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Last Woman Eliminated in 2010 Main Event
Despite being the only woman left in the 2010 WSOP Main Event, Breeze Zuckerman impressed spectators with an inspiring performance on Day 6.
It ultimately came up short when she had the misfortune of moving all-in with king-ten against Eric Baldwin who picked up pocket aces.
In spite of her elimination, Zuckerman was upbeat about the potentially life-changing experience.
"It was pretty amazing," she said. "It's going to take a long time for any emotion to sink in. I'm completely overwhelmed."
It's been a remarkable journey for Zuckerman, who little more than a year ago was playing in a small home game with her female friends.
Born and raised in Israel, Zuckerman has a degree in sociology and graduated from law school there. She worked for a major newspaper for many years before emigrating to the U.S. approximately 14 years ago.
"I never knew what poker was and I didn't even know the hand values," she said. "I liked it though and eventually made it to the casino to play. The rest is history."
She now plays poker for a living but next month Zuckerman will be starting graduate school at Cal-Lutheran to get her Masters Degree in Psychology.
Right now she's still processing her 121st place finish, which earned her $57,102.
Although Zuckerman didn't have the flash of previous last woman standing winners such as Tiffany Michelle and Maria Ho, she more than proved she could play solid poker over the last six days.
"It was a nice treat," she said about being the last woman standing. "I mean I came here to play poker, it didn't matter if I played guys or girls."
Although Zuckerman admitted she was still reeling from her elimination as she left the Rio, she had a positive outlook on her journey.
"It's not disappointment," she said. "Right now it hurts like hell and I'm trying to remind myself of the accomplishment and I'm hoping at some point soon I'm going to be able to marvel at what I achieved."