From immigration 'cage' to newest poker champ at Hard Rock. An Afghan refugee's luck turns

MIAMI — The hard luck life of a refugee from Afghanistan whose father was killed in a bombing there took a considerable turn recently because of a missed flight and a pair of cards. Ilyas Muradi, who just over a year ago was behind bars in solitary confinement after federal immigration agents determined his residency card had expired, waded through a field of more than 1,500 players to win the World Poker Tour’s first post COVID-19 Texas Hold ’em poker tournament at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino earlier this week. His haul: $620,000. Reached Thursday, Muradi said it’s hard to explain h…

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