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ESPN to Premiere 2008 WSOP $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. Event Tonight

Watch a Table Full of Pros Battle for the $2 million First-Place Prize at 8 p.m. PST

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Chip Reese memorial trophyESPN continues to premiere 2008 World Series of Poker episodes, and the $50,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. event is the featured tournament tonight, airing at 8 p.m. PST.

Dubbed the Players Championship, the event is considered by most pros to be the most prestigious event. It is the biggest buy-in tournament of the Series at five times the amount of the main event, making it nearly impossible for amateurs to enter on a whim. Not only do players need the a sufficient bankroll to enter the event, but they also need to be well-versed in a multitude of limit games, including hold’em, Omaha, razz, seven-card stud, and seven-card stud eight-or-better. All things considered, the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event arguably boasts the toughest and most experienced fields ever assembled. It’s no surprise that this year’s final table was once again chock full of pros. Card Player TV provided an in-depth final-table preview video that included interviews with two of the players. The following are the chip counts for the eight remaining players who will begin tonight’s action on ESPN:

Seat 1: Matthew Glantz 1,445,000
Seat 2: Huck Seed 1,200,000
Seat 3: Patrick Bueno 695,000
Seat 4: Lyle Berman 1,430,000
Seat 5: Scotty Nguyen 3,535,000
Seat 6: Barry Greenstein 1,955,000
Seat 7: Michael DeMichele 905,000
Seat 8: Erick Lindgren 3,680,000

For defeating a field of 148 players, the winner of the event took home just under $2 million of the $7.1 million prize pool, as well as the David “Chip” Reese memorial trophy.

The Card Player reporting team was there every step of the way as a new $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. champion was crowned. For complete results, check the WSOP link under the Tournaments tab. That is where payouts, update logs, photos, and videos from the event can be found. (Warning: These links contain spoilers.)

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PokerJoeK
10 years ago

Yes BABY!!!

 
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RockstarPoker
10 years ago

Im no longer a Scotty Nguyen fan. That guy showed very little class in this event. Yeah DeMichele was out of line at times, but scotty was way out of line. Espiecially for a pro. I wanted a pro to win this event (espiecially this yr), but too bad Scotty was the one.

 
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mknipfer
10 years ago

That was a very terrible display of professionalism, i am no longer a Scotty supporter. True Michael was out of line in the beginning, but WSOP should have cut Scotty off of the drinks to show America that this is a skill game, im sure Chip feels the same.

 
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April427
10 years ago

After seeing the event on tv, I'm surprised they didn't enforce rules about language that they usually do during tournament play. Scotty Nguyen needed some penalty time away from the table.

 
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RockstarPoker
10 years ago

Not to say he didnt need some sort of penalties, but if you dont swear at a person, you can say the f word.

 
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riverhorse
10 years ago

Well for the most experienced and toughest field ever assembled that was the sorriest excuse for a poker game i ever saw. reminded me more of a keg party and a poker game. scotty nguyen has some serious problems. he should be suspended for a couple years from the tour. cardplayer magazine needs people writing editorials about this kind of stuff. a big black eye for poker.

 
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Truthseeker
10 years ago

How can you say cardplayer was there every step of the way??? You did not capture the storyline of the event which was Nguyen imploding. Another horrible job cardplayer.

 
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seamarfan269
10 years ago

I had to keep rewinding the tape to show my wife the "real" Scotty Nguyen when he went off because it was taking too long to get a cold beer. I doubt Chip would have endorsed any of Mr. Nguyen's antics at this final table. P.S. How about E-Dog leaving Layne "hanging"?! I was RLMAO, and that's that I am a fan of Layne Flack.

 
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HuskerInVegas
10 years ago

I was shocked and APPLAULED by the way the Princess of Poker, Snotty, er Scotty Nguyen acted in the HORSE Event. His use of vulgarity over NOTHING, showed him as unprofessional, immature and ignorant. I was surprised that Eric or Michael didn't call a Tournament Official to repremand Scotty on his behavior. And shame on the WSOP for allowing this to happen. I'll never play at a table with him, but if it I do, and Scotty acts like this, he'll be drinking through a straw for many months. Also, hats off to ESPN and Norman Chad for not doing their post-tournament interview.

