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The Bernard Lee Poker Show 11-04: Joe Cada, Part 2 & Kelly Minkin

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In this episode of The Bernard Lee Poker Show on the PokerNews Podcast Network, Bernard Lee concludes his two-part interview with Joe Cada, the four-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, including the 2009 WSOP Main Event. Joe discusses his victory in The Closer event at the end of the 2018 WSOP.

Additionally, Lee interviews Kelly Minkin, who was the 2015 GPI Female Player of the Year and also the last woman standing in the 2015 and 2018 WSOP Main Event.

Show Time Stamps

0:00Welcome to The Bernard Lee Poker Show as the show continues its interview with the 2009 WSOP Main Event champion, Joe Cada. During the 2nd half of the show, Lee interviews Kelly Minkin, the 2015 GPI Female Player of The Year and the last woman standing in the 2015 (finishing in 29th place) and 2018 WSOP main event (finishing in 50th place).
1:25Before beginning his interview with Joe Cada, Bernard Lee discusses the poker news. WSOP Circuit wrapped up at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek in Florida and Dmitrii Perfilev outlasted a field of 735 entries to win the WSOP Circuit main event for $222,691.
2:06Erkut Yilmaz wins the WPT Borgata Poker Open Main Event for $575,112.
3:09Three winners at RunGood Old West Poker Series main event at Harrah’s North Kansas City.
4:00Poker Central announces Friday Night Poker, airing on Facebook Watch on Friday nights from 7-11pm EST (on 30-minute delay). Hosts Jeff Platt and Brent Hanks will be Lee’s guests on next week’s show.
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6:20Bernard continues his two-part interview with Joe Cada, four-time WSOP bracelet winner including 2009 WSOP main event champion.
7:58Joe Cada joins the show and discusses whether he will chase WSOP Player of the year. He currently sits in third place in the standings. “I don’t think I’m going to go over the Europe to play for Player of The Year. I think I would have to win another bracelet and I don’t even know if that would put me up there...I’ve never been about chasing titles or Player of The Year.”
8:44Joe primarily plays cash games and online during the year. “The only tournaments I play throughout the year is the WSOP events.”
9:20Joe discusses playing The Closer, busting out on the very first hand of the event and almost didn’t re-enter. However, he then doubled up on the very first hand of his second bullet and he was off and running.
10:58After such an incredible summer, Joe describes that players were once again coming after him. “The target was extremely back on, as every hand I played, no one ever folded. It was helpful getting some hands and over betting a lot of hands and making a lot of chips.”
12:02Joe recalls a crucial double up and began thinking that he might be able to win The Closer. “I just felt so confident at that point the way the last 10 days had been going.”
13:22Joe describes how smoothly the final table of The Closer went for him, including only one hand heads-up.
16:22Bernard and Joe discuss how his game is better today as compared to 2009, but relative to the current players, his game is not much better than the general poker population. “Competition always gets better and you always have to be playing to stay at the top… Back when I was 15 to 21 years old, I was easily in the top ten people online who had played the most hands in the world… But today, I don’t have the same dedication as I did in 2009… But I don’t play nearly as much as I used to play and I know that people are playing that much. I’m not naïve to the fact that there are a lot more better players than me now.”
21:40Joe discusses why he never got into mixed games.
25:00Joe explains why he doesn't want to chase WSOP bracelets causing unnecessary stress in his life.
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27:47Bernard introduces Kelly Minkin, the 2015 GPI Female Player of The Year and the last woman standing in the 2018 WSOP Main Event, repeating the accomplishment she achieved back in 2015.
29:02Kelly Minkin joins the show and discusses the outpouring of support during her deep run in the 2018 WSOP Main Event. “To have that support from people that I knew and that I didn’t know prior, it was awesome.”
33:17Kelly recalls how she organized her poker schedule prior to the WSOP Main Event.
34:44Kelly discusses balancing her work/personal life with playing poker. “I know where I need to be mentally to play my best game, and I just can’t be there if I’m playing 12-hour days, five days a week.”
36:08Bernard asks Kelly how excited she was heading into this year’s WSOP. “I was really excited. Taking the time off really revved up and I was ready to go.”
38:16Kelly discusses the state of woman in poker, especially the ones that continually do well, e.g. Maria Ho and Gaelle Baumann.
40:44Kelly expresses her thoughts on the prospect of a woman making the WSOP main event final table. “I think a deep run (by a woman) would inherently create a poker boom. I think it would be great for the game, not just for women but for people in general just to get excited about the game.”
42:44Kelly discusses her aggressive poker playing style. “It was natural for me to be an aggressive player. When I see a lot of passive play, I just inherently want to fight for (the chips).”
48:21Bernard and Kelly talk about her poker plans are for the rest of 2018.

Let us know what you think of the show - tweet about the podcast using #BernardLeePokerShow, and be sure to follow @BernardLeePoker on Twitter or Instagram. You can follow Joe Cada on Twitter @cada99 and Kelly Minkin on Twitter @The_Illest.

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