The Bernard Lee Poker Show (3/17/20): Chad Holloway & Tana Karn

By Bernard Lee
March 20, 2020

Chad Holloway & Tana Karn

In this episode of The Bernard Lee Poker Show on the Cardplayer Lifestyle Podcast Family, Bernard Lee devotes the show to how the world of poker has been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. First, Bernard interviews Chad Holloway of PokerNews as they discuss the multiple tournament series that have been postponed or cancelled across the globe. Then, Bernard talks with Tana Karn, President of RunGood Poker Series and his decision to postpone his next stop of the RGPS at Bossier City. Additionally, Tana relives the situation at Tulsa Hard Rock during the postponement of the WSOP Circuit midway during the series.

0:00Welcome to The Bernard Lee Poker Show as this week’s guests will be Chad Holloway of PokerNews and Tana Karn, President RunGoodGear and RunGood Poker Series as they discuss the effects of the Coronavirus on the world of poker.
3:30The 10 remaining players out of a field of 290 entries in the Shooting Star Bay 101 decided to chop the prizepool due to the Coronavirus. Craig Varnell was the chip leader and took home $159,710.
5:14RunGood Gear Ad
5:57Bernard welcomes Chad Holloway of PokerNews to the show.
6:37Chad joins the show, discussing the fallout on the poker world during the month of March and April due to the Coronavirus and how quickly it all changed.
13:36Bernard talk about how poker is a germ-filled situation and can easily lead to the spread of the Coronavirus.
16:15Chad talks about a column he wrote for PokerNews that continually is updating players about poker series postponements and cancellations.
21:17Chad discusses his thoughts on how long this will last and the future repercussions on the poker industry.
25:46Chad discusses the increased numbers in online poker due to the Coronavirus. Bernard and Chad also discuss being wary of playing on unregulated sites in the U.S.
30:35Chad discusses thoughts about the 2020 WSOP.
35:01Share My Pair Ad
36:22Bernard welcomes Tana Karn, President RunGoodGear and RunGood Poker Series and congratulates him on winning Global Poker Award Mid Major Circuit/Series of the Year for the second year in a row.
38:11Tana discusses his decision to cancel the RGPS Horseshoe Bossier City which was scheduled to begin at the end of March 2020.  Additionally, Tana is having discussions about future events and cancellations.
46:42Tana recalls the recent WSOP Circuit at Hard Rock Tulsa where he was helping with the media.  Tana remembers how the players were reacting prior to the cancellation and the discussions that led to the cancellation midway through the series.
51:26Bernard and Tana discuss how younger generation needs to take heed of the warnings of the CDC and government and practice social distancing.
Tana Karn and Chad Holloway

Image credits: Haley Hochstetler and Drew Amato



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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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