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Allyn Jaffrey Shulman Wins World Series of Poker $1,000 Seniors Championship

Defeats Dennis Phillips Heads-Up, Third Shulman To Final Table This Week


Allyn Jaffrey ShulmanAllyn Jaffrey Shulman has won the 2012 World Series of Poker $1,000 senior’s no-limit hold’em championship, defeating 2008 WSOP main event third-place finisher Dennis Phillips heads-up to capture her first gold bracelet and the massive $603,713 first-place prize.

“I don’t think it’s hit me yet,” said Shulman. “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].”

Shulman is the first woman to win a mixed-gender event at the WSOP since Vanessa Selbst won her bracelet in 2008.

Phillips was awarded $372,895 for his runner-up finish.

In addition to her first WSOP title, Shulman also earned her place in poker history. By making this final table she completed a Shulman-family trifecta, becoming the first family to have three members make WSOP final tables during one Series.

“With all due respect to the Brunsons,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart, “There is a new first family of poker in town, and they go by the name of Shulman.”

Incredibly, the Shulmans accomplished this feat in the span of one week. Card Player publisher Barry Shulman made the final table of a $1,500 no-limit hold’em event on the same day that his son and Card Player CEO Jeff Shulman made the final table of the $5,000 limit hold’em championship, finishing eighth and third respectively.

Shulman celebrates her winThat was not the only reason that this event will go down in the history books, as this tournament also broke the record for the largest field ever in an event with a single starting day, drawing an amazing 4,128 entries. As a result of the massive turnout, the prize pool for this event swelled to $3,715,200.

Shulman’s $603,713 payday represents the second largest payout to a female player in a WSOP bracelet event, behind Annette Obrestad’s win in the 2007 World Series of Poker Europe main event for £1,000,000.

Shulman is the latest in a long line of female successes at the 2012 WSOP, with other notable finishes including Amanda Musumeci’s runner-up finish in event no. 9 for a $481,000 payday, Vanessa Selbst’s fourth place finish in event no. 2 for $161,345 and Card Player Player of the Year contender Xuan Liu’s sixth-place finish in a $1,500 seven-card stud eight-or-better event.

“I don’t think women have been given their due,” said Shulman. “I’m happy for myself, but I’m also happy for all women. I think it shows that any woman can win a poker tournament and I’d like to see more of them out there playing, feeling comfortable going at it with the boys. It’s 2012! As years go by, women become more and more comfortable in every [profession]. When I was a beginning lawyer, there were quite a lot of male lawyers, and not many female lawyers. Pretty soon it will be even [across the board].”

Here is a look at the payouts awarded at this final table:

Place Player Earnings
1 Allyn Jaffrey Shulman $603,713
2 Dennis Phillips $372,895
3 Bob Phelps $270,727
4 Hoyt Corkins $199,023
5 Bill Stabler $147,605
6 Stuart Spear $110,416
7 William Thomson $83,332
8 Martin Fitzmaurice $63,418
9 Harold Lilie $48,669

For complete coverage of the summer poker festival, check out our WSOP landing page.