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Nani Dollison has had more WSOP success than any other woman in the last decade. In a short time she cemented her place among the most successful women in the history of the WSOP such as, Barbara Enright and Susie Isaacs. Dollison won two Ladies Championship Events, is tied for most bracelets held by a woman, and won two bracelets in one year.
She won back-to-back Ladies Championship in 2000 and 2001; Susie Isaacs is the only other woman to do the same. Only Enright, Isaacs, and Dollison have won the prestigious event more than once. At the time of her second Ladies title she passed Annie Duke as the all-time female money winner for the WSOP.
Dollison won a third bracelet in the $2,000 Limit Hold ‘Em event in 2000. She proved that she could compete with the men when she bested a final table that had notable pros Eli Elezra and Chau Giang.
Dollison continued to find WSOP success in 2005 when she placed 115th in the 2005 Main Event. She was among the last women standing in the massive 5,619-player event. That cash alone was more than $54,000.
She got her start in the El Dorado Club in California, now the Hustler Casino, as a dealer. She learned her first lessons in poker before Hold ‘Em was legal in California. This shaped Dollison’s well-rounded game. Her Ladies title’s came when seven-card stud and limit Hold ‘Em were being played.
Dollison was born in Korea and moved to the US at only 19 as the wife a soldier. She currently resides in Lake Hernando, Mississippi and plays professionally in Tunica while also traveling the tournament circuit.