By WPT Staff

December 2004

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.