2012 WSOP, Day 24: Allyn Jaffrey Shulman Breaks Women’s Curse (?), Paul Sokoloff Third In H.O.R.S.E. World Championship


History might have been made on Monday at the 2012 World Series of Poker (depending on your viewpoint) as the Seniors Championship was determined, while Canadian poker players continue to do well in other events on the schedule.

  • Event #29 – $1000 Seniors No Limit Hold’em Championship – Final Day

Allyn Jaffrey Shulman

Battling through the largest Day One field in the history of the WSOP – and coming back from the short stack on the extended Day Four final table – Allyn Jaffrey Shulman was able to vanquish her talented opposition to become the first woman to win a WSOP bracelet outside the Ladies Event since 2008.

At the start of four handed play on Monday, Shulman (1.62 million) was looking up at the big stacks of Dennis Phillips (5.335 million), Bob Phelps (3.475 million) and Hoyt Corkins (1.96 million) and immediately went on the attack. She moved up the pay ladder once Phelps knocked Corkins off in fourth place and doubled up after that through Phillips. The all-in move was utilized frequently by Shulman as she looked to get back in the match.

A key hand catapulted Shulman to the chip lead. After the chips went in pre-flop, Shulman was in excellent position (holding A-J) to double again through Phelps’ Q-J. A two club flop kept her in the lead, but the Queen of clubs on the turn shifted the hand to Phelps. On cue, another club came on the river; with Shulman holding the Ace of clubs, her flush was best and she assumed the lead.

From there, Shulman kept her charge up. She dismissed Phelps from the tournament in third place to take a 3:1 lead over Phillips to heads up play. Phillips wasn’t ready to concede the tournament, however, reversing the chip stacks to eventually take a nearly 5:1 edge. Two hands would eventually determine the champion of the event.

After Shulman moved all-in, Phillips made the call with his pocket Queens against Shulman’s K-6. A 9-8-4 rainbow flop kept Phillips in the lead, but the five on the turn opened up a straight out for Shulman. Magically, a seven came on the river to give her the hand and even up the chip counts. On the final hand, Phillips pushed with his A-6, only to find Shulman sitting on A-10. A ten on the flop virtually sealed the deal and, once the turn and river blanked, Allyn Jaffrey Shulman became the Seniors Champion.

1. Allyn Jaffrey Shulman (Las Vegas, NV), $603,713

2. Dennis Phillips (Cottage Hills, IL), $372,895

3. Bob Phelps (Shelby, OH), $270,727

4. Hoyt Corkins (Glenwood, AL), $199,023

5. Bill Stabler (Salem, OR), $147,605

6. Stuart Spear (Reno, NV), $110,416

7. William Thomson (Calgary, Alberta), $83,332

8. Martin Fitzmaurice (Bloomfield, NJ), $63,418

9. Harold Little (Las Vegas, NV), $48,669

Now the debate will commence as to the historical nature of Shulman’s win. Without a doubt coming through the largest Day One field in WSOP history is hers, but what will be questioned is whether her win actually counts towards another achievement. The Seniors Event is a “restricted entry” tournament (players over 50) and is not considered for Player of the Year points and such. Still, the first victory by a woman in a WSOP tournament (outside of the Ladies Event) since 2008 is a monumental achievement; we’re sure that Shulman won’t be giving the bracelet up, nor will she give the prize money back!

  • Event #31 – $1500 No Limit Hold’em – Final Day

19 players came back on Monday to determine the champion of Event #31 without a Canadian player in contention (Terrence Chan’s elimination in 20th place was the highest Canadian finish). There was some buzz for the tournament, though, as Joe Cada looked to become the first WSOP Championship Event winner since Carlos Mortensen to earn a bracelet in another event. Also in the mix were Cherish Andrews, who was the Day One chip leader and was playing great poker, as well as J. C. Tran, Dwyte Pilgrim and Carter Phillips.

After Jim Kasputis was eliminated in tenth place, the official final table took their seats with Tom Chambers at the helm and Andrews and Cada on the short stacks. Phillips began his ascension at this time, working his way up to third on the leaderboard, while Andrews used a double through Huy Quach to get back in the match. Cada also wasn’t ready to leave just yet, knocking out Jonathan Poche in eighth for some much needed ammunition.

They would reach dinner seven handed but, after the break, the entire complexion of the final table would change. Cada would become the first player to reach the four million chip mark while Andrews would continue a steady climb and Phillips’ stack would yo-yo. Through his aggression, however, Phillips would push his way into second behind Cada.

Cada would extend the lead by knocking out Andrews in fourth place in a classic A-K/pocket pair race that went Cada’s way when he hit a wheel on the river. He would go on to take out Chambers in third and entered heads up against Phillips holding over a five million chip lead.

Only ten minutes into heads up, Phillips had eased his way in front of Cada but, by the hour mark, Cada once again was in the lead. An impromptu break brought a rarity in the modern WSOP – allegedly the duo decided to split the remaining prize money and play for the bracelet – but the twosome would still fight for over an hour and a half more before Phillips emerged with the title.

