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The Bernard Lee Poker Show (12/21/21): Koray Aldemir (Part 2)

By Bernard Lee
December 24, 2021

 

2021 WSOP Main Event Champion, Koray Aldemir, talks about epic final hand versus George Holmes

 

2021 WSOP Main Event Champion, Koray Aldemir, recalls his a incredible run during Days 4-7

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Koray Aldemir

In this episode of The Bernard Lee Poker Show on the Cardplayer Lifestyle Podcast Family, Bernard Lee concludes his exclusive interview with Koray Aldemir, the 2021 WSOP Main Event Champion.

At the start of this week’s interview, Koray discusses his prior history in the WSOP, including the possibility and importance of winning a WSOP bracelet. He talks about his lack of live poker tournaments due to the COVID-19 pandemic and anticipating success at the 2021 WSOP. Koray discusses traveling to Mexico and then Canada prior to 2021 WSOP in order to enter the US to play. Koray talks about 2021 WSOP events, which were primarily min-cashes (he was down money entering the 2021 WSOP Main Event) and an injury he sustained while playing soccer. Finally, the 2021 WSOP Main Event champion talks about the days leading up the final table.

During the conclusion of the exclusive interview, Koray admits the pressure he felt during the days leading up to the final table. Koray talks about the strategy entering the 2021 WSOP Main Event final table, including the incremental pay jumps early on. Bernard and Koray discuss the critical hand four-handed that almost resulted in a double elimination. Finally, Koray recounts playing heads-up versus George Holmes for four hours, especially the epic final hand.

0:00Welcome to The Bernard Lee Poker Show as this week’s guest is Koray Aldemir, 2021 WSOP Main Event Champion. This week is part two of a two-part interview.
0:30Taylor Black captured the 2021 WPT Five Diamond Main Event for $1,241,430.
1:27Henry Orenstein, inventor of the hole card camera and member of the Poker Hall of Fame, passed away at age 98.
2:25Bernard announces that his first guest in 2022 will be 2021 WSOP POY, Josh Arieh.
4:15RunGood Gear Ad
4:58Bernard welcomes back Koray Aldemir, 2021 WSOP Main Event Champion.
5:40Koray joins the show again and discusses his prior history in the WSOP, including the possibility and importance of winning a WSOP bracelet.
10:16Koray talks about his lack of live poker tournaments due to the COVID 19 pandemic and anticipation and success of 2021 WSOP.
14:14Koray discusses going to Mexico and then Canada prior to 2021 WSOP in order to enter the US to play.
17:24Koray talks about 2021 WSOP events, which were primarily min-cashes (he was down money entering the 2021 WSOP Main Event) and an injury while playing soccer.
19:38Koray discusses playing in Day 1 and 2 in the 2021 WSOP Main Event, including almost getting knocked out on Day 1.
23:49Koray talks about playing Day 3, and abusing the money bubble.
26:41Koray talks about playing Day 4 to 7 and the incredible hot run he had.
30:28Share My Pair Ad
31:00Bernard welcomes back Koray Aldemir, 2021 WSOP Main Event Champion.
32:25Koray admits the pressure he felt during the days leading up to the final table.
34:01Koray wished there was a day off prior to the 2021 WSOP Main Event final table.
36:29Koray talks about the strategy entering the 2021 WSOP Main Event final table, including the incremental pay jumps early on.
40:57Bernard and Koray discuss the critical hand four-handed that almost resulted in a double elimination.
46:07Koray recounts playing heads-up versus George Holmes for four hours.
46:53Bernard describes the final hand and Koray gives his perspective of the final epic hand versus George Holmes.

Koray Aldemir

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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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