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The Bernard Lee Poker Show (3/24/20): Craig Varnell

By Bernard Lee
April 04, 2020

Craig Varnell

In this episode of The Bernard Lee Poker Show on the Cardplayer Lifestyle Podcast Family, Bernard Lee interviews Craig Varnell, who recently took home 1st place at 2020 Shooting Star Bay 101 Main Event. Due to the concern over Coronavirus, the final table agreed to a chop and named Craig Varnell the winner as he was the chip leader. Craig discusses the tournament, specially that final day which resulted in the final table chop. During his career, Craig has won almost $2.5 million including the 2018 $565 Pot Limit Omaha WSOP bracelet.

0:00Welcome to The Bernard Lee Poker Show as this week’s guest will be Craig Varnell, 2020 Shooting Star Bay 101 Main Event 1st place finisher.
2:18Poker professional David “Doc” Sands announced via Twitter that he tested positive for COVID-19.
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4:47Bernard welcomes Craig Varnell, 2020 Shooting Star Bay 101 Main Event 1st place finisher.
5:18Craig joins The Bernard Lee Poker Show.
5:58Craig, who lives on the Las Vegas Strip, describes the eeriness of an empty Las Vegas during the Coronavirus pandemic.
8:33Craig talks about the boom of online poker during the Coronavirus pandemic, especially in Nevada where online poker is legal.
11:19Craig recalls how he got started playing poker in Colorado and online poker and how it changed his life. He also discusses winning his first WSOP circuit ring in 2014 in Black Hawk, Colorado and riding the momentum in the live circuit.
19:04Craig discusses his personal fit with PLO and shares some tips.
25:26Craig reminisces about winning his 2018 $565 WSOP bracelet in PLO.
27:37Craig describes recovering from a severe injury, fracturing his skull, in June of 2019.
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31:11Bernard continues his interview with Craig Varnell, 2020 Shooting Star Bay 101 Main Event 1st place finisher.
32:56Craig discusses his decision to play in the 2020 Shooting Star Bay 101 Main Event.
36:05Craig recalls the events during the 2020 Shooting Star Bay 101 Main Event  (March 11-13, 2020).
38:38Craig recalls the events during the final day (Day 3) of the 2020 Shooting Star Bay 101 Main Event (March 13, 2020) and the discussion of the eventual chop.
45:05Craig talks about playing poker online in Nevada and watching lots of television programs.

 

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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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