POR Donna Gardneri March 22, 2009

Head of the Table

GROWING UP IN Nebraska, Donna Gardner, center, would stop by her grandmother’s home on the way home from grade school. Grandma would make a pot of tea and the two would while away the hours playing games like Go Fish and Hearts. Today, Gardner has traded in games like Go Fish for Texas Hold ’Em, a game she has come to master, even when playing at the big table with the big boys.



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GROWING UP IN Nebraska, Donna Gardner, center, would stop by her grandmother’s home on the way home from grade school. Grandma would make a pot of tea and the two would while away the hours playing games like Go Fish and Hearts. Today, Gardner has traded in games like Go Fish for Texas Hold ’Em, a game she has come to master, even when playing at the big table with the big boys.

People notice when Donna Gardner enters the room. That may be because the 76-year-old woman with a head of carefully coiffed white hair poised above her small stature is likely to beat them at…




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