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Ten Years Later

Remembering the 2003 World Series of Poker

by Nolan Dalla |  Published: Jun 12, 2013

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All glory is fleeting. The World Series of Poker very nearly had its obituary written and it was close to being scribed in May 2003. Aside from a select few, no one quite realized how dire the situation was at Binion’s Horseshoe when dozens of poker tables were pulled out of storage, dusted off, hauled upstairs, and locked into place inside the tournament room known as “Benny’s Bullpen,” an old bingo hall that had been converted into a makeshift arena for the richest and most prestigious gambling event on the planet. Leaks to the local media made a bad situation much worse. Could the 2003 WSOP actually turn out as badly as the thing had gone the year before? Might this be the end road of a legend? Instead of the lead up to the series being one of the most anticipated times of the year for poker players, the ...


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