Dario Sammartino

In this episode of The Bernard Lee Poker Show on the Cardplayer Lifestyle Podcast Family, Bernard Lee replayed his interview with the 2019 WSOP Main Event runner-up, Dario Sammartino. The Italian poker pro discussed how he got started in poker and remembered his memorable deep run in last year’s 2019 WSOP Main Event. Dario explained the controversial hand with 11 players remaining and his heads-up battle versus the eventual champion, Hossein Ensan. In the end, his second-place finish earned him $6 million.

0:00 Welcome to The Bernard Lee Poker Show as this week’s guest is the 2019 WSOP Main Event runner-up, Dario Sammartino.
0:44 Ryan Leng outlasted 942 entries to capture the $525 WSOP Circuit Main Event on WSOP.com for his 4th WSOP Circuit ring for $113,040.
1:54 The no-limit $200/$400 heads-up battle between Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk is underway.
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5:25 Bernard welcomes Dario Sammartino to the show.
6:47 Dario joins the show.
7:46 Dario talks about his love for the WSOP Main Event.
10:25 Dario remembers how he got started playing poker live and online as a teenager in Naples, Italy.
14:01 Dario talks about how he enjoys playing live poker better than online.
15:58 Dario recalls how he felt entering the 2019 WSOP Main Event.
17:28 Dario recalls he was very sick early in the 2019 WSOP Main Event and didn’t get better until entering Day 6, which had only 106 players remaining.
22:07 Bernard explains the controversial hand with 11 players left during the 2019 WSOP Main Event. Then, Dario discusses the hand from his perspective.
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26:36 Bernard continues his interview with the 2019 WSOP Main Event runner-up, Dario Sammartino.
28:14 Dario recalls Day 1 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event final table (which was technically Day 8).
29:21 Dario discusses that he never formulates a strategy before he plays and he didn’t have a specific strategy entering the 2019 WSOP Main Event final table.
30:51 Dario tells Bernard how his poker friends helped him analyze the final table.
32:26 Dario recalls entering Day 2 of the WSOP Main Event final table when he doubled up immediately, getting him right back in the tournament.
36:55 Bernard describes a very interesting hand with Dario versus Alex Livingston during Day 3 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event final table.
40:38 Dario talks about his heads-up play with his good friend, Hossein Ensan, the 2019 WSOP Main Event champion.
46:14 Dario discusses how he might use his winnings from the 2019 WSOP Main Event.

Dario Sammartino

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