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Ryan Tepen: Bar Poker Player Runs Good To Win Championship

by Bernard Lee |  Published: Jan 20, 2016

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In the world of poker, most young players get their start with online poker, playing millions of hands and running myriad simulations. However, this Missouri native was introduced to poker in an atypical fashion: bar poker. Often winning the nightly event’s top prize of $20 in drinks, Tepen felt that he was a solid poker player. However, after the University of Missouri graduate met three-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Dutch Boyd, his brother, and the rest of “The Crew” at a charity function, Tepen realized just how much he needed to improve to become a really good player. Over the years, he was mentored by other poker pros including Bryan Devonshire and Jake Bazeley, constantly improving his game years after year. After working hard on his game for almost a decade, Tepen capped off the most successful year of his poker career last month by capturing the ...


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