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By Andrew Christiansen

Local man going to World Series of Poker


Andrew Christiansen

WINNING CARDS: Rob Gaston shows the pair of jacks, his hole cards that won the final hand in Ellensburg and sends him to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

Good timing—and $45 he was willing to part ways with—has landed Goldendale native Robert (Rob) Gaston into the World Series of Poker competition in Las Vegas.

Gaston came out on top of a poker tournament in Ellensburg which paid his $10,000 entry into the World Series of Poker plus $1,000 cash to cover his expenses to compete in the week-long event.

Gaston was just a lucky passer-by. The 52-year-old, single, retired former solar business owner travels around in his RV, playing poker nearly every chance he gets. About a month ago he happened into a casino in Ellensburg just in time to join in on a game with 40 competitors. He won his flight and made it to the final round. He says he ...

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