Two-Time WSOP Bracelet Winner Starla Brodie Passed Away

TodayStarla Brodie 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.

Starla Brodie final table drawing

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”.

Brodie came to the final table third in chips and by the time heads-up play began, she had a 3-to-1 advantage over runner-up Karen Wolfson. After losing a huge pot with aces up, when Brodie caught running kings on fifth and sixth streets to make trips, Wolfson was left short stacked and couldn’t recover. The final hand came down when Wolfson went all in on third street with and Brodie called with in the pocket and an in the door. Wolfson failed to make a flush, and Brodie caught both a and a to hit her straight and win her second bracelet. In 2001 Starla Brodie had her final cash in the Ladies Event. Whether she played in any other tournament after this point is not known.The news of Brodie’s death was shared by WSOP-bracelet winner Linda Johnson on Twitter:




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