The Bernard Lee Poker Show 12-16: 2019 WSOP Review w/ Chad Holloway & Robbie Strazynski

In this episode of The Bernard Lee Poker Show on the PokerNews Podcast Network, Bernard Lee is joined by Chad Holloway and Robbie Strazynski, as they review the 2019 World Series of Poker. Initially, they discuss the interesting trends, their favorite moments, and the 2019 Poker Hall of Fame. During the second half of the show, they focus on the 2019 WSOP Main Event and conclude with remembering three poker players that passed away in 2019.

Show Time Stamps

0:00Welcome to The Bernard Lee Poker Show as this week’s guests are Chad Holloway, Head of Live Reporting USA for PokerNews and Robbie Strazynski, Founder of These two gentlemen join Bernard as they review the 2019 WSOP.
1:07Bernard discusses Tiffany Keathley’s victory in the first RunGood Poker Series of the “Game 7” Season, held at the Horseshoe Tunica in Tunica Mississippi. Tiffany beat out a record field of 632 entrants, taking home a first prize of $48,796 and a championship ring.
3:31Bernard welcomes Chad Holloway and Robbie Strazynski to the show.
4:15Both media members join the show.
4:40The trio discusses topics that stood out during the 2019 WSOP. Bernard discusses first-time winners.
6:24Robbie mentions the big numbers including the Big 50 which set a record of 28,371 entries.
7:54Chad recalls the WSOP bracelet winners who added to their jewelry collection by winning another bracelet.
11:24Bernard opens the discussion about the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship. Bernard recalls the incredible elimination of Bryce Yockey by Josh Arieh. Chad is concerned by the lack of growth of the event and Robbie agrees.
16:41Bernard introduces the topic of the Poker Hall of Fame, as the 2019 class saw Chris Moneymaker and David Oppenheim be the latest members inducted. Chad believes that Moneymaker was supported heavily by the media, whereas Oppenheim was voted on by the players. Robbie believes that there needs to be more than two players a year moving forward.
22:39All three consider who they feel should be the next Hall of Famers. Chad feels Michael Mizrachi is a first-ballot Hall of Famer (Mizrachi will turn 40 in 2021). Robbie supports Eli Elezra and Bernard states Matt Savage.
25:07All three mention personal stories from the 2019 WSOP. Robbie recalls Eli winning his 4th bracelet after Robbie helped Eli translate his recently released book. Chad mentions 2019 WSOP bracelet winners, Kevin Gerhart and Loren Klein (winning a bracelet in the last four years). Bernard mentions James Anderson winning the Little One For One Drop and Phil Hellmuth’s 30th anniversary of his epic WSOP Main Event victory. “In researching that story (for ESPN)…in a 36-hour period, I spoke with Phil Hellmuth, Mike Sexton, Lyle Berman, Chris Marlowe, Johnny Chan and Jack Binion.”
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31:12Bernard continues the 2019 WSOP review with Chad Holloway and Robbie Strazynski. During the second half of the show, they discuss the 2019 WSOP Main Event.
31:32They discuss what stood out from the 2019 WSOP Main Event. Bernard mentions the “almost” record of 8,569 players, second only to 2006’s 8,773. He also discusses the first time that players were allowed to buy-in just prior to Day 2.
33:14Robbie mentions that there are still so many stories to be told, especially among the recreational players.
34:33Chad recalls the 2019 WSOP Main Event Day 1c flight that saw Phil Ivey’s quick elimination and two disqualifications. “Within a two-hour window of Day 1c, I saw more wild, crazy things than I’ve seen in ten years of WSOP.”
37:26Robbie recalls some “Earth shaking news” with the earthquake that rocked the WSOP Main Event on Day 1B and Day 1C.
39:34Bernard discusses interesting players that got deep in the 2019 WSOP Main Event including Richard Seymour, Alex Foxen, Allen Kessler (with his first WSOP Main Event cash).
41:20The three discuss the 2019 WSOP Main Event final table and begin discussing 4th place finisher and fan favorite, Garry Gates. Then, Chad recalls information about Alex Livingston and his family. Bernard talks about Dario Sammartino and the 2019 WSOP Main Event champion, Hossein Ensan.
47:51The three talk about three players that passed away during the 2019 year: Kevin Roster, Gavin Smith and Cary Marshall.
53:07Bernard gives a shout out to Jamie Kerstetter for her excellent commentating work during the WSOP Main Event.

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