 
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TXHook
10 years ago

I am disgusted, stunned and right down pissed off! The real Scotty please stand up and explain your ridiculous behavior at the final table. Issue an apology and show the world that this was an isolated event that will not repeat itself.
You are a legend in Poker that many players look(ed) up to (not to mention the number of businesses that have chosen you to represent them). DeMichele was out of line but eventually realized his "made for TV" antics were idiotic and behaved himself. You in the other hand showed the world that you were not only the 50K Horse champion....but also THE ABSOLUTE WINNER OF THE HORSE'S ASS CHAMPIONSHIP!
I urge you to step up and apologize to the Poker World.

As for the WSOP Leadership...First was Jamie Gold breaking every rule in the book at the 07 Final Table...now this?.... Shame on you for allowing Scotty to get away with such unsportsmanlike behavior.

 
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TXHook
10 years ago

Correction...it was the 06 WSOP final table..not 07

 
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RockstarPoker
10 years ago

"HORSE's Ass Championship" made me laugh

nice line

 
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riverhorse
10 years ago

Nguyen needs to make a public apology and then get into rehab. the guy is sick.

 
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domdab
10 years ago

So Cardplayer....why no mention of Scotty's deplorable actions in your recent cover story on him? While we're at it, why no comment on your continued acceptance of UB and AB (sites that have cheated players out of millions) ads in your magazine?

You used to be the preeminent poker magazine in the world. Now you're just a company shill. Sad.

 
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RyanLucchesi
10 years ago

An unfortunate side effect of Harrah's media restrictions is that all non-official sponsor media outlets had to cover the event in a separate media room away from the final table, where no audio feed was provided. Had we been able to hear the audio feed it would have been reported in our live coverage.

 
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riverhorse
10 years ago

cardplayer did a cover story on nguyen after this fiasco and didn't address his disgraceful behavior? cardplayer is this true?

 
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domdab
10 years ago

Ryan, I live in Vegas and played in a few WSOP events this year. I wasn't there at the final table but I can assure you that for the next few days at the Rio, there was very little talk about anything but Scotty's behavior that night. Surely Cardplayer must've heard something about it, yet you chose not to investigate it further. If Cardplayer is going to just be a corporate shill for the TV players and online sites, that's fine, there's nothing wrong with making a buck and putting forth only the good things about the poker world to the rest of the public - that's your right. But you should stop pretending to have any journalistic credibility.

 
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Truthseeker
10 years ago

I agree, cardplayer as a company has no journalistic integrity. But what poker magazine does? And its not Ryan's fault. Its his bosses. Its the bosses at Bluff. They dont want you knowing the truth.
When you have a clown like belsky taking a camera and accusing Bluff of copying, and then you do the same thing and copy Bluffs 2007 WSOP coverage (when Bluff put in fake names to prove cardplayer was copying from them)...it just shows how stupid both are.
Bluff intentionally misled their viewers just to get back at cardplayer! Who wins??? Not us.
both mags are pathetic.

 
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ScottyNguyen
10 years ago

I would like to apologize to all my fans for the disappointment I have caused in the H.O.R.S.E. Event. For that I would like to express my
sincerest apology.

I would like to ask for understanding of what really took place. Keep in mind this was a five day event, with an almost fourteen hour final table that was reduced to two hours of air time including all the commercial breaks. With that being said, as you can imagine, more took place than what made the final cut for t.v. Last year's Main Event I made the mistake of letting someone get under my skin, of which overtook my mental focus of the game, and cost me my tournament along with a lot of disappointment amongst my fans and peers. Since that time, it has haunted me and even now with the mistake that I made. As a professional, you always critique yourself to make yourself better, and in doing so you have to focus on the mistakes you make, in order to improve. This year, I needed redemption of my own 2007 Main Event demons to prove to myself that no one would get to me again.

