The Bernard Lee Poker Show (7/14/20): Ron “MacDaddy15” McMillen

By Bernard Lee
July 19, 2020

Ron McMillen

In this episode of The Bernard Lee Poker Show on the Cardplayer Lifestyle Podcast Family, Bernard Lee interviews the 2020 WSOP Online Summer Series Bracelet Winner, Ron “MacDaddy15” McMillen. Better known to his friends as “Mac,” he captured Event #9, the $1,000 no-limit hold’em 6-max, earning $188,214 by emerging victorious in a field of 1,026 entries. During the interview, Ron explains how he got started in poker and how he enjoys coming to Las Vegas, NV, every summer to play in the WSOP. Although he had never played poker online prior to this event, Ron’s buddies encouraged him to come to Las Vegas and play. Twelve hours after starting his first online poker event, Ron became a WSOP bracelet winner with the celebratory moments captured on film.

0:00 Welcome to The Bernard Lee Poker Show as this week’s guest, 2020 WSOP Online Summer Series Bracelet Winner, Ron “MacDaddy15” McMillen.
0:15 During the entire month of July, WSOP.com will be hosting the 2020 Summer Online World Series of Poker awarding 31 bracelets, running one event each day. Additionally, GGPoker will also be awarded 54 bracelets during its own summer series from July 19 through September 6 and released its schedule this past week.
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4:12 Bernard welcomes 2020 WSOP Online Summer Series Bracelet Winner, Ron “MacDaddy15” McMillen.
5:49 Ron joins The Bernard Lee Poker Show.
6:47 Ron talks about how he got started playing poker, back in 1975.
10:39 Ron recalls the different games that he played, such as stud and draw games.
14:08 Ron reminds himself of actions to do when coming out to the WSOP each summer.
15:25 Ron recalls going out to Las Vegas to play in the 2007 WSOP Main Event. Looking back, he realizes that was a mistake and tells his friends not to follow his lead.
18:14 Ron explains how important winning a WSOP bracelet was to him.
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21:33 Bernard continues his interview with 2020 WSOP Online Summer Series Bracelet Winner, Ron “MacDaddy15” McMillen.
22:31 Ron discusses his decision to fly out to Las Vegas from Iowa to play in the WSOP.com Online Summer Series.
23:38 Ron discusses why he hadn’t played poker online prior to this event.
24:51 Ron decides to go to Las Vegas to play online poker and give it a try.
29:20 Ron discusses getting used to playing online including figuring out the amount to bet as he used just the preset amounts. Additionally, Ron talks about playing against certain well-known players.
34:18 Ron recalls making the money and getting deep in Event #9 WSOP Online Summer Series.
39:27 Bernard speaks to Jeff Fielder, WSOP Circuit Main Event champion and friend of Ron, who videoed a huge hand heads-up (see video below). Jeff recalls watching Ron win the bracelet.
43:48 Ron discusses going to Aria to celebrate with Dom Perignon and about eventually being mailed his bracelet.
45:41 Ron doesn’t want to continue playing poker online, but may come back later this month to play WSOP.com.



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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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