By London Times Staff

October 21, 2003

With Diwali just a few days away, when gambling is the order of the day, JAMES BONE checks out America’s female gamblers who cheque out their male counterparts with ease.

Wendeen Eolis, a legal consultant, grandmother, and  once an aide of Rudolph Giuliani, the former Mayor of New York, who was the first woman to win a significant amount of money in the World Series of Poker, says that women are becoming more confident at the baize.

“More women are in competitive workplaces where men have traditionally prevailed and now women have discovered what they can do,” she says. Her poker-playing motto is: discipline, desire, determination.