This tournament was too important for me, the trophy, the fifth bracelet, and history, my head was zoned in for this event, and for that time, I forgot the fans were watching me. I said things I shouldn't have said that have disappointed you, and I apologize for my actions. All my life, there have been many many tournaments, I put all the fans first, tried to play bad hands and win to give more excitement, and I would blow my tournament, however I have never regretted it, because without all you fans there would never be a Scotty Nguyen, and I appreciate all of you every which way. This tournament I played the players game. They wanted to play a drinking game, and they couldn't win, they say they can't even beat a drunk, how can you beat a drunk if I'm not drunk. They can't beat me in a drinking game, now they play the talking game to try to get under my skin like in 2007, and I gave it right back to them and got underneath their skin, and they couldn't win. When it came down to playing a poker game, the best will win. Because they can't beat me in a drinking game, a talking game and then we played poker, of which they can't beat me, and I am the one who brought the trophy home. This event I had my mind set, I wouldn't let anything interfere between me and the bracelet and the Chip Reese trophy, and I proved that to the whole world. I can beat them at any game they want to play. And all I have to say, I hope all you fans understand what I'm trying to say. And watch the tape again. I was not the one to start anything, not even drinking or talking, they wanted to start it with me, and they got beat by me fair and square on all levels they wanted to play. All I would ever be sorry, is how the fans feel about me, I would never be sorry to beat those players. If they can't accept defeat, then stay home, crawl under their loved ones arms, don't bad mouth because you got beat by the best poker player. Another thing, I always bring joy and excitement to the poker game every time I'm on tv, and all of you know, when Scotty Nguyen is on tv, your eyes are glued on the screen. Why? Because I make it fun so you guys don't switch the channel. All these years that is all you've seen of me, and that is the real me. That proves to you, how great and nice I am, I am the real deal. One cannot be on tv all these years with the same persona if it wasn't the real deal. Even during this final table, I still took time for all the fans with a smile on my face. You have not even heard of one fan who was there that came up to me and could say that I was rude to them or out of line with them in any way. This was an issue at the table, and one I didn't take out on the fans even during that time. This was business. How many players do you know that would do that to the fans except one, the Prince of Poker, Scotty Nguyen and once again I apologize to all of you. No excuses for my behavior in that $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. final table. And I have explained to you why and how that happened. Bottom line, I only ask for you to please understand and remember that I, Scotty Nguyen, the Prince of Poker is still a human being, just like all of you. I too have good times, bad times, sad times and angry times, just like everyone else in this world, and I hope you can understand that. I do promise to all the fans that no matter what, from now, I would never disappoint you again any which way. I forgot about the fans, and only focused on me. I am sorry.

Thank you,

Scotty Nguyen

 
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domdab
10 years ago

wow....not much of an apology when you say it wasn't you're fault and you weren't drunk, Scotty. The Emperor has no clothes in this one. You showed your true colors by not only berating one of the nicest guys in poker, Erik Lindgren, but you picked on a young kid for no good reason. Good thing he could give as good as he took.

Don't think for one moment any of us believe you weren't drunk. And by the way, you LOST the talking game, you LOST the drinking game, and you LOST the respect of millions.

I have a new nickname for you:

The Prick of Poker.

Good luck white washing this one.

 
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ScottyNguyen
10 years ago

I am sorry.

 
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billie19771
10 years ago

we all acted liked that one time or another, go get em scotty!

 
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domdab
10 years ago

well i hope you're sincere, Scotty. Good luck in the future.

 
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riverhorse
10 years ago

Well Scotty you say how "great" you are...I think you need a good dose of humility buddy. you go on to say you weren't drunk but we all know that was a lie and you're lying to yourself if you say you weren't. It was quite clear on the tape you were drunk and out of control. you acted like a punk off the street. this is not a public apology to post it here Nguyen. You need to make your apology in front of the tv cameras and show some genuine remorse for what you did. you were a disgrace to the game and yourself and you need to make those amends. you also need help and you need to get into rehab before you die. I can forgive but not until you step up and make real apology.

 
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rakiesander
10 years ago

You are a fking disgrace to poker and chip would turn himself in the grave if he saw this, I hope you know that.
You could atleast show a little fucking respect to chip reese. douchebag.

 
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ePokerIndexxx
10 years ago

Scotty IS great, and all of this is part of his game. Poker is in no way about being nice - if you know how to take away your opponents focus by trashtalking, I think you can say WHATEVER you like - no matter how nasty or how mean. I know poker is entertainment to most you guys, but for pros. who have chosen this as their path to the green, ANYTHING goes, ANYTHING!

Respect, and say whatever you like. Dont let the fans' (or anyones) oppinion affect your game! If so, you loose one fan here...

