The 2012 World Series of Poker tournament is turning out to be a grand success story for many poker professionals, and the WSOP 2012 mixed gender $1,000 Seniors Championship was no exception. Allyn Jaffrey Shulman was the first lady to win the tournament after Vanessa Selbst in 2008.
Shulman defeated Dennis Philips heads-up to win a WSOP bracelet and $603,713 in first place earnings. Philips walked away with $372,895 in earnings, following his second place exit.
Winning the WSOP bracelet is not all that Shulman will be known for this season.
She is among the two other Shulmans’ who grazed the poker red carpet and made it to the final table in just one series. Shulman earned her place in poker industry, thus by doing so.
WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart commented on the win and said,
With all due respect to the Brunsons, a new first family of poker is in town, and they go by the name of Shulman.
The Poker world commends Shulman family’s achievement, as they accomplished this one-off feat in a span of one week. The father and son duo – Card Player publisher Barry Shulman made it to the $1,500 No-Limit Hold ‘Em final table, while his son, Card Player CEO Jeff Shulman made it to the $5,000 Limit Hold ‘Em championship’s final table. The two Shulmans’ finished in the 8th and 3rd place respectively.
Shulman attributes her big earnings to the 4,218-player field, the largest ever to enter one tournament in a single day. Due to the large number of players present, the prize pool increased significantly to $3,715,200. Shulman presents the latest among the many female players of WSOP 2012. Other winners over various WSOP events include – Amanda Musumeci 2nd place with $481,000 payout, Vanessa Selbst 4th place with $161,345 payout and Card Player POY contender Xuan Liu at 6th place. Shulman’s $603,713 remains the second largest payout to a female player at WSOP history, with Annette Obrestad’s £1,000,000 at the 2007 WSOP.
As the world cheers for her win, a very happy Shulman added,
I don’t think it’s hit me yet. I feel so humbled by the whole experience that I don’t even know what to think. I have to process this for a little [while].
On being the second woman to win a WSOP bracelet since Vanessa Selbst in 2008, Shulman said, “I don’t think women have been given their due. I would like to see more of them out there playing, feeling comfortable going at it with the boys. It is 2012!”