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Stephen Peppin of Willmar, center, plays in the 2011 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Peppin played in a no-limit hold 'em event from June 21 to 23 and placed 48th. (Submitted photo courtesy of Stephen Peppin)

Willmar, Minn., man places 48th in recent World Series of Poker event in Vegas


WILLMAR -- When he's not cutting hair or with the family, he's sitting at a poker table waiting for the perfect hand.

Stephen Peppin, owner of Pep's Sports Barber Shop and Salon on First Avenue in Willmar, placed 48th recently in the 2011 World Series of Poker.

The 42nd annual tournament included 1,734 international players, and Peppin was one of the last 10 Americans to be eliminated after three 10-hour days.

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