 
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lvdefault
10 years ago

Scotty, I have played with you since the beginning - watched in horror as you blew up tournament after tournament - and delighted in your victories when you played your "A" game (which, by the way, I feel when you bring your "A" game - no one on the world can beat you). I know you might have been exercising some demons in the 50k, but man...you really made pros look like drunk steaming morons in this event. There's really no excuse. It certainly seemed as if you didn't start the battle, but you sure as hell tried to perpetuate the war. Your performance in this event may be one more reason why you (and some other pros) really shouldn't be drinking while playing. 12 hours or not, you were way out of line. Congrats on your win - you're going to need it to keep that new wifey of yours happy and in bling - but I do hope the next time I see you and we talk - I'll see a different Scotty - the one I knew back in the day when we were just leaving the dealer profession and starting our professional careers.

Tony Martin
Local LV Pro - 20 Years

 
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Cardrack21
10 years ago

Scotty,

How can you even come on here with an apology and not once direct it towards MDM. You keep apologizing to the fans, like that's gonna make up for you actions.

As has been mentioned it was obvious that you were drunk because of how you were talking, let alone playing. You were playing like crap, and chip dumping and borderline colluding with Lindgren. Then you would get on his case for not taking advantage of that. He had to make a point that he was not on your team, and that he didn't care if you helped him out, just so no one would think otherwise because of how it looked.

Yea, MDM was a little over the top with the bows after every hand, and the unnessecary hollywood play against Barry, but he got the point after Erick mentioned it the first time. He then got the message for sure when you layed into him about how you've never seen him get up and high five people after taking someone out. Then you go on and do the exact same thing after knocking out Glantz. You can't even say you did it to get back at MDM, because he wasn't even in the hand.

You follow that up with yelling at a coctail waiter on national tv, showing your cards to the crowd, and continuing to berate MDM, and then Lindgren later on when he was sick of your antics. You say the coverage didn't show everything, and then not give one example of what they left out. What was it? What a load of crap. If they didn't show a bunch of things that would have justified your actions, then why was Lindgren obviosuly upset with yours and Layne's actions, and hope that some kid he'd never met would win the event for Chip, most likely so your name wasn't associated with the event after the way you acted.

But no, you weren't drunk, you were justified in all your actions, and the only people you want to apologize to is your fans for seeing you that way. I guess if this would have been one of the non televised events, you would not have felt sorry for anything. Sure, as ePokerIndexxx said trashtalking can be part of the game, but if you are going to take that approach and act that way, people are going to react to it. Not to mention that you obviously crossed the line of normal poker trashtalk, and to do so in an event associated with Chip Reese is even more insulting.

You need to swallow your pride a little here and give a true apology to the individuals involved in your tirade, not just the fans for seeing you like that, which might affect your sponsors or ability to make money outside of poker in the future.

 
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Krift
10 years ago

Who are you to judge a man after watching a 2 hours tv shows. He got mad and angry or whatever. He didn't act properly but well, everybody make mistakes. You know, remember the last time something or someone got in your way between you and one of the most important thing in your world.

If you can remember how you felt, then you know why Scotty has act like that. It might not be the best way to manage it, but its certainly the human way.

 
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stitlemore
10 years ago

I think that Scotty's behavior was appalling and unexcusable. But, more importantly I blame the WSOP officals for not stopping the behavior and I also blame ESPN for even airing this event. They had plenty of time to edit it and they knew well in advance that this is the way that it would appear on the air. If this is the way that the WSOP wants to be portrayed to the world it justs shows that the WSOP and ESPN do not care about the image of poker and are just in it for money!

 
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domdab
10 years ago

look, trash-talking and drinking are all apart of the game and I certainly don't think they should be eliminated - this is poker, after all! But when rules are bent for TV stars I can't stay quiet. When Phil Helmuth's penalty was reversed before his final table, when Scotty doesn't even get a warning for all the profanity, soft-playing, showing of cards, etc...something is wrong. In one of my WSOP events I saw quite a few "nobodies" receive penalties for much lesser offenses. It's not right and Harrah's has a lot answer to.

 
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Gr1ph1n
10 years ago

With the way that Scotty was acting, he should be calling himself "The Princess of Poker" and not The Prince of Poker. Nuff said...

 
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TRAP_STAR
10 years ago

what happened to my comment? cardplayer mods deleted it?

 
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TRAP_STAR
10 years ago

first CardPlayer hides the details of what happened in the final table in the magazine and now decides to decide what comments they want posted? So much for CardPlayers professional image. Subscription will soon be canceled and BLUFF MAGAZINE has a new customer.

