And to think, none of this would have happened if he had stayed in the Republican primary in the 10th Assembly District. Assembly staffer Paul Hegyi spent his Memorial Day weekend in Las Vegas, outlasting more than 4,000 players in the World Series of Poker’s $1,000 no-limit hold ‘em tournament.  Hegyi’s luck ran out when his pocket 7s didn’t quite hold up against his opponent’s Ace-King, sending Hegyi home from the tournament in 32nd place. The field began with 4,345 players. Hegyi’s run was good for a payout of $15,642. Hegyi, chief of staff to Assemblyman Van Tran, R-Orange, fell victim to a bit of bad luck in his final hand. With only about 10 big blinds left, Hegyi moved all-in with his pocket pair, only to be called by an Ace-King. Hegyi said his opponent wound up hitting a straight on the final card, known in hold ‘em as “the river”, sending Hegyi home after two grueling days of poker. Now, it’s back to his day job as Tran’s top aide as the Assembly prepares to vote on hundreds of bills before this week’s house-of-origin deadline. But he can return knowing he did his Thursday night poker game proud.

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