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Wendeen H. Eolis
WHE WendeenHEolis.jpg
Hometown New York, New York
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) None
Money finishes 7
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
20th, 1993
World Poker Tour
Titles None
Final tables 0(+1)
Money finishes 1

Wendeen H. Eolis (born October 13, 1944) is the Chairwoman of Wendeen Eolis Enterprises, Inc.[1] which includes Eolis International Group,[2] a legal/government affairs consultancy[3], Eolis People Reading Strategies, an executive leadership consultancy, and Eolis Institute for People Reading, [4] a specialized learning center, [5][6] that applies poker principles for use in business, politics and cardrooms.[7] She is also Task Force Commander of Hope's Champion, a post 9.11 disaster counseling program.[3][8] Eolis has previously served as a special adviser to Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and as first assistant and senior adviser to Governor George E. Pataki (NY).[9][10] Eolis has been a pioneer for women in major poker competition[11] and a leader in the poker industry.[12][13] In 2007 Eolis was elected to the Board of Trustees of the World Poker Association, initially serving as vice-chair; in 2008 she was elected as Chairman of the WPA.[14] During the summer of 2008 she accepted a role as a legal consultant in the upcoming presidential elections and left her post as Chairman of the WPA to the organization's founder Jesse Jones.[15] She is a member of the Players Advisory Council of the World Series of Poker (WSOP),[16] and Chair of the WSOP International Players Advisory Council.[17]


Law and business

Born in New York City, Eolis was graduated from New York University with a B.A. in philosophy (1967). In 1969 she founded Eolis, Inc., the first placement and consulting firm strictly for "practicing lawyers." [18] She specializes in counseling lawyers, executives, and "specialized talent" in law, business, government affairs, management issues, regarding counsel selection, attorney staffing,[19] career transitions, negotiation strategies, and media relations and advises companies in post-disaster personnel initiatives.

Eolis heads a network of affiliates that do partner searches and law firm mergers and various legal consulting including legal affairs, crisis management, law department evaluations, and legal fee audits. She also counsels and coaches lawyers, politicians and other executives.[20]

In 1974 she became the first woman president and in 1975 was elected to the board of directors of the Association of Personnel Consultants of New York (APCNY). In 1984, she founded and served as the first president of the National Association of Legal Search Consultants (NALSC).[3]

In 2006 she added an executive leadership consultancy, People Reading Strategies and founded Eolis Institute for People Reading, which teach 12 Steps to "People Reading Excellence". [21] She lectures on negotiation and presentation techniques, often using her experience gained at poker tables.[22][23]

Politics and government

Eolis has been involved in politics since the 70's; initially as president of APCNY, in the development of updated legislation regarding the executive recruiting industry. While president of APCNY, Ms. Eolis was recognized with a "special citation" by the New York State Senate for her contribution to the modernization of employment agency laws in New York State. In the late 80's she was involved in Giuliani's initial Mayoral campaign, then, after his first election on his transition team, and later as an advisor in City Hall operations, including: communications, law department, and personnel matters. Eolis served in the Pataki Administration (appointment 1995)[24] as first assistant to the governor and senior advisor on "special projects" which included rent deregulation and gaming issues. Since 9.11 she has overseen Hope’s Champion Task Force, which works with government representatives and others on emergency preparedness personnel policies and counseling programs for disaster recovery.


Eolis has "cashed" a total of six times at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) [25] and was appointed to the World Series of Poker Players Advisory Council (PAC) in 2006. She was the first woman to cash in the main event of the WSOP (1986) and the first one to do it twice (1993).[26] She has since cashed at the WSOP in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2009. The WSOP issued a commemorative chip[27] for her "milestone" for women (1996) and in 2007, Commissioner of the WSOP, Jeffrey Pollack, dubbed Eolis the "grand dame of poker".[28] Eolis also won the European Open[29] No Limit Hold'em Tournament in 1990 and has cashed in the World Poker Tour,[30] and the United States Poker Championship.[31] Eolis was elected to the Professional Poker Tour (2004-05).[32]


Eolis’ published writings include articles for the New York Law Journal [33], Women’s Business of New York, Poker Player Newspaper,[34] and Bluff Magazine,[35] among others.[36] Eolis has written numerous articles on the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA) and subsequent congressional proposals to reverse the UIGEA legislation.[36] She is the author of Power Poker Dame, and People Reading Secrets.[5][37]


Articles that feature Eolis have appeared in a wide range of publications including: The New York Times (February 6, 1989,[20] January 6, 1991,[38] November 20, 2000,[39] February 9, 2003 [9]), GQ Magazine,[40] Women’s business,[41] NY Daily News,[12] and The National Enquirer among others. She has been featured on A&E Biography,[42][43] the BBC Documentary, Rudy: Mayor of America [44], Court TV,[45] and various televised poker shows including: the World Poker Tour’s Ladies Night II and GSN’s series Poker Royale: Battle of the Ages.[46] She is also featured in Playing with the Big Boys (Van Vleet and Norris, 2002, Ecw) and WSOP Ladies Champion Susie Isaacs' book, Queens Can Beat Kings (Lyle Stuart, 2007).

