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Carol Fuchs Becomes First Female Bracelet Winner of 2015 World Series of Poker

Screenwriter Wins WSOP $1,500 Dealers Choice Event

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It’s always a major story at the World Series of Poker when a female player wins an open event, but when that female is an amateur player and tops one of the toughest tournaments on the schedule, the story goes to another level.

There have only been 21 females in the 46-year history of the WSOP to win open events (excludes ladies-only tournaments), and on Saturday night, Hollywood screenwriter and former entertainment lawyer Carol Fuchs added her name to the list by winning the $1,500 Dealers Choice event for her first bracelet and the $127,735 first-place prize.

Fuchs, who is best known for co-writing the 2007 screenplay for the movie No Reservations starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart, tore through a 357-player field stacked with some of the world’s best en route to victory.

“It’s encouraging when someone like me who is an amateur, and a woman, and – let’s just say someone ‘older than 30’ – wins something big like this,” Fuchs said. “I respect what the pros do, but for a non-pro to come out here and win, is encouraging for all players and especially for amateurs and women.”

Although Fuchs is considered an amateur player, she does have quite a bit of accomplishments on her poker resume, having cashed in over 20 tournaments. She has numerous final tables and even a couple of wins at the Bicycle Casino and Commerce Casino in Los Angeles.

To win a Dealers Choice event, you need to be proficient in all of the 18 possible game variations. Fuchs admitted that she had never played Big O before, which is five-card pot-limit Omaha eight-or-better, but she got the hang of it as the tournament went on.

At the final table, Fuchs had to overcome the likes of Robert Mizrachi (3rd), Chris Klodnicki (4th) and Yuval Bronshtein (5th), who are three of the better mixed game players in the world.

“When I was playing at the final table, I really felt comfortable," Fuchs said. “I didn’t really feel much pressure. It’s fun for me. It’s not a payday. They had more pressure, I think. For me, this is a bonus.”

Other notables who made deep runs in the event included Scott Clements (8th), Randy Ohel (13th), Kevin MacPhee (18th), Tom Schneider (21st), Jesse Sylvia (23rd), John Myung (25th), Jeremy Ausmus (26th), Mike Leah (27th), Jon Turner (28th), Jeff Lisandro (29th) and Todd Brunson (32nd).

Here is a look at the final table results.

Finish Player Name Prize POY Points
1 Carol Fuchs $127,735 600
2 Ilya Krupin $78,933 500
3 Robert Mizrachi $51,236 400
4 Chris Klodnicki $34,252 300
5 Yuval Bronshtein $23,528 250
6 Viktor Celikovsky $16,588 200

For more coverage from the summer series, visit the 2015 WSOP landing page complete with a full schedule, news, player interviews and event recaps.