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The Bernard Lee Poker Show (6/1/21): Brek Schutten

By Bernard Lee
June 04, 2021

Brek Schutten

In this episode of The Bernard Lee Poker Show on the Cardplayer Lifestyle Podcast Family, Bernard Lee interviews Brek Schutten, who recently captured the 2021 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event. The event had 2,482 entries, which is the largest WPT Main Event ever.

Brek Schutten from Grands Rapids, Michigan, talks about winning the record-breaking 2021 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown for over $1.26 million. Brek talks about playing the initial days at the Seminole Hard Rock in Florida and then the three-week break before the final table held at the PokerGO studio in Las Vegas. Brek goes through the tournament especially the final table and the heads-up battle with Steve Snyder. Finally, Brek talks about how he was greeted by his work colleagues (his works as an ICU nurse) after his historic win.

0:00Welcome to The Bernard Lee Poker Show as this week’s guest will be 2021 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event Champion, Brek Schutten.
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2:42Bernard welcomes Brek Schutten to the show.
3:26Brek joins the show and talks about how surreal it was to win the WPT main event and win $1.26 million.
7:28Brek discusses how he was first introduced to poker in high school and progressed in college during the Moneymaker Boom. After taking some years away from poker, Brek came back to poker in 2015 playing local tournaments including WSOP Circuit and HPT.
9:41Brek discusses how poker became a competitive outlet.
10:18Brek talks about how he transitioned from real estate broker to ICU nurse, and how this career change actually helped his poker playing.
14:28Brek remembers his first trip out to the WSOP in 2019, playing in a few events including WSOP Main Event.
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18:50Bernard continues his interview with 2021 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event Champion, Brek Schutten.
20:02Brek discusses his decision to play in the 2021 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event, considering that he lives in Grands Rapids, Michigan. He also talks about the family trip to Orlando.
22:37Brek talks about playing the early days of the 2021 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event, where he was among the chip leader during the last couple of days before the final table.
29:26Brek discusses how it was to play poker under COVID pandemic restrictions such as masks and plexi-glass at the tables.
31:47Brek talks about his preparation during the three-week hiatus before the final table, which was played at the PokerGO studio in Las Vegas.
35:10Brek analyzes his final table seat draw.
37:42Brek recalls his strategy entering the 2021 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event final table. Brek and Bernard also discuss the events of the final table.
43:24Brek talks about his heads-up battle versus Steve Snyder.
48:53Brek talks about all of his congratulatory texts and having to go to work the next day..

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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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