Las Vegas woman wins open event at World Series of Poker

Las Vegas attorney Allyn Jaffrey-Shulman became the first woman to win an open event at the World Series of Poker since 2008, capturing No-Limit Hold'em Seniors World Championship Monday at the Rio.

Jaffrey-Shulman, wife of Card Player Magazine Publisher Barry Shulman, topped a record field of 4,128 players to win the $1,000-buy-in event for players age 50 and older. She earned $603,713.

Her victory over runner-up Dennis Phillips in heads-up play, ended a streak of 249 straight male winners in events that included both men and women players.

Jaffrey-Shulman, who is originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., spent 25 years in Los Angeles as a criminal defense attorney. She serves as Card Player Magazine's legal counsel and is an advocate for legalization of Internet poker.

Jaffrey-Shulman had five cashes and $84,766 in career World Series of Poker earnings before Monday.

Phillips, best known for his third-place finish in the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event, earned $372,895 for second place.

The event had the largest ever one-day starting field, surpassing last year's seniors event, which drew 3,752 players.

Contact reporter Howard Stutz at or 702-477-3871. Follow @howardstutz on Twitter.


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