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Card Player's Allyn Shulman To Be Inducted Into Women In Poker Hall Of Fame

Allyn Shulman, Along With Deborah Giardina, To Be Honored In June


The Women in Poker Hall of Fame is set to induct two new members.

The poker industry will celebrate the career accomplishments of two new inductees at this year’s Women in Poker Hall of Fame Luncheon Celebration sponsored by bestbet Casino Jacksonville and hosted by Golden Nugget Casino on Wednesday, June 25, at 11 a.m. in Las Vegas.

Respected poker player, industry professional and Card Player’s own Allyn Shulman and industry professional Deborah Giardina will join the elite roster of time-honored women at the Sixth Season Women in Poker Hall of Fame Gala Luncheon.

With more than $1.2 million in poker tournament winnings, Allyn Shulman has demonstrated superior poker skills by winning her gold bracelet and $603,713 prize in the 2012 WSOP Seniors Championship with 4,128 entrants. At the time, this was the largest field ever for a one-day starting field in a land-based casino. At the time, she was the first woman in 249 bracelet events to win a bracelet, with the exception of the ladies event.

In 2013, Shulman won the CPPT Venetian Deepstack $5,000 Championship. That event had 262 players, and Shulman was awarded the $293,966 top prize.

An attorney for more than 30 years, Shulman once testified before the North Dakota Senate when they were attempting to be the first state to authorize online gaming. Allyn Shulman is also a former Board member of Poker Player Alliance and the WiPHoF.

Giardina started her career as a dealer in 1990 in Colorado and rose to the position of Assistant Table Games Manager within six months.

Deborah saw the potential in Biloxi, Mississippi and took a position at Lyle Berman’s Grand Casino Gulfport. She was part of the opening staff and was appointed Cardroom Manager within the first year. She then moved forward and assisted the opening of the Grand Casino Coushatta in Kinder. In 1999, Deborah opened the cardroom for Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota, and in 2004 was hired as Director of Poker Operations for the new Wynn Las Vegas Poker Room.

Currently, Deborah is the Vice President of Poker Operations at bestbet Jacksonville in Florida, the largest cardroom in North Florida.