Ms. Eolis' was introduced to poker at the legendary Mayfair Club (1984)  where she soon sidled up to No Limit Hold'em games against the best in class.  In 1986 she became the first woman to cash in the main event of the World Series of Poker, and in 1993 she was the first woman to do so twice.   

Wendeen H. Eolis

Staying power!

  • Binhion's Hall of Fame 6th place (1988)
  • Winner, European Open (1990)
  • Winner (High Stakes Invitational) 2000
  • WPT Bellagio 5 Star Cash (2003)
  • US Poker Championship Cash (2004)
  • 7 WSOP cashes (1986-2009)
  • ​Player Poker Night in America--CBS Sports (2015/16)
Grande Dame of Poker

Eolis was awarded a commemorative poker chip in her honor by the World Series of Poker (1996)  and has been recognized since 2007 by the WSOP as the "Grande Dame of Poker."

Eolis was also the only player awarded a management sponsorship and election to the Professional Poker Tour (2004-2005) by the World Poker Tour . She was the  lone business executive awarded a seat for WPT's Ladies Night 2 televised special.

In the book "Playing with the Big Boys" (Van Vleet and Norris, 2002)

the authors called Eolis the "Ultimate Poker Goddess."    


On GSN's televised Poker Royale, Masters v Young Bloods Eolis  landed at the top of the leader board in qualifying points.

Ms. Eolis was a sponsored player on the elite Queens of Heart team at the WSOP and a veteran keynote speaker for corporate and charity events, frequently donating her fees to causes for children.

​In 2015  and 2016 she appeared as an invited guest on  Poker Night in America (CBS Sports). The last hand of the 2016 program pits Eolis against Jason Mercier, the 2016 WSOP's most valuable player.