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The Bernard Lee Poker Show (4/19/22): Darren Elias

By Bernard Lee
April 28, 2022

Four-time WPT champion, Darren Elias, was once the #1 ranked online hearts player in the world

“The more decision points you put them to, the more likely they will make a mistake” – Darren Elias

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Darren Elias

In this episode of The Bernard Lee Poker Show on the Cardplayer Lifestyle Podcast Family, Bernard Lee interviews four-time WPT Champion, Darren Elias.

At the start of the interview, Darren talks about how he navigates large WPT fields and how play changes in the final two tables. He talks about how he got started in poker, including formerly being the #1 ranked player in online hearts. Darren talks about the struggles of transitioning from online to live poker. He recalls the effects of Black Friday on his life and bankroll. He also discusses the current online poker world including his relationship with BetMGM.

During the second part of the interview, Darren explains the use of the shot clock, called the “Action Clock”, in WPT main events. Darren talks about the “wild” poker play in Florida. He recalls his play in the 2022 Seminole Hard Rock main event, and strategies he uses when play gets down to the final two tables. “The more decision points you put them to, the more likely they will make a mistake.” Finally, Darren talks about his desire to win a WSOP bracelet, his prior close calls, and his “difficult” schedule based on his family life.

0:00Welcome to The Bernard Lee Poker Show as this week’s guest is four-time WPT Champion, Darren Elias.
2:53Poker League Of Nations Ad
3:55Bernard welcomes Darren Elias, four-time WPT Champion.
5:19Darren joins the show, talking about how he navigates large WPT fields and how the play changes in the last two tables.
10:21Darren talks about how he got started in poker, including at one time being the #1 ranked player in online hearts.
12:19Darren talks about the struggles of transitioning from online to live poker.
15:17Darren recalls the effects of Black Friday on his life and bankroll. Also, he discusses the current online poker world including his relationship with BetMGM.
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24:21Bernard welcomes back Darren Elias, four-time WPT Champion.
25:32Darren explains the shot clock, called the “Action Clock,” used in WPT main events.
31:08Darren talks about the “wild” poker play in Florida.
34:56Darren recalls his play in the 2022 Seminole Hard Rock main event.
39:26Darren discusses strategies for when play gets down to the final two tables. “The more decision points you put them to, the more likely they will make a mistake.”
52:12Darren talks about his desire to win a WSOP bracelet, his prior close calls, and his “difficult” schedule based on his family life.

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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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