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Did you know... that Bruce Hershenson, owner of, won a World Series of Poker event?

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Added: 10/31/2011
Did you know... that Bruce Hershenson, owner of, won a World Series of Poker event?
Above: Bruce winning that 1979 event (he is being congratulated by his poker mentor, Tommy Hufnagle, who was one of the most famous high limit players of that era).
     It is true! Back in the late 1960s Bruce was one of the foremost dealers in the then brand-new comic book collecting hobby (and he published the very first authorized full-color reprints of classic comic books!), but then in 1972 he happened to go to Las Vegas (even though he was only 19) and he was "bitten" by the poker bug, and late that year he dropped out of college, moved to Vegas and became a pro poker player (at that time there were likely no more than 100 others doing the same thing).
     By 1976 his winnings were enough to generate a good living, so he sold out all of his remaining comic book inventory so he could devote all his time to playing poker. He did not play in tournaments (too much luck required, he felt, and you could not quit, but had to play to the end). But friends and relatives elsewhere were starting to hear of the World Series of Poker, and he was often asked why he didn't play in those, and in 1979, "Amarillo Slim" started a competing "Super Bowl of Poker" and Bruce played in the 7 Card Stud event in that first one, and he won!
     Two years later, in 1981 he won the 7 Card Razz event at the World Series of Poker, and he received the solid gold bracelet all winners there are given. The following year, growing weary of poker after ten solid years of playing it almost every day, Bruce left Las Vegas, and he returned on just a few occasions over the next 5 years to play some poker, but in 1987 he stopped playing entirely, and he has not played any poker for the past 24 years (but in 2012, when it will be 25 years since he last played poker, Bruce intends to return to Las Vegas and once again enter the World Series of Poker (and be kind of like a George Foreman of the poker world)!

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