If you have watched the action on the final table game of Grand Prix de Paris of the World Poker Tour on FSN, you would have seen an illuminating final table with all the action and excitement which is a part of this game. The moment the season for World Poker Tour began, the odds were against the greatest players. With 228 entries into the game, which was to be held in the Aviation Club of Paris, the stage was set for a high stake game with all the show stoppers participating in the game. The event was scheduled the month of September, 2012 and the excitement was piling up.
Paris has always been a city of romance, fun and excitement. If the game of poker is added to it, there is no requirement for spices. With the season XI of World Poker Tour round the corner, the crisp air of the city had the electric current in the air which makes the visit to the city so very adventurous. The selection of the venue also added to the excitement and the prize money was a dream come true for any player.
The total prize pool which was to be distributed amongst the players amounted to €1,624,500 and the final winner would get a whooping sum of €400,000! The hotels of the city were buzzing with excitement and there was no vacancy left in them. The action began to pile up and every player had their vision set on the high stake. History was created when the players of the final table were announced; there was not a single Frenchman in the list! The final table was something to reckon with, it was like an international meet where out of the six players, two belonged to the United States and Germany each, and the other two were from Denmark and Canada.
Professional poker players are consumed and carried away by the game so much that most of them hardly great a good deal of time to enjoy their way of living and lead a good life. But exceptions do exist; Bernard Lee is one of them. Lee has been in the professional circuit along with controlling his profession as a MBA professional having passed out of Harvard University and later with a management administration degree from Babson College. His first impressive feat came up in the year 2005 at the WSOP main event as he finished the tournament with the 13th position in his bag. From here he has made a good impact on the game in the professional poker scenario.
Lee’s impressive feat at the WSOP impressed many as he started writing a column on Sunday poker columns for a national newspaper, Boston Herald. His column have been turned into a book titled The Final Table, Volume I. he has also taken part in writing columns in poker sections of ESPN such as Poker Life. Being offered the poker radio show, the success story of this show was inevitable. His exposure to the media did not affect his playing skills as he kept on dazzling on in the year WTP as he won the $5000 no limit hold’em event and again returned to the 2007 World Poker Finals capturing the $2000 no limit hold’em tournament as well.
Bernard Lee has a total of $1.2 million prize money on his backpack in his entire career in the poker industry. He has also been active in the online poker circuit and has won various events invariably. Keeping beside the profession of poker he has also been teaching business management subjects in high schools and colleges for over a decade. A versatile player at its making; Bernard Lee!
There are a few in this gigantic world who is not made only for the games. There are numerous other works cut out for them. Dan Harrington is one such of them. The original “Action Dan” of the Poker world, he is found out to be more than just the regular poker player. He has even written books based on poker that highlights conservative and tight play. As reported earlier, he still maintains that he has always been in the game of poker for the money, and nothing more interested him. This could be proved true by visiting the various shades to this man.
He proved his versatility in many other things other than being only a card shark, like being a bankruptcy lawyer, a United States chess master, a backgammon champion, an entrepreneur and a stock market lawyer. Dan Harrington had opened a company for loan brokerage called the Anchor Loans. It was a fairly successful company that runs on its own merit and did not have to depend on others. The books written by him had enough material in them for them to be considered as digests to poker success, and even had turned out to be an inspiration to many others all over the world.
His biggest efforts on the table though remain on the big finals of Poker World Series history, in the four finals of the main events. It began in the year 1987, where he reached the finals for the first time and clocking up $ 43700. Next in 1995, he had won the finals of the main event once again and earning $ 1 million this time. In 2004 and 2005, he finished third and fourth respectively and raked in $ 650, 000 and $ 1.5 million. He is one of the five greats to have won a WPT title and a main event.