At the beginning of May, Bernard Lee announced that he would be celebrating the eighth anniversary of his radio show, The Bernard Lee Poker Show, by giving away a World Series of Poker $777 Lucky Sevens No-Limit Hold'em event that will take place starting Friday, July 3. Now, it has been announced that two players will receive a seat to the event.
"I am extremely excited to be able to make these players' dreams a reality," Lee said in a press release. "Nothing can compare with the experience of playing in a WSOP bracelet event. I know this is an adventure both players will always remember."
The two seats awarded come as part of 20 prizes that Lee gave away during his anniversary celebration, and the winners are Brett Mueller, 27, and Jay Philips, 38. Mueller is from Cincinnati, Ohio, where he is a Commercial Account Executive for Tyco Integrated Security. Phillips is from East Bethel, Minnesota, where she is CEO and President of Project Realms.
"I am thrilled to be chosen for such an incredible experience and cannot wait to arrive at the World Series of Poker," Mueller said. "I would like to personally thank Bernard Lee and all the sponsors for their joint effort in making dreams come true."
"I'm super excited to have been selected for The Bernard Lee Poker Show contest," Phillips said. "I'm also excited to participate in the Blaycation experience, which provides an all-around WSOP experience. I've been to Vegas quite a few times but have never been able to attend at this level, where you get to play and a full tour of the event."
After signing on as spokesperson for Blaycation at the end of March, Lee helped host several poker-playing members in Las Vegas during the $565 Colossus event. In conjunction with Blaycation and his radio show, Lee originally planned to give away one $777 Lucky Sevens No-Limit Hold'em seat, but then The One Step Closer Foundation offered to donate a second seat.
"Bernard has been a loyal supporter of The One Step Closer Foundation for years," said Jacob Zalewski, the foundation's president and CEO. "Our foundation makes dreams come true for those individuals who are living with Cerebral Palsy. With our upcoming poker charity event, we felt it would be perfect to provide a WSOP buy-in for an individual to fulfill their poker dreams."