The Bernard Lee Poker Show (7/6/21): Poker Hall of Famer Jack Binion

By Bernard Lee
July 08, 2021


Jack Binion

In this episode of The Bernard Lee Poker Show on the Cardplayer Lifestyle Podcast Family, Bernard Lee interviews Former President of Binion’s Horseshoe and 2005 Poker Hall of Famer, Jack Binion.

During the interview, Jack regales us with his memorable stories and recalls the creation of the WSOP, first beginning in 1970. In addition to speaking about the WSOP, Jack also remembers legendary players and personalities such as Johnny Moss, Doyle Brunson, Stu Ungar, Jack Strauss, Eric Drache, Chip Reese, Scotty Nguyen, Johnny Chan and Phil Hellmuth.

This interview is one of my favorites and most memorable of all-time.

0:00Welcome to The Bernard Lee Poker Show as this week’s guest is Former President of Binion’s Horseshoe and 2005 Poker Hall of Famer, Jack Binion.
1:28Andrew Moreno captures the 2021 Wynn Millions over a field of 1,328 entries, taking home over $1.4 million. Andrew will be our guest next week on The Bernard Lee Poker Show.
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4:38Bernard welcomes Jack Binion to the show.
5:18Jack joins the show
6:20Jack talks about bringing together the players for the first WSOP in 1970 and the evolution of the WSOP Main Event.
10:19Jack recalls first publicity the WSOP received from the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Also, Amarillo Slim was a great ambassador for WSOP.
13:00Jack discusses the legend of Doyle Brunson, then and today.
16:10Jack recalls that players wouldn’t play in tournaments “back in the day” for a variety of reasons.
18:06Jack remembers the legend of Stu Unger, including his proficiency in gin.
24:10Jack talks about Jack Strauss and the “Chip and Chair” story.
27:17Jack praises Eric Drache, former WSOP tournament director, Poker Hall of Famer and creator of the poker tournament satellite.
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30:22Bernard continues his interview with Jack Binion, Former President of Binion’s Horseshoe and 2005 Poker Hall of Famer.
31:24Jack discusses Johnny Chan and his power prowess.
32:46Jack reminisces about 1989 WSOP Main Event, which was the year Phil Hellmuth captured the title and how this victory changed Hellmuth’s life.
40:00Jack explains how the internet and the hole card camera changed poker forever.
43:28Jack recalls Stu Ungar’s 1997 WSOP Main Event victory and Scotty Nguyen’s 1998 victory.
45:49Jack talks about the longevity of poker players.
46:50Jack talks Doyle Brunson and Chip Reese as the best poker players he knew.
49:05Jack tries to fill out his poker Mount Rushmore.
50:28Jack talks about the WSOP being bought by Harrah’s (now Caesars).
51:30Jack talks about his time working with Wynn in Macau.

Jack Binion



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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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