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The Bernard Lee Poker Show 12-25: Timothy Su, Eighth in 2019 WSOP Main Event

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Timothy Su

In this episode of The Bernard Lee Poker Show on the PokerNews Podcast Network, Bernard Lee interviews 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event eighth-place finisher, Timothy Su.

Timothy describes how he got started in poker and how the 2019 WSOP Main Event was the first time he played in the “Big One.” He also discusses his other passions including StarCraft 2 and playing the oboe. Currently, he is a full-time software engineer and plays poker as a hobby.

During the second half of the interview, Timothy relives his incredible run including several crucial hands in the 2019 WSOP Main Event, especially on Day 5 when he ended up as the chip leader with 106 players remaining. Amazingly, he had over 7 million more chips than the player in the second-place position after Day 5 and was still in third place as Day 6 concluded.

Then, Timothy talks about reaching the Main Event final table, which resulted in his eighth-place finish for $1.25 million.

Show Time Stamps

0:00Welcome to The Bernard Lee Poker Show as this week’s guest is 2019 WSOP Main Event 8th-place finisher, Timothy Su.
0:30The WSOP Europe continues at King’s Resort Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic.
1:22King’s Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik beat Phil Ivey heads-up to capture the WSOP bracelet and over $1 million.
1:59Ravi Raghavan captured the WSOP Circuit Main Event at Horseshoe Hammond just outside Chicago, IL over a field of 1,063 entrants and took home $272,322.
2:40The RunGood Poker Series heads to Downstream Casino near Joplin, Missouri.
3:39RunGood Gear Ad
4:22Bernard welcomes Timothy Su to the show.
5:03Timothy joins the show.
5:15Timothy states that this was his first WSOP Main Event. “It seems much more real in the moment when I was playing it.”
7:56Timothy reveals that he hosts a dealer choice home game. “I think part of the thing that just keeps me on my toes in poker is being exposed to something new and being forced to deal with new concepts and learning it.”
10:39Timothy explains why he decided to go play in the 2019 WSOP Main Event. “I guess I mostly went because my buddy was playing in the Main Event too.”
12:09Timothy describes activities such as StarCraft 2 and playing the oboe that he obsessed over and enjoyed doing.
16:06Timothy recalls his initial obsession with poker during his junior year (Fall of 2015/Spring of 2016) in college at Northeastern University. “This is something I like and with things I like, I don’t want to suck at them, so how do I get better…(I did) as much reading as I can, troving on 2+2, talking hands with a bunch of people...the whole journey at how do I improve at poker.”
19:35Timothy describes how and why he chose to become a software engineer.
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24:39Bernard continues his interview with Timothy Su.
25:44Timothy summarizes his incredible run at the 2019 WSOP Main Event. “I essentially had top ten percent or was even chip leading…I remember Day 5 going into Day 6, I almost had double what second place had (in chips).”
27:15Bernard and Timothy discuss a massive cooler set over set hand versus Igor Kurganov on Day 3.
35:58Bernard and Timothy discuss another massive hand, this time versus Brian Yoon on Day 5.
38:04Bernard and Timothy discuss the massive hand versus high stakes player, Sam Greenwood on Day 6, eliminating him in 45th place.
44:48Bernard and Timothy discuss a massive pot versus the eventual champion, Hossein Ensan on Day 7.
51:09Timothy reveals his thought process entering the 2019 WSOP Main Event.
52:08Timothy discusses his future in poker. “I’ll contemplate playing more events, definitely not bigger at least for right now…It’s a fine balance between enjoying myself and playing casually versus playing it too much where I no longer derive that much enjoyment out of it. I’m not sure how much the frequency will go up, but I’ll definitely do my best to just go out there and play.”
53:23Timothy reveals his most memorable moment of the 2019 WSOP Final Table process.

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