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I showed up at 11:30, met Patti, Sabyl, and a couple of friends at the coffee shop, borrowed Patti's hat, had them adjust my necklace and apply makeup, posed for photos with supportive and enthusiastic ladies at a couple of nearby tables who were also playing that afternoon, walked to the Amazon room, and promptly got pulled aside and kicked out by Jeffrey Pollack, Commissioner of the World Series of Poker.

I'm honestly surprised by this - as I told Jeff, I've never heard of anyone being denied entry to a poker tournament, including ladies events, on the basis of sex. He claims that "in the 31-year history of the World Series of Poker ladies event, no man has ever played." I asked if he was not concerned about the sex discrimination aspects of this decision. "Not at all. Men are not a protected class."

He talked about how they treat this event very seriously - "as do I, sir" - and about the importance of protecting "the integrity of the game." I'm not sure what my penis has to do with the integrity of the game. He asked if I could understand his point of view. "I don't accept it, and I don't believe it's right. But you're the boss, and if you say I can't play, then I can't play."

I'm disappointed and annoyed that I can't play, since I expected to have more fun in this event than perhaps any other in the WSOP, and I'd really love to win the bracelet. C'est la vie. I don't know whether or not they have the legal right to discriminate in this way, but I'm not going to make a big fuss. I don't care enough to fight it, and I have too much to lose to risk Harrah's blacklisting me and preventing me from playing future WSOP events.

Maybe I'll have better luck in the WSOP Negro World Championship. Oh, wait, they don't have that. They wouldn't even dream of running that. Hmmmmm.

At least I got a nice outfit out of the experience. Photos later.

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