WSOP Bracelet Winner Profile: Allyn Jaffrey Shulman

Allyn Jaffrey Shulman won her first gold bracelet in the $1,000 Seniors No Limit Hold'em Championship. (Heather Borowinski photo)

Allyn Jaffrey Shulman is used to being a successful woman in a typically male dominated field and used the 2012 World Series of Poker to prove she has no plans to change.

Shulman, the wife of CardPlayer magazine owner Barry Shulman and the company’s acting attorney, swept through the 4,128 player field in the $1,000 Seniors No Limit Hold’em Championship Monday to become the first female bracelet winner outside the annual Ladies Event since 2008. When she defeated 2008 Main Event third place finisher Dennis Phillips heads-up, Shulman ended a 249-tournament male winning streak at the WSOP. The $603,713 she picked up at the cash cage also happened to be the second largest first place payout won by a woman, only behind Annette Obrestad’s 2007 WSOP Europe Main Event win.

Shulman, a former criminal defense attorney of 25 years, likened her experience in the massive tournament to her career as a lawyer. And given she was eligible to play in the Seniors Event, Shulman’s career in law did not begin within the last few years.

“When I was a beginning lawyer, and that was a while ago but don’t ask me when, there were quite a lot of male lawyers and not so many female lawyers. So I think this is important. I don’t think woman have really been given their due,” she said in reference to the minuscule percentage of female poker players in the industry. “But slowly women are breaking into those typically male fields and soon I believe it will be even.”

Several women had made final tables at the 2012 World Series of Poker by the time Shulman sat down with eight male counterparts in the Seniors Event, but none had succeeded in winning the sought after piece of jewelry. And for Shulman, being the one to finally make it happen was an extremely special moment.

“I’m happy for myself but I’m also happy for all women that I’ve won this, showing that any woman can win a poker tournament. I’d like to see more women out there playing and feeling comfortable going at it with the boys,” she said.

On June 9, Shulman’s husband Barry finished eighth in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em and her son Jeff Shulman finished third in the $5,000 Limit Hold’em. “I definitely have the bragging rights in the family right now,” Shulman said. “But I’m not going to use them.”

Name: Allyn Jaffrey Shulman

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Current Residence: Las Vegas, Nevada

Occupation: Attorney

Notable Poke Achievements: 14 of her 39 career cashes have been final tables

Lifetime Poker Earnings: $779,734

Memorable Quotes: On king/six rivered flush against Dennis Phillips’ queens: “I don’t know if it’s my personality of if I’ve learned from Barry (Shulman), but I just kept this sense of calm. In poker, one minute you can win a hand and the next minute you can lose a hand. I really don’t approve of all this extra celebration because in eahc and every hand there is a winner and there is a loser and I don’t want to make the loser feel bad. That is unnecessary. When it hit, my insides were very happy, but I oddly I expected to win that hand.”

On the multiple women who have made deep runs in events at the 2012 WSOP: “Well, it’s because we are great. It’s 2012 and as the years go by, women are becoming more and more comfortable in all fields.”

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