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The Bernard Lee Poker Show 12-35: 2019 WSOP Main Event Runner-up Dario Sammartino

Hosts:
Bernard Lee @BernardLeePoker
Guests:
Dario Sammartino

In this episode of The Bernard Lee Poker Show on the PokerNews Podcast Network, Bernard Lee interviews 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up Dario Sammartino.

Sammartino had most experience heading into the WSOP Main Event final table. Here, he recalls how he got started in poker and relives his incredible run in the 2019 WSOP Main Event, including his controversial hand with 11 players remaining and especially the final table.

Finally, Sammartino discusses playing heads-up versus Hossein Ensan, resulting in his second-place finish and earning $6 million.

Show Time Stamps

0:00Welcome to The Bernard Lee Poker Show as this week’s guest is 2019 WSOP Main Event runner-up, Dario Sammartino.
0:51Dustin Schoonover captured the WSOP Circuit Main Event in Choctaw over 1065 entries, earning $272,846.
1:43Chance Kornuth leads the WPT Gardens Poker Championship final table. The final six players will return on March 31 in Las Vegas at the HyperX Esports Arena where the winner will win $554,495.[/URL]
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4:14Bernard welcomes Dario Sammartino to the show.
5:36Dario joins the show.
6:36Dario discusses his love for the WSOP Main Event. “It is for sure the best tournament in the world…It’s an amazing experience.”
9:14Dario recalls how he got started in the world of poker playing live and online as a teenager in Naples, Italy.
12:50Dario discusses how he enjoys playing live better than online.
14:46Dario recalls how he felt entering the WSOP Main Event. “I wasn’t really happy about my summer before I play the Main Event…because I wanted to win the bracelet.”
16:17Dario recalls that he was very sick early in the 2019 WSOP Main Event and didn’t get better until heading into Day 6 with 106 players remaining.
20:57Bernard explains the controversial hand with 11 players left. Then, Dario discusses the hand from his perspective.
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25:23Bernard continues his interview with Dario Sammartino, the 2019 WSOP Main Event runner-up.
27:01Dario discusses Day 8, which was Day 1 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event final table, including his thoughts after three players were quickly eliminated.
28:08Dario states that he never uses a strategy before he goes and plays and uses the best strategy at the moment. Thus, he didn’t have a specific strategy entering the 2019 WSOP Main Event final table.
29:40Dario remembers how his poker friends analyzed the final table and gave him lots of information that helped him.
31:13Dario recalls entering Day 2 of the WSOP Main Event final table when he doubles up right away and felt incredible as he was right back in the tournament.
35:44Bernard describes a very interesting hand versus Alex Livingston during Day 3 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event final table.
39:25Dario discusses his heads-up play with Hossein Ensan, the 2019 WSOP Main Event champion. “I was super happy to be heads-up with him because we are friends before the (WSOP) Main Event.”
45:03Dario discusses what he might do with his winnings from the 2019 WSOP Main Event.

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