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A Star in the Making

by Rebecca McAdam |  Published: Nov 01, 2009

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You could say there are two types of stars. The first blazes onto the horizon and consistently shines for all the world to see, competing with younger stars, and holding onto what made it unique in the first place. The second comes out of the blue, burning bright and wonderfully, but fading just as quick as it came. Both stars are eye-catching but there is one major difference between the two, and that is — legends are made from the first kind. In poker, there are many stars. They became this way for various reasons; what they’ve done for the game, the fun they bring to the tables, their outspoken banter, success, or simple likeability. Names like Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott, Phil Ivey, Phil Laak, and Gus Hansen can fit into all or any of the above categories. A Star is Born? The latest star or perhaps ...


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