No wonder it's called lady luck.
While the fate of a handful of New Yorkers will be decided by the flip of a card in this week's World Series of Poker (search), a tiny brunette from the Lower East Side hopes to make history as the first female champion.
Photographer Wendy Idele Rosen (search) is heading to Las Vegas to try to take home the champion's gold bracelet and about $7 million of the $60 million prize pool.
"Everyone keeps asking, 'When is a woman going to win this?' and I keep on saying, 'This year!'" said Rosen, 34.
She's one of more than 6,000 poker players in the Texas hold 'em tourney starting Thursday at the Rio Casino (search) in Las Vegas, with the last two days at Binion's Horseshoe.
Since her father introduced her to the game as a kid, Rosen said she has always loved playing poker — but started to take it seriously five years ago.
Earlier this month, she spent $20 in an online tournament to win a seat at last Sunday's World Series Ladies Event (search), where she finished 12th out of 660 players to win $6,000.
But Rosen's biggest win to date was beating 60 journalists at a media tournament in New York in November — which won her a $10,000 seat at this year's World Series.
"I just couldn't believe it — I've always wanted to go to the World Series, and here I am!" she said.
When Rosen wins a big pot, she jumps out of her chair and does a disco-style victory dance. "I get away with it because I'm a small girl — they think it's cute," she said
New York City undergrad and Internet whiz Shaun Madison, 26, is training for his first World Series by playing between two and six hours a day on his computer — six virtual "tables" at a time.
"I'm a decent enough player that getting in the money could happen," he said. "But it's going to be a crapshoot with 6,000 people in it."