All information provided above is available on the Internet and Nexis news searches and also is included on the official website (that contain press clips, links and/or summaries).


  1. ^ "Wendeen Eolis Enterprises".  
  2. ^ "Eolis International Group".  
  3. ^ a b c "The American Lawyer - Legal Recruiters Directory - January 2009, retrieved on 03/21/2009, (search Eolis)".  
  4. ^ "Eolis Institute".  
  5. ^ a b "Dystel & Goderich Literary Management: Newsletter Number 37".  
  6. ^ "People Reading Strategies".  
  7. ^ "Wendeen H. Eolis, Power Poker".  
  8. ^ "Public Service, Wendeen Eolis Enterprises".  
  9. ^ a b "The New York Times, "Executives Ante Up, and Win Some Skills", Marci Alboher, February 9, 2003".  
  10. ^ "Bio Snapshot, Eolis International Group -".  
  11. ^ "The New York Times, "James McManus on the World Series of Poker", James McManus, July 1, 2005".  
  12. ^ a b "NY Daily News, "She is a Game Player: politics and poker are joy to blue-chip Manhattan exec", Virginia Breen, July 10, 1999".  
  13. ^ "Hold'em Radio, "WPA increases efforts with WSOP events", Sarah Polson, April 7, 2008".,2010.0.html.  
  14. ^ "Bluff Magazine, "World Poker Association Names Wendeen Eolis Chairman ", Lance Bradley, April 2, 2008".  
  15. ^ "World Poker Association - Homepage, retrieved on 06/15/2008".  
  16. ^ ", "Lunch with Jack Effel: Changes to the 2008 WSOP, Part 1", Matt Savage, February 22, 2008".  
  17. ^ "Poker Player Newspaper, "WSOP Announces Formation of International Players Advisory Council", Joseph Smith, May 30, 2007".  
  18. ^ Continental Profiles Magazine (Continental Airlines), "Corporate Counsel, Profile: Wendeen H. Eolis", Amy C. Pershing, October 1989
  19. ^ "The AmLaw Litigation Daily, "Layoff Report: Litigators Feel the Pinch, But Not as Severely as Their Corporate Colleagues", David Bario, February 25, 2009".  
  20. ^ a b "The New York Times, "A Headhunter Finds 2 Heads Are Acquainted", William Glaberson, February 6, 1989".,%20WENDEEN%20H&field=per&match=exact.  
  21. ^ The Learning Annex Magazine, "The Grand Dame", page 2, December 2007 - March 2008
  22. ^ "NOPAC Talent, Wendeen Eolis Bio".  
  23. ^ "Brooks International, Sports Division, "Wendeen Eolis - World Class Professional Poker Player & Business CEO"".  
  24. ^ New York Law Journal, April 03, 1995 (page 1) Eolis appointment to Executive Chamber
  25. ^ "World Series of Poker Player Profile".  
  26. ^ "Poker Pages - Player Profile".  
  27. ^ "Silver State Treasures, Eolis commemorative chip 1996".  
  28. ^ "World Series of Poker, "The Home Stretch", Jeffrey Pollock, July 9, 2007, Harrah's Entertainment, Inc.".  
  29. ^ ""The Poker MBA", Jeffrey Gitomer and Greg Dinkin, Crown Business,2002, Back Cover".  
  30. ^ "World Poker Tour Player Profile".  
  31. ^ ""The Hendon Mob Poker Database, Poker Porfile"".  
  32. ^ "Poker Player Newspaper, "Lucky You", Wendeen H. Eolis, June 13, 2005".  
  33. ^ "The New York Times, "THE LAW; Now, Enter The 'Media Adviser,' A New Line Of Defense For The Sophisticated Legal Firm", David Margolick, February 24, 1989".  
  34. ^ "Poker Player Newspaper, Articles by Wendeen Eolis".  
  35. ^ "Bluff Magazine, "Poker in Paris: 1st Class" Wendeen H. Eolis, October, 2004".  
  36. ^ a b "Articles by Wendeen H. Eolis".  
  37. ^ "Eolis International Group, "Media Department"".  
  38. ^ "The New York Times, "Managing; Doing Business in Hard Times", Deborah L. Jacobs, January 6, 1991".  
  39. ^ "The New York Times, "Where Poor Table Manners Can Quickly Cost a Fortune", Paul Zielbauer, November 20, 2000".  
  40. ^ "Wendeen H. Eolis, News Features, "Chicks with Decks(excerpt)", GQ Magazine".  
  41. ^ ", "The Fizz:Wendeen H. Eolis"".  
  42. ^ "Wendeen H. Eolis, News Features, A&E Biography Close up, July 31, 2000, You Want to Bet?, producer Jonathan Talmadge".  
  43. ^ "Yahoo TV, You Want to Bet? 2000-present, producer Jonathan Talmadge".  
  44. ^ BBC America, 2002, producer Celia Lowenstein, narrator - Sir Harold Evans
  45. ^ Court TV, April 6, 2000, Nancy Grace - Wendeen Eolis, 11AM-12PM
  46. ^ "Wikipedia Article, Poker Royale: Battle of the Ages".  

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