A week after her husband made an appearance on the show, Allyn Shulman was on Doc’s Sports Happy Hour Show to discuss her first career as a criminal defense attorney, her poker career, and family life with a bunch of successful poker players.
Before moving to Las Vegas and becoming a regular in the tournament poker world, Shulman was a high-powered criminal defense attorney in California. She talked to host Tony George about how her time in the courtroom made the transition to poker much easier since they were both male-dominated fields.
Shulman noticed that the male attorneys had a camaraderie with each other and the judges on the bench. She didn’t feel included in the ‘boys’ club,’ but she established herself as a force to be reckoned with in court, and eventually accepted by her peers.
“Whatever that boys’ club is, I’m a part of it now,” Shulman told George about being accepted by male lawyers.
She got into poker at the recommendation of her first husband, who passed away five months after a cancer diagnosis. He said she would enjoy the competition and human interaction.
Years after his passing, she took a trip to Las Vegas with friends to play poker tournaments. It was there she met Card Player Publisher Barry Shulman, who she gave a lot of credit in her development into becoming one of the top female tournament poker players in the world.
Allyn, who is a member of the Women In Poker Hall of Fame and an owner of a World Series of Poker bracelet from the 2012 Seniors event, said that being part of a family full of poker players made her a better poker player than she would have become otherwise.
“The input of many different ideas makes you come up with something that is better than you might come up with on your own,” said Shulman, who then compared it to lawyers talking about the best way to convince a jury.
Along with her bracelet, she also has a Card Player Poker Tour title to her resume with a victory in the 2013 CPPT Venetian $5,000 no-limit hold’em main event for $293,966. She has more than $1.55 million in live tournament earnings.
You can watch the entire interview below: