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Bernard Lee initially catapulted into the poker spotlight after finishing 13th in the 2005 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event, becoming the year’s top New England finisher. Featured on ESPN, Bernard was seen as the consummate scholar and gentlemen at the poker table who is passionate about his family. His portfolio of pictures included his kids and wife, which his kissed before each level and every major confrontation. This portrayal left an indelible impression among poker fans and fellow players alike.
Since then, Bernard has enjoyed other worldwide tournament success. In November of 2007, Bernard won the $2,000 No-Limit Hold’em event at the World Poker Finals. This victory earned him two titles in consecutive years as he won the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em event at the 2006 World Poker Finals. Additionally, he has cashed in other World Poker Tour (WPT) and WSOP circuit events including his 4th place finish at the February 2008 WSOP Circuit Main Event and 11th place finish at the 2007 Gulf Coast Poker Championship. With over $1.3 million in career tournament earnings and 91st place finish in 2007 Player of the Year standings, Bernard has established himself as a strong competitor on the tournament circuit.
Since September 2005, Bernard has written the Sunday poker column for the Boston Herald, in which he has taken his readers on a weekly venture through the booming world of tournament poker. Revolving around a critical hand, his column gives readers a glimpse into his intense experiences on the tournament poker circuit. Using real life scenarios, he is able to create understandable lessons that poker players can put to use immediately. In April 2006, Bernard proudly joined the ESPN.com Poker website as a regular columnist. In this column, Bernard highlights his experiences as he journeys through the world of satellite and main event tournament poker. For both, he has garnered rave reviews from his readers. He has also been a guest columnist for several magazines.
Debuting in May of 2007, Bernard hosts the only poker radio show in the Boston metropolitan area. “ The Bernard Lee Poker Show ” incorporates interviews with poker guests including well known players and prominent industry personnel. In addition to current Poker News and related information, Bernard utilizes calls and e-mails from listeners to discuss poker topics and tips. The Boston market has embraced this much needed program. Previous guests have included Joseph Hachem, Chris Moneymaker, Norman Chad, Phil Hellmuth, Sam Farha, Jack Effel, Kirk Morrison, Bill Edler and Scott Clements.
In March of 2008, Lee was the co-commentator, alongside legendary sports announcer Howard David, for the live coverage of the WSOP Circuit Main Event in Atlantic City seen on www.worldseriesofpoker.com. In May of 2008, Lee has been asked to co-commentate for the live coverage of the WSOP Circuit Main Event in New Orleans. Additionally, in May of 2008, Lee will be the lead commentator for the Eastern Poker Tour Championship Tournament seen in New England on Comcast Sports Net.
In June of 2008, Lee will release his first book, The Final Table, Volume 1, which will be a compilation of his Boston Herald columns. With thousands of loyal readers, this highly anticipated book will also include column notes written by Lee. These side notes offer insights and give you more information on the recent history of poker viewed through unforgettable hands that professionals and amateurs can admire and debate.
Bernard was educated in the New England area (Harvard University, BA, MA; Babson College MBA). In addition to his academic studies, Bernard has truly become a student of poker. By reading a variety of poker books, his wife often jokes that by now he should have a PhD in poker. With his ever increasing knowledge, he brought together two of his passions: poker and teaching. Bernard has extensive experience teaching, as he taught high school and college students for almost 10 years.
Pokerwise, Bernard has been teaching poker to private students since 2005, discussing advanced concepts to eager students with the desire to play in larger tournaments such as WPT and WSOP Events. Bernard’s students have been internalizing his training and translating this learning into results on the poker table. At the 2007 Foxwoods Poker Classic, two of Bernard’s students made final tables in two different events: 1st place finish in the $300 Modified No-Limit Hold’em Shoot-out and 7th place finish in the $600 No-Limit Hold’em Event. At the 2008 Foxwoods Poker Classic, four of Bernard’s students cashed in different events, most notably a 4th place finish in the $10,000 main event.
Based on his innate ability to teach, Bernard caught the attention of the WPT Boot Camp. In early 2007, he was proud to join this elite teaching group as an instructor. Since then, he has taught several camps and is trained to teach both tournament and cash strategies.
Bernard currently lives just outside of Boston, Massachusetts with his supportive wife of over eleven years and two beautiful children, ages 5 and 3. He also enjoys competing in several sports (e.g. golf, tennis, running). In addition to completing the Boston Marathon in 1999 and 2000, he has been a Boston Celtics season ticket holder since 1997.