The Bernard Lee Poker Show 12-17: 2019 WSOP Big 50 champ, Femi Fashakin

In this episode of The Bernard Lee Poker Show on the PokerNews Podcast Network, Bernard Lee interviews 2019 World Series of Poker Big 50 champion, Femi Fashakin, earning $1,147,449 for his victory. For its 50th Anniversary, the WSOP held this special $500 re-entry event, which brought together 28,371 entrants, making it the largest live poker tournament in history. The 2019 WSOP Big 50 eclipsed the previous tournament record, the 2015 Inaugural WSOP Colossus, which had 22,374 entries. Femi discusses his poker background, the Big 50 tournament and also playing in his home league, Slum Donkey based in Florida.

Show Time Stamps

0:00Welcome to The Bernard Lee Poker Show as this week’s guest is 2019 WSOP Big 50 winner Femi Fashakin.
1:14Justin Carey wins his second WSOP Circuit ring in the $1,700 WSOP Circuit Main Event at Foxwoods for $143,293, denying Maurice Hawkins his 14th WSOP Circuit ring.
2:11Blair Hinkle captures his second RunGood Poker Series Main Event title, this time at Grand Casino Resort in Shawnee, Oklahoma. With a field of 314 entries, Blair took home $35,985.
3:28RunGood Gear Ad
4:42Bernard welcomes Femi Fashakin to the show.
5:37Femi joins the show.
6:36Femi looks back at his historic win at the 2019 WSOP Big 50. “I look back and just wonder how I achieved that. It’s just an incredible story, going through that amount of players. It’s unbelievable.”
7:55Femi explains how he got started in poker by being invited to a poker game back in 2011 and how that just continued his interest in poker including playing with his group called the Slum Donkey Poker.
11:33Femi recalls discussing poker with his roommate and how it improved his game. Also, Femi discusses playing hands in creative ways.
16:03Femi remembers that most of the players in his bracelet picture were from his poker group, Slum Donkey Poker.
16:58Femi discusses playing the Big 50 over five days allowed him to play poker continually and become “unconscious competence.”
19:32Bernard explains that there were incredibly over 1.4 billion chips were in play and a $13.5 million prize pool for the Big 50, which was just a $500 buy-in event.
20:41Femi recalls playing Day 4 of the 2019 WSOP Big 50. “That was the day I had the most fun. The game changed…But by Day 4, it was more like a strategic day.”
24:41Bernard and Femi remember some key hands during the end of Day 4 of the 2019 WSOP Big 50.
31:48Las Vegas Laundry Services Ad
32:48Bernard continues his interview with Femi Fashakin, 2019 WSOP bracelet winner
35:14Femi discusses the final table of the 2019 WSOP Big 50 and the advantage of having the chip lead. “I had a little more protection that the other players.”
38:56Femi recalls playing and preparing to play in the Thunderdome at the WSOP. “It was just different under the lights…It gets very hot (when I played on Day 4) so I wore a lighter jacket or tee shirt (for Day 5).
40:32Femi discusses his strategy entering the 2019 WSOP Big 50 final table.
45:28Femi remembers the key hand when he doubled up as the short stack to propel him to the win. “When I was short-stacked, that was just pure running good.”
47:30Femi reveals that his friends were watching the livestream and how he used the information he received.
51:29Femi discusses his poker plans for the rest of the 2019.

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