Big news this week for the fairer sex as two stellar names from the women’s poker scene, Allyn Jaffrey Schulman and Deborah Giardina, have been selected from a strong list of nominees to enter the Women in Poker Hall of Fame.
However, first up this week is some big news from PokerStars, where players of all bankroll levels are getting ready to take part in one of the biggest poker events of the year so far, the 2014 Spring Championship of Online Poker.
With 45 events on the schedule, with three buy in levels for each event (low, medium and high) the eagerly anticipated 2014 Spring Championship of Online Poker started on PokerStars on Sunday 4th May with a bang.
Given the range of buy ins for each event, this means that a total of 135 individual tournaments will be contested from 4th May through to the 18th May, so there’s still plenty of time to take part.
For the opening night, over 100,000 players were tempted to take part in each of the three events, with more than $5 million in guarantees. The big news however is that British players have been faring particularly well in the championship with several notching up notable cashes out.
Rob Tinnion took home $56,531 from finishing in second place in the 2014 SCOOP, whilt 6Thor6 earned a fantastic prize of $127,711.01 when he too finished second in the $215 buy in for the same event. T
here were also several British players in the final cash out places of the $2,100 buy in level of the same SCOOP event, with Phil McAllister taking home the biggest prize of $232,960 for his second place finish.
With several other players finishing inside the top ten in several other events, the 2014 Spring Championship is proving British Poker is a healthy and vibrant scene, not without its fair share of talented players. The Championship runs until Sunday 18th May, so there is still time to take part, especially if you are based in blighty!
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Congratulations to poker player and industry expert Allyn Jaffrey Schulman and respected poker industry professional Deborah Giardina, as both have been selected to be inducted as the Class of 2014 representatives in the Women in Poker Hall of Fame.
Both women beat off competition from an impressive list of other nominees including the likes of Donna Blevins, Ruth Hall, Jennifer Tilly and Esther Rossi.
Deborah Giardina’s story is an interesting one as she is not a poker player. Instead, her journey to the top began inside the industry as a dealer at the tables in Colorado. As she displayed a real verve for the job, she was soon appointed Assistant Table Games Manager and not long after, she became Cardroom Manager at Lyle Berman’s Grand Casino Gulfport in Biloxi, Mississippi.
She has also opened a cardroom for Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota and after serving five years in that role, became Director of Poker Operations at the brand new Wynn Las Vegas Poker Room. Giardina now works as the Vice President of Poker Operations at Bestbet Jacksonville, in Florida.
In contrast, Allyn Shulman has enjoyed a long and successful poker career amassing more than $1m in tournament earnings, including winning $603,713 at the 2012 World Series of Poker Seniors Event.
Along with her poker playing family, husband Barry and son Jeff, she also played an integral part in bringing CardPlayer Magazine to poker players and is also a leading expert on online gambling law, in her role as a practising criminal defence attorney.
A gala luncheon in honour of the two inductees will be held at the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas on 25th June 2014, with tickets $40 in advance or $50 on the door.