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The Young and the Ruthless

Participating in the World Poker Tour Tournament at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas in May was David Williams, who was eliminated on the first day. (Gary Friedman / LAT)
World Poker Tour Tournament participant Tuan Le is such a big gambler that the Bellagio Hotel comped him this suite for his stay. (Gary Friedman / LAT)
World Poker Tour Tournament player Tuan Le takes stock during the competition. (Gary Friedman / LAT)
Phil Laak concentrates while playing during the World Poker Tour Tournament at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas in May. (Gary Friedman / LAT)
Phil Laak, known as the “Unabomber,” takes in the play as a participant at the World Poker Tour Tournament in Las Vegas last May. (Gary Friedman / LAT)
Tuan Le plays in a “Battle of Champions,” which includes winners of tournaments in season 3 of the World Poker Tour Tournament. Tuan Le won two events during season 3. (Gary Friedman / LAT)
Phil Laak holds his chips as he participates in the World Poker Tour Tournament at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas last May. (Gary Friedman / LAT)
Tuan Le continues in a “Battle of Champions,” which pits an elite group of winners from previous tournaments against each other. (Gary Friedman / LAT)
Hands are dealt at the World Poker Tour Tournament, held at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas from May 23-26. (Gary Friedman / LAT)
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