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Archive: June, 2013

POSTED: Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 12:16 PM
Players enjoy the game at the March Deaf Poker Tour at the Taj Mahal. Below, tournament founders (from left) Nathan Montoya, Jarrod Musano, James Rydstrom, Andy Foster, Alok Doshi and Joey Seifner. (CHAYA SELZERTATE TULLIER)

Forgive me for going all Hyman Roth on you (and forgive me if you don't get the "Godfather II" reference), but nowhere in Atlantic City is there a plaque dedicated to Phil Roura.

It was on June 25, 1993--20 years ago today--that Roura earned a tiny place in Atlantic City history when he won the first legal hand of poker ever dealt there.

If you're wondering how I know that, believe me, it is forever etched in my memory, for it was me who Roura beat to win that historic hand. But let's start at the beginning.

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Philly native Chuck Darrow has literally covered Atlantic City’s casino scene since Day One: He was there on assignment the night in November 1976 when voters approved legalized casinos.

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