Today we learned that professional poker player Starla Brodie from Verona, New Jersey, passed away at the age of 59.
In 1978 Starla Brodie was runner-up in the Ladies Event at the WSOP. At the time the event was played out as a Limit 7 Card Stud event and not as a NL Hold’em event as we are used to today. The prize pool was $16,800 of which Brodie took home $5,040.
The year after, in 1979, Starla Brodie teamed up with the legend Doyle Brunson himself, in Event #4, a Mixed Doubles 7 Card Stud event. The teamwork proved successful as the couple took down the title, the bracelet and the $4,500 that followed along for each player.
Starla Brodie won her second bracelet and $35,200 in 1995, when she was the last woman standing in the Ladies 7 Card Stud event. The final table included among others the later bracelet winner Cindy Violette, who won the 7 Card Stud High-Low 8 or Better event in 2004.
After winning the event, which Brodie had played every year since the start in 1977, she said: “After playing this tournament for 18 years, I’m thrilled to finally win it. It was a great competition, and the ladies at the final table were some of the toughest players I’ve ever played against. I wouldn’t sit down with them in a live game with my own money”.
Sad to hear that 2-time WSOP bracelet winner Starla Brodie passed away. Starla was inspirational to me in the '70s. She played great poker.
— Linda Johnson (@FirstLadyPoker) April 11, 2014