Steven Snyder

Bernard Lee interviews Steven Snyder, who recently finished runner-up at the 