We've just bid farewell to one of the icons of this game that you may not be as familiar with as you should be. Wendeen Eoils was the first woman to ever cash in the Main Event, finishing in 20th place in 1986, the year that Berry Johnston won it. Since then, Eolis has played the Main Event every year, also cashing in 1993. She's picked up another five cashes in preliminary events, too, the most recent coming two years ago in a $1,500 event.
This Main Event will not be added to her list of poker cashes, unfortunately.
Eolis got her last ~8,000 chips into the middle with pocket nines, and Steve Brecher called her down with . He flopped two pair, and Eoils could not catch up, graciously bowing out here near the end of Day 2a.