The Bernard Lee Poker Show (7/7/20): Eli Elezra

By Bernard Lee
July 10, 2020

Eli Elezra

In this episode of The Bernard Lee Poker Show on the Cardplayer Lifestyle Podcast Family, Bernard Lee digs into his extensive podcast archive to interview four-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, Eli Elezra. In February of 2019, Bernard discussed with Eli how he got started playing poker including his first Las Vegas trips. Also, Eli discusses his autobiography, Pulling The Trigger, which was translated from Hebrew to English by Cardplayer Lifestyle founder, Robbie Strazynski, who joins the interview.

The Bernard Lee Poker Show will be giving away two copies of Eli Elezra’s autobiography during this week. Follow Bernard (@BernardLeePoker) on Twitter to be eligible to win one of these prizes.

0:00 Welcome to The Bernard Lee Poker Show with this week’s guest, four-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, Eli Elezra.
1:09 During the entire month of July, WSOP.com will be hosting the 2020 Summer Online World Series of Poker awarding 31 bracelets, one event each day.
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4:57 Bernard welcomes four-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, Eli Elezra (NOTE: Eli captured his fourth bracelet the summer after this interview).
5:37 Eli joins The Bernard Lee Poker Show.
6:34 Eli describes how he got started in the world of poker.
8:21 Eli recalls the old school Las Vegas casinos including the Stardust and The Mirage.
12:12 Eli talks about how and when the high stakes poker games in Las Vegas moved to The Bellagio.
14:45 Eli reminisces about the great old school poker players: the late Chip Reese and Doyle Brunson.
21:40 Eli talks about other players, such as Barry Greenstein, Gus Hansen and Phil Ivey, whom he feels helped improve his game.
22:11 Eli remembers when Chip Reese dubbed Phil Ivey “the next greatest player.” Eli says that only two players intimidated him at the poker table: The late, great Stu Ungar and Phil Ivey.
24:08 Eli discusses his confidence in his mixed game ability and states that winning the $50,000 WSOP Poker Players Championship would be his ultimate dream bracelet.
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31:14 Bernard continues his interview with four-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Eli Elezra, and also welcomes Robbie Strazynski to the show.
31:51 Eli discusses how the idea to write his autobiography, Pulling The Trigger, came together.
35:12 Robbie recalls how he became involved with translating Eli’s autobiography from Hebrew to English.
38:40 Eli describes an interesting section of his book, including the four years he spent in the Israel Defense Forces, specifically his tour of duty during the first Lebanon War, in which he was almost killed twice.
40:59 Robbie describes the process of translating the book, including translating poker-specific words.
43:39 Bernard reveals that he will be giving away two copies of Pulling The Trigger, during the week. You must FOLLOW AND RETWEET Bernard’s tweets during the week to have a chance to win.

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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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