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The Bernard Lee Poker Show 11-07: 2018 WSOP-C Champ Heather Alcorn


In this episode of The Bernard Lee Poker Show on the PokerNews Podcast Network, Bernard Lee interviews the 2018 WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana Main Event champion, Heather Alcorn. The most recent WSOP Circuit Main Event winner not only discusses her recent victory, but also reflects on being a professional poker dealer who has dealt the WSOP Main Event final table for the last five years.

Show Time Stamps

0:00Welcome to The Bernard Lee Poker Show as the show interviews Heather Alcorn, who captured the 2018 WSOP Circuit Main Event title at Horseshoe Southern Indiana.
0:50Before beginning his interview with Heather Alcorn, Bernard Lee discusses the poker news. WSOP Europe is underway at King’s Casino in Rozvadoz, Czech Republic. Tamir Segal bested a field with 2,992 entries and eight starting flights to capture the Colossus event and €203,820.
2:30Drew Woodke captured the RunGood Poker Series Main Event at Horseshoe Council Bluffs in Iowa, just outside Omaha, Nebraska in a five-way chop for $25,197. Earlier in the week, Bernard chopped the $180 Deepstack event which had 236 entries for $5,896.
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5:09Bernard introduces Heather Alcorn, the 2018 WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Southern Indiana Main Event champion.
6:50Heather Alcorn joins the show.
8:02Heather explains that she almost didn’t play the Main Event. “I had no intention of playing at all. It was just by accident that I was driving though at the right time and decided to stop and say hi to everybody because I have dealt there before and it was my crew that I normally travel with so I wanted to say hi.”
8:37Heather discusses that she can rarely play since she deals professionally on the Circuit. “I actually started as a player and then once I started dealing, it almost came to a halt. I probably play once or twice a year at most. It’s just so hard to fit in. I don’t usually have time.”
9:33Heather describes how she is comfortable playing in WSOP Circuit events. “Yeah, I’m completely comfortable actually because I know the majority of the players and the dealers and the setting. (The) Poker table is home for me.”
10:04Heather recalls how she first got started dealing poker. “I was playing poker with a friend who offered me a free cruise if I could deal. So, I took a shot.”
11:51Heather describes final tabling Event #7 at Horseshoe Southern Indiana and how she almost couldn’t play due to an illness.
13:19Heather talks about final tabling the next event (Monster Stack Event #8) and deciding to take the winnings and buy into the Main Event. “I felt like I was running good and I should continue it and see what happens.”
13:45Heather recalls playing in the WSOP Southern Indiana Main Event and how everything went well for her. “Once I got into the Main Event, it was like I could do no wrong. And I did do wrong, but it still worked out. It just really went well for me.”
14:46Heather describes how the tournament started as she fired two bullets, one in each flight. “[In Flight B], I started out right away with a big stack and kept it the entire time. It all just fell into place.”
18:04Heather recalls the WSOP Circuit final table and was surprised how quickly it ended. “I was definitely prepared for that (a long grind) and never saw it ending so quickly.”
20:05Bernard describes the crucial hands that Heather played at the final table, including quad jacks.
22:16Heather recalls a couple of moments during the final table when players and dealers were rooting for her to win.
23:14Heather states it was probably a blessing in disguise that her phone had no coverage in the poker room. “Luckily for me, I didn’t have service in the poker room. It was a benefit for me. I had no idea how many people were keeping track and following along as it was happening So, not having that pressure, I think actually really helped me. I was pretty calm considering I had never played for that kind of money. So, had I been getting all of the texts and tweets, who know what could have happened… Afterward, it was pretty overwhelming.”
25:27Bernard asks Heather how she will prepare for the 2019 Global Casino Championship, as she won a seat into the bracelet event with the Main Event victory.
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28:10Bernard continues his interview with Heather, discussing her job as a professional poker dealer and how she got involved with the WSOP Circuit.
29:27Bernard asks if Heather knew some of the big name professional poker players when she started dealing. “As a newbie, you are definitely going to be more nervous than a regular. I was really glad I didn’t know who I was dealing to at the time.”
30:34Heather describes a typical week as a dealer during the WSOP Circuit. “It definitely is a lot of work. If it wasn’t so much fun and if I didn’t enjoy it so much, obviously it would make it a little more difficult. The days go by pretty quickly.”
32:04Heather describes working the summer at the WSOP in Las Vegas. “It’s kind of like the Super Bowl of Poker. You’re excited to be there and excited to be involved… I’ve become friends with so many pros that it’s exciting to watch them play and deal to them at a final table because I feel like I’m a part of them winning a bracelet. I really, really enjoy it. So taking days off are very few and far between, but most of the time, that is my preference.”
33:44Heather discusses some of the things she doesn’t like the players doing while she is dealing. “Antes. Antes are such a pain in the butt. Not only getting them out there, but also, putting them in close enough for the dealers to reach.”
36:21Heather explains how the dealers are chosen to deal the WSOP Main Event final table on ESPN.
37:02Bernard asks Heather what her top three moments dealing at the last five WSOP Main Event final tables.
38:39Heather recalls dealing the William Kassouf vs. Griffin Benger hand during the 2016 WSOP Main Event. “It blew up so quickly and was just so big that it was such a shock. But it was very entertaining obviously.”
39:36Heather discusses additional history with William Kassouf after that iconic hand from the 2016 WSOP main Event, where Heather busted him again the next time she dealt to him at 2017 Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure.
41:55Heather explains the issues and differences when you deal the WSOP Main Event final table.
43:35Bernard asks Heather about her poker dealer school, Poker Life Dealer Academy. Heather has three or four classes per year, preparing dealers to travel across the country and also helping them understand all aspects of a dealer’s life.
47:27Heather describes how here two sons react to seeing her on ESPN and winning the tournament. “They thought I was the cool mom because I was on TV.”

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