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Playing in the World Series of Poker as an Underqualified Amateur

To my left is Barry Schulman, the owner of CardPlayer magazine, and a professional poker player. At the next table over is Jennifer Harman, considered to be one of the very best limit hold'em players in the world. As the dealer starts flinging the cards around our table, Jennifer stands up. She's just been busted out of the same tournament I'm playing.

I look down at my cards and see pocket queens, the third best hand you can be dealt. I've been waiting for a hand like this for hours.

Amid a field of 675 poker players, the majority of them professionals, and a handful of them famous, only 100 players remain. Improbably, I'm one of them. Luck has a giant part to play in this, of course. If not, I would have been busted out long before Jennifer Harman was. But at the same time, playing for twelve hours with some of the best poker players on earth has given me a lot of confidence. They're better than me, but I've held my own. I'm good enough, at least, to not be totally run over.

$50 Bounty: Submit Evidence of a Game of Wyoming Hold'em

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To get this bounty, all you have to do is send me photo or video evidence of having played this game, as well as a one paragraph description of yourself and/or your experience.

I will mail $50, cash or check, to anyone who submits photo or video evidence proving that they played this game before I get around to playing it myself.

Here are the rules of Wyoming Hold'em, which I made up last week:

In Texas Hold'em there would be a final round of betting, but here no more betting needs occur since everyone can see all of the cards. Hopefully everyone wrote down their hand at the beginning, since now it's impossible to tell who shot which card. Distribute the spoils, then repeat.

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