In the mid 1980’s, women were considered no factor in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event, and other than the famous rounder and professional gambler Thomas “Amarillo Slim” Preston, poker players rarely made headlines in the mainstream press. That all changed when Wendeen Eolis became the first woman to cash at poker’s “Big Dance.”
In the 1986 WSOP Main Event, Eolis battled some of the best players in the world, including Amarillo Slim, in a field of 141 runners. She was on her way to a 25th-place finish for a $10,000, return on her buy-in, and permanent bragging rights as the first woman in history to cash in the WSOP Main Event.
Eolis attributes her 1986 WSOP performance to a year of poker tutoring from one of the best, a “relatively” conservative game plan, and cooperative cards. She told PokerNews, “Even today, women can win more by bluffing less than men.”
Corey Wade raised to 350,000 from the cutoff and was called by Robert Tanita on the button.
The flop came out and both players checked through to the turn of that saw Wade check and Tanita bet 500,000 which Wade called.
The river saw Wade check again and Tanita sized a bet up to 2,075,000 sending Wade into the tank. After some time he put in the call and Tanita said "you're good," before briefly flashing for a missed low draw. Wade triumphantly turned over for aces and threes and took a massive chunk out of Tanita's chip lead.
On the button, Lawrence Brandt opened 400,000 and Robert Tanita quickly announced "pot" from the big blind. Brandt answered by another raise to pot, and Tanita called. Brandt had 2,280,000 and was all in.
Brand held aces and A-2 and after a board, he secured a double up. Brandt had a long lead and still remains well ahead, meanwhile now Lawrence Brandt is second on the chip count.