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Minnesota man’s mistake leads to winning poker’s top prize

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It’s one thing to outlast hundreds or thousands of poker players to win one of the World Series of Poker‘s 68 events and the Las Vegas tournament’s coveted gold bracelet. It’s another thing entirely to win a game you’ve never played before. Christian Pham of St. Paul, Minnesota, did exactly that Thursday, rising to the top of 219 players, including a few poker icons. By accident. The 40-year-old professional poker player said he intended to play no-limit Texas Hold ’em…

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World Series of Poker braces for thousands of players in 2015

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From playing Tuesday night poker matches in a garage with a $20 buy-in to being one among thousands hunched over green-felt tables shuffling stacks of poker chips everyone wishes will grow, 54-year-old Nick Luis Damico was one of likely many World Series of Poker first-timers navigating the annual championship Friday in Las Vegas. The draw for casual players and poker pros alike has been a single new event: the Colossus, and its relatively inexpensive $565 buy-in to get a small…

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