The World Poker Tour considered hundreds of women hopefuls before selecting its cast of six final table participants for its Ladies Night II televised special.
Wendeen participates in just a few poker tournaments due to her full time commitment to EOLIS International, so her selection for this event was a particularly special honor.
The beautiful Bicycle Club Casino in Los Angeles, California once again played host to the WPT with a return engagement of one of its most popular events, Ladies Night. Defending champion, the lovely and ever-popular Clonie Gowen, along with four of today’s top female poker players and one newcomer squared off in a no-limit Texas Hold’Em shootout to stake a claim to the winner’s bounty – a single coveted $25,000 seat at the season-ending WPT Championship at Bellagio.
Joining Clonie (who took seat 5) at the final felt were 5 extremely dangerous and capable players: in Seat 1, local favorite and two time money winner Sharon Goldman; in Seat 2, seasoned pro and WSOP bracelet winner from Atlantic City, Cyndy Violette; in Seat 3, the aggressive Parisian transplant and Gus Hansen protege, Isabelle Mercier; in Seat 4, in her first tournament, the newcomer who beat 352 women to make the final table, Lavinna Zhang; in Seat 6, New York business consultant and the first woman to cash in the history of the WSOP, Wendeen Eolis.