 
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babykahuna
10 years ago

Phil Hellmuth has been getting away with abusive behaviour for years. Now Scotty makes this big mistake and is contrite for it you dont want to give him slack. Matusow and Arieh have also gone out of hand and Devilfish. But what is it about Scotty that you cant forgive. Is it because he speaks funny not like your boy MDM or Eric L? Is it because he looks not like your stereo type of what a hero is. Why is Scotty getting this special treatment? He messed up. He apologized. He said he wont do it again. Get mad at the organizers for letting him break the rules and for Card Player Mag for not exposing it as well. I dont see them apologizing. I bet no one feels worse than Scotty himself..

 
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Jmojax
10 years ago

You know what it boils down to is Scotty knew that he had the stage and everybody was watching... If the officials did say something to him, they knew he was going to blow up even worse....I can hear it now..."Im the Prince of Poker baby, I do what I want" and it would not have stopped. He was on tilt, plain and simple...who hasnt blown up...the only difference is he didnt stop...that little voice inside sober peoples heads says, hey you are acting like an a$$ so just stop...the only thing Scotty heard was I need another cocktail baby...His play was so erratic...he had too many drinks, it was late, he was rubbed wrong by MDM, all these things led to the worst display of sportsman ship and public behavior...but oh well he won the event, the glory...too bad his image is so tarnished now...

 
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seamarfan269
10 years ago

Scotty, I know you are reading these (and you Ryan L.--nice try with the excuses btw, NOT). Yes, you are human. Yes, you made mistakes. Another mistake here by "trying" to apologize and justify your actions. Perhaps more time passing and a different outlet would have been better. Bottom line, I've read 100's of posts by people who love/hate you and are outraged about what ESPN broadcast and WSOP Tourney Directors allowed to happen. As a TD myself, of course, this is the most troubling part of the whole thing for me. Anyway, Scotty, baby, you cannot undo the past. 2007, 2008 or yesterday. Be yourself, be real and let's move past this. Time will heal my friend. Heck, I bet even E-dog might buy ya a beer next year at 2009 WSOP!! (a bit of humor there.) Nuff Said!!

 
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babykahuna
10 years ago

Scotty you lived through hard times. Escaping a war torn country and being in a detention camp only a few know the experience. Coming here with a few words of English and cleaning up everybodys crap we as newcomers do. Once we get ahead and make our millions they hate us. They hate us then. They hate us now. All we can do is to strive to be a good human being and better ourselves and correct our mistakes. Be a Prince

 
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houts
10 years ago

I've read all the remarks on this page.

And I watched the full H.O.R.S.E. event with Scotty's tirade.

Yet, I feel compelled to tell you all to grow up. Live in reality land.

This is poker folks. The true essence, history, and nature of Poker was and is what Scotty presented. This is psychological warfare with verbal attacks and belittling demeanor. I grow weary of individuals, young and old, demand certain actions from "Poker Players".

Before T.V. was recording these fad-ful stars, these sort of tirades occurred frequently with very little repercussion. Why? Because talking IS part of the game. If you can NOT handle someone talking about your mother, your game, what your wearing, or a random swear word, the maybe you should stick to your home games. Keep your Christian ideologies at home and leave the manly sport of competitive games to us.

Deal with it.
Get over it.

He is a "Poker Player".

He is not a president nor your father. He is NOT a role model (thanks Charles!) of any sort.

He is what you make of him. Now, if he wishes to appeal to 'fans' in the poker world, and aim to sell books and other public imaging , then what he did would effect his bottom line: money.

However, he does not thrive on being a 'poker celebrity' as others do, and kiss up, hug, high-five, and demand affection from you sniveling children.

Scotty make money on winning poker. Without his success in this game his fame means nothing and in the end less of the bottom line.
He was at a table playing for 2 million. Because 99 percent of you have no concept of the magnitude and pressure,and prestige, of such, I have to presume your all ignorant of such reactions or behaviors that come with it. Moreso, I doubt you would understand the strategy of approach. And, while Phil is in this group as well, verbal attacks (aka 'tilt') is a known strategy that creates results-sometimes for the good and sometimes for the bad.

Now, go back to your moral and ethical poker tables where you gamble on high ground. What hypocrisy...

 
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