The two new inductees at this year’s Women in Poker Hall of Fame have been revealed. The new inductees are poker player and leading expert on online gambling law Allyn Jaffrey Schulman and Vice President of Poker Operations at bestbet Jacksonville in Florida, Deborah Giardina.
The two new inductees will join a distinguished circle of women, who have excelled in the world of poker, among them Linda Johnson, Barbara Enright, Kathy Liebert, Jennifer Harman, Cyndy Violette, Marsha Waggoner and Susie Isaacs.
The board selected Schulman and Giardina from a list of nominees that included Jennifer Tilly, Donna Blevins, Debbie Burkhead, Ruth Hall and Esther Rossi.
Allyn Jaffrey Schulman
In the motivation the board points to Schulman’s “superior poker skill” and her contribution to Poker Player Alliance as well as her work as an attorney and leading expert on online gambling. In 2012 Schulman won the WSOP Seniors event and beat WSOP Main Event finalist Dennis Philips heads-up. The tournament had 4,128 entrants, which created a first prize of massive $603,713. The year after Schulman took down the Venetian Deep Stacks $5K Championship with 262 players and a $293,966 first prize.
In the motivation for choosing Giardina the board highlights her work within the industry, where she has brought success to every casino she has worked with. In 1990, she started her career as a dealer in Colorado and quickly rose to the position of Assistant Table Games Manager. She then went on to Lyle Berman’s Grand Casino Gulfport in Biloxi, Mississippi, where she was appointed Cardroom Manager within the first year. In 1999, she opened the cardroom for Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota, and in 2004 she was hired as Director of Poker Operations for the new Wynn Las Vegas Poker Room. Currently, she is the Vice President of Poker Operations at bestbet Jacksonville in Florida, the largest cardroom in North Florida.
The new inductees will be celebrated at a Gala Luncheon June 25th at Golden Nugget Casino, Las Vegas.
Barbara Enright (2007) and Linda Johnson (2011) are still the only women to be inducted to The Poker Hall of Fame.