The Bernard Lee Poker Show (2/18/20): Greg Raymer, 2004 WSOP Main Event and five-time HPT champion

By Bernard Lee
February 21, 2020

Greg Raymer

In this episode of The Bernard Lee Poker Show on the Cardplayer Lifestyle Podcast Family, Bernard Lee interviews 2004 WSOP Main Event and now five-time Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) champion, Greg Raymer. Last month, Greg made history by becoming the first player to win the five HPT Main Events, when he captured the HPT Ameristar East Chicago. Of course, Greg also famously emerged from a field of 2,576 players to capture the 2004 WSOP Main Event bracelet.

0:00 Welcome to The Bernard Lee Poker Show as this week’s guest will be the 2004 WSOP Main Event champion, Greg Raymer.
0:13 Isaac Kempton captured the WSOP Circuit Main Event at the Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa, Florida. The 22-year old outlasting a field of 1,162 entries and taking home $290,974.
1:35 The RunGood Poker Series has an event in California for the first time at the Jamul Casino in the San Diego area.
3:31 RunGood Gear Ad
4:15 Bernard welcomes Greg Raymer to the show.
5:14 Greg joins the show.
5:36 Greg reminisces about capturing the 2004 WSOP Main Event 16 years ago. and discusses the famous fossil card protector.
9:00 Greg discusses the background story of his holographic glasses and why he wore them. Now, he wears Blue Shark Optics sunglasses.
15:28 Greg discusses the unique Day 1 WSOP Main Event “bubble” including players contemplating folding every hand on Day 1.
20:28 Greg remembers his 2012 HPT Player of the Year run, where he almost didn’t play the first HPT Main Event that he won.
32:20 Share My Pair Ad
32:52 Bernard continues his interview with 2004 WSOP Main Event and now five-time HPT champion, Greg Raymer.
33:41 Greg remembers his recent HPT Ameristar East Chicago victory, earning $171,411.
36:19 Greg discusses his Hendon Mob analysis of his final table opponents and how to interpret his analysis.
44:02 Greg compliments his heads-up opponent, Evan Bethyo, who he felt played well.
48:47 Greg talks about his schedule and plans, but states that it is not booked out very far in advance.


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Bernard Lee is a professional poker player who has more than $2.5 million and ten titles since turning pro following his 13th finish in the 2005 WSOP Main Event. Recognized as “the voice of poker in New England” by Cardplayer.com, Lee is known worldwide as a poker media personality having written for ESPN.com, PokerNews, Card […]


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