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Poker's taking over the world

The poker buzz continues to build -- and it shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.

Updated: July 7, 2004, 7:22 AM ET
By Darren Rovell | Page 2

I was waiting by my phone all day to hear back from guys like Phil Hellmuth, Chris Moneymaker and Phil Ivey.

But in my heart, I knew the phone would never ring.

After all, the odds of a top poker player returning your call these days is roughly equivalent to the odds that you'll die from a venomous spider bite. (One out of every 738,585 Americans do, according to the National Safety Council.)

That's how untouchable today's poker players are.

We live in an America ...

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