Gaming Grande Dame

Wendeen Eolis knows all sides of the gaming space as an activist; legal/business consultant, government official and advisor,  customer/player. Her 40* years of experience includes  advocacy on behalf  of commercial, tribal, and online gaming entities, progressive gaming initiatives as a government official and advisor, and  leadership in the poker industry as a Power Poker Player; champion of the game and pioneer for women in high stakes competition. Wendeen was the first woman to cash in the final event of the World Series of Poker and the the first woman to do so twice. She went on to demonstrate staying power as a force in the industry over the past thirty years. Check out Wendeen's take on gaming operations--blackjack, other table games and of course, poker in  an array of media cli0ps:   


Wendeen H. EolisWHE at Monte Carlo Conference

Media Spotlights Wendeen 


In the 80's Wendeen  began to tame a macho poker world as a leading pioneer for women in high stakes poker games and big buy-in tournaments. In the 90's she was widely regarded as a key force in effectuating poker room smoking bans in Atlantic City, at the WSOP, and the best known casino in Paris. In the oughts as the member of WSOP Players Advisory Council, she put on a full court press to combat abusive conduct in poker rooms and tournament competition at the WSOP and she was appointed chair of the WSOP  Internaitonal P by Harrahs Entertainment.   Wendeen advocated for enhanced customer service for overseas visitors. While Chairman of the player-driven World Poker Association, Eolis produced an educational conference and a tournament in partnership with the WSOP.

Eolis' company supports numerous poker tournaments that include a charitable component. Ms. Eolis donates fees received from participation at these events to charity.



Unique Poker Broadcasts

First female poker player to commentate for WSOP (ESPN, 1987).
Director and anchor of the first live poker tournament podcast (USPC, 1999). 
Co-anchor of filmed TOC, a pilot for the WPT (2001).
Celebrity Player WPT Ladies Night II  Travel Channel (2004).
Internet broadcast,: last WSOP event (Binion's Horseshoe, 2005).
Poker Royale Invitational GSN TV points leader (2005).
Poker Night in America Invitational CBS Sports Network (2015) ​


Writing to Raise Awareness of Issues

Eolis was a pioneer in investigative journalism for poker trade publications. Her first such piece appeared in Poker Digest (2000). Since that time, Eolis has published profiles, busuness articles and investigatory pieces. She has written cover stories and penetrating articles for most of the major poker publications.