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Bret Bielema was playing blackjack at the Wynn Las Vegas three years ago in the early evening when he spotted a smiling blonde, brown-eyed woman wearing a teal tank top, blue jeans and black flip-flops.

He was so intrigued he got up from the table without his chips to walk over and introduce himself. He was in town for an annual University of Wisconsin athletics fundraising event but didn’t tell the woman, Jen, he was the Badgers’ football coach.

He simply told her and the couple she was with that he was from Wisconsin and asked her to join him at the blackjack table. She was visiting Las Vegas for the first time and hadn’t played the game before, but Bielema promised to teach her.

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