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A Taste of Texas
The university is a good 2,000 miles from Texas, but a hot new trend on
the campus is bringing the Lone Star state a little closer.
When people gathered around a poker table, arguments used to erupt
over what variation of the gambling game should be played, but now there
is only one god of poker, and its name is Texas Hold ‘em.
In dorms, fraternity houses and Knox Boxes, people are gathering
around the poker tables several times a week and ponying up cash for a
chance at doubling their beer money.
"It’s a nice chance for guys to hang out, relax and shoot the s—,"
said Ben Supowit, a senior accounting major.
Texas Hold ‘em has enjoyed something of a renaissance lately, aided
by the popularity of the movie Rounders, and ESPN’s airing of the World
Series of Poker, the granddaddy of poker tournaments.
Since ESPN began televising the $2.5 million tournament, students
have been flocking to the table to try their hand at the game.
"People watch the tournament and think they know how to play just
because they watched the tournament two or three times," said Justin
Berlin, a senior sociology major who has been playing since high school.
Back then, he said, it was hard to find people who knew how to play
the game. Now it seems they’re everywhere.
For those who don’t have the $10,000 buy-in for the World Series,
though, a plethora of tournaments are popping up on campuses across the
country, as well as here at the university. Jewish student group Hillel
recently held a charity Hold ‘em tournament that drew more than 100
Online gaming has also contributed to the recent success of Texas
Hold ‘em. Websites such as CollegePokerChampionship.com and
PartyPoker.com offer students a chance to play poker when there isn’t a
group of people handy.
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