Sally Anne Boyer etched her name in the poker record books last week by setting two records simultaneously at the 38th Annual World Series of Poker.
First, the self-employed part-time poker player from Midway, Utah outlasted the largest field of players ever to compete in a ladies-only poker tournament. In so doing, she also took home the biggest cash prize ever issued in a ladies tournament: $262,077.
It was also the second-highest cash prize ever won by a woman in the 38-year history of the WSOP. This highest was Tiffany Williamson when she won $400,000 in the main event in 2005.
This year’s World Series Ladies Championship drew 1,286 entries, up from the previous record of 1,128 registrants set last year.
The total prize pool generated for this year’s $1,000 buy-in Ladies Championship — $1,170,260 — also constitutes a record.
"I attended the WSOP poker camp (a few days ago) which was very helpful to me," said Boyer in a post-tournament interview. "You dream about winning, but to sit here and actually become the world champion is just more than I could have imagined. I wonder when I am going to wake up."
In addition to winning the highly-coveted World Series of Poker gold bracelet and the lion’s share of tournament cash, Boyer received an exclusive, high-end Corum watch as well as unique benefits from the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks. Boyer also won the opportunity to participate in a Harrah’s exclusive lifestyle and makeover event called "The New You" from Nely Galan, creator of "The Swan"
A native of Berkeley, California, Boyer earned a Masters Degree in Music from Arizona State University.
"We’ve seen another record fall and yet another star rise at the WSOP," said World Series of Poker Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack. "Sally played an unbelievable tournament, and we’re thrilled to award her a first-of-its-kind prize package to mark her milestone victory."
Ten years ago, Susie Issacs won the Ladies World Poker Championship for the second consecutive year. She made a strong run for a third win, but ended up going out in 35th place.
The defending champion in this event was Mary Jones. She also finished high in-the-money, going out in 16 th place.