At World Series of Poker, Ladies' Event Struggles to Keep Out Men

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A few gentlemen cardsharps among the hundreds of thousands who turn out for the annual World Series of Poker in Las Vegas have crashed the ladies-only event over the years, usually citing anti-discrimination laws. Some did so mistakenly thinking it wouldn’t be a big deal, only to be met with loud heckling and jeers. Others aimed to grab attention. At least one man stirred up controversy and ire by showing up to play in drag.

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