1. Carter Phillips (Las Vegas, NV), $664,130

2. Joe Cada (Shelby Township, MI), $412,424

3. Tom Chambers (Chicago, IL), $290,875

4. Cherish Andrews (Chambersburg, PA), $210,083

5. Najib Kamand (London, the United Kingdom), $153,578

6. Maxi Lehman ski (Rosenheim, Germany), $113,618

7. Michael Aron (Palm Beach Gardens, FL), $85,043

8. Jonathan Poche (Youngsville, LA), $64,399

9. Huy Quach (West Covina, CA), $49,333

  • Event #32 – $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship – Final Day

The fifteen men who came back on Monday to determine the World Champion of H.O.R.S.E. presented several storylines. Both Phil Hellmuth and Phil Ivey were in contention for another bracelet, but Canadian eyes were on Paul Sokoloff as he attempted to take the crown down.

Sokoloff was extremely quiet in the early going, letting his chip stack slide down to 75,000, before slowly rebuilding his stack. He would eliminate John Hennigan in 13th during Stud Hi/Lo to add some much needed chips to his stack, then chopped some away from the chip leader at the start of the day, John Monnette, to push over the 500K mark. By the time Mori Eskandani was eliminated in ninth place to set the final table, Sokoloff had pushed into fifth place behind Hellmuth, David Baker, Ivey and Monnette.

It looked as if it would be Hellmuth’s day as he rampaged to the top of the table while Sokoloff laid in waiting. Sokoloff would join Hellmuth and Monnette over the one million chip mark in taking a big Omaha Hi/Lo hand off of Matt Waxman and continue to climb in crippling Abe Mosseri. By the dinner break, Sokoloff was ahead of both Ivey and Hellmuth but behind Baker and Monnette.

Once Ivey (fifth) and Hellmuth (fourth) were eliminated after dinner, Sokoloff was guaranteed a big payday but looking for more. Unfortunately, he would go the opposite direction, ground down by Baker and Monnette, until his elimination in Hold’em by Monnette. The third place finish by Paul Sokoloff was the only Canadian cash in the H.O.R.S.E. World Championship.

While Monnette held a slim 600K chip lead at the start of heads up, Baker wasted little time in claiming the lead. Barely ten minutes after Sokoloff’s elimination, Baker had seized the helm and, save for a couple of moments in the hour and a half match, ride his way to victory over Monnette, who was looking for his second bracelet of the 2012 WSOP.

Paul Sokoloff

1. David Baker (Rochester Hills, MI), $451,779

2. John Monnette (Palmdale, CA), $279,206

3. Paul Sokoloff  (Toronto, Ontario), $183,784

4. Phil Helmuth (Palo Alto, CA), $134,056

5. Phil Ivey (Las Vegas, NV), $99,739

6. Abe Mosseri (Longboat Key, FL), $75,511

7. Matt Waxman (Parkland, FL), $58,093

8. Dan Kelly (Potomac, MD), $45,360

  • Event #33 – $1000 No Limit Hold’em – Day Two

Of the 231 players who came back on Monday for play, only fourteen will be in contention when the championship is determined on Tuesday. Nelson’s Joseph Marzicola is in good shape for making a run at Canada’s fourth bracelet, sitting on 875,000 in chips in third behind Vitaly Meshcheriakov and Dylan Hortin.

The Canadians who made some money from this tournament include Justin Oliver and Erez Ozer ($10,213 each), Marc Blais and Ren Heo Zhang ($5786), Lucas Greenwood ($4880), Nicholas Verkaik ($3597) Alan Parker, Henry Haasen, Derek Verrian, Steve Tripp, Luc Michaud and Daniel Idema ($2767), Mark Radoja and John Randa ($2465), Cary Lucier ($2214), Miguel Proulx, Jessica Baker and Laird McKeen ($2012), who joined the three other Canadians who cashed on Sunday.

Today’s winner will take home $440,238 in prize money along with the WSOP bracelet.

  • Event #34 – $5000 Six Handed Pot Limit Omaha and Event #35 – $2500 Mixed Hold’em – Day One

With two tournaments in their Day One action, it’s better to focus on those Canadians who are still alive with a chance at making the final table. In Event #34, we have to look way down the table to find Sam Chartier (36th, 75K) and Lasell King (47th, 66,700) as the Canadian contenders for the title. There are 72 players remaining, with noted pro David Benyamine leading the way with 248,300 in chips.

In Event #35, the news is a bit brighter as two Canadians are in the top twelve players. Michael Malm finished the day in second place behind Andre Akkari, while Guang Lu sits in twelfth place. WSOP bracelet winner Erik Cajelais is also in the mix, but he has some work to do to rise from his 65th place slot of the 88 remaining players.

  • Event #36 – $3000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout and Event #37 – $2500 Eight Game Mixed – STARTING TODAY

Adding into the abundance of action around the Rio today will be two new tournaments. The $3000 NLHE Shootout should be one to draw the players, while the $2500 Eight Game Mixed event at 5PM should bring out the versatile pros in attendance at the WSOP. It promises to be another great day as the fourth week of the WSOP works its way into high gear.




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Earl Burton
Earl Burton is a veteran journalist in the poker industry, having covered the game since 2004. He has played the game much longer, however, starting out playing in family games at a very early age. He has covered tournaments across the United States, including the World Poker Tour, the World Series of Poker and various charitable events. Earl’s background includes writing for some of the top poker news sites in the industry as well as other poker media outlets that include Poker Player Newspaper and Canadian Poker Player Magazine. Earl keeps an unblinking eye on the poker world, offering coverage of news from the industry, tournament action, player interviews, strategy and his opinions on the game. Whenever possible, Earl will also step to the tables to demonstrate that there’s more than just writing talent behind his poker game!


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