Pair drawn to poker

Dan Zogman won 227,811 and the Heartland Poker Tournament title with a pair of fours. In the tournaments final hand of Texas Hold Em, his opponent had a queen and a three, and Zogman had a four and a nine. The flop included a three and a four, giving Zogman the higher pair.

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Sat, August 11th, 2007

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  • FULL OF - Describes a full house. "Fives full of queens" is 5-5-5-Q-Q.
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