Bernard Lee Wins Second Career WSOP Circuit Ring in Nevada

Bernard Lee Wins Second Career WSOP Circuit Ring in Nevada

Bernard Lee is a poker player, writer, media personality and philanthropist who in 2011 established the Full House Charity Program, a voluntary organization which each year grants Christmas wishes for the Boston area’s homeless. In 2007, the all round poker aficionado also launched “The Bernard Lee Poker Show,” a premier radio program that interviews “poker superstars, champions, rising newcomers and prominent industry personnel.”

During his radio hosting duties over the past fortnight, Lee subsequently interviewed two recent World Series of Poker Circuit ring winners, namely Mo Nuwwarah and Drew Amato. Evidently buoyed by the experience of chatting with these champions, Lee then took to the WSOP Circuit himself hoping to win a ring of his own. Lees’s timing couldn’t have been better, either, and after entering the 2018 WSOPC Harveys Lake Tahoe $400 single-day NLHE event, he managed to top a field of 124 players to capture a second career gold ring, as well as a top prize worth $11,456.

Playing Well Right Now

Lee has recorded some promising results this year, having in April finished the WSOPC Council Bluffs $365 One-Day event in 7th place for $1,718, and in May the WSOPC Baltimore $580 NLHE event in 10th place for $1,657. In September, Lee also played four events at the WSOPC Coconut Creek, and despite failing to cash he said that he felt like he had played well during the series.

In October, Lee then turned his attention towards the WSOP Circuit Harveys Lake Tahoe, which got underway in Nevada on the 25th, with thirteen events available during its twelve day run. As he explains:

“The goal was to get a ring. I came here [Harveys Lake Tahoe], and I said, I feel like I’m playing really well right now. Let’s go get this second ring. It happened. The last time I won a ring, I dedicated it to my daughter, Maya. This time, I’ll dedicate this one to my son, Noah.”

WSOPC $400 NLHE Single Day

The WSOPC Harveys Lake Tahoe $400 (single-day) NLHE event featured a $40,920 prize pool, and paid fifteen money spots. After managing to make it past the money bubble, Lee doubled up twice just before the final table to enter the final stretch second in chips to Paula Miller. It would be these two players who would survive to battle it out for the title, with Lee ultimately seeing off his final opponent to claim a well deserved victory.

Bernard Lee lives in Boston with his wife and two children, and as in other tournaments, he carried a lucky photo of his children while competing at the table, and kissed them whenever he was all in.

Final Table Results

1: Bernard Lee $11,456
2: Paula Miller $7,082
3: Michael Tomaselli $5,112
4: Kevin Davis $3,756
5: Mark Threadgill $2,808
6: Jacob Dahl $2,135
7: Paul Zado $1,650
8: Joe Mussat $1,296
9: Joe Grew $1,035

Career Highlights

Bernard Lee was thrust into poker’s limelight after a strong showing at the 2005 WSOP Main Event in which he sailed through to the latter stages of the tournament, and eventually booked a 13th place finish for $400,000. The following year he went on to record another impressive result after taking down the 2006 World Poker Finals Mashantucket $5k NLHE Event for $368,919.

In 2006, Lee also took down the World Poker Finals Mashantucket $2k NLHE event for $239,143, and in 2010 recorded his fourth six figure score following a 3rd place finish at the WSOPC Hammond $10k Regional Championships for $236,368.

On the WSOP Circuit, Lee has booked runner-up finishes at two previous events, including at the 2008 WSOPC Caesars Indiana $1,060 NLHE for $40,237, but in 2014 he claimed his first prestigious ring after winning the WSOPC Lodge Casino $365 NLH Turbo for $14,500. Following his recent result, Lee now boasts $2,366,521 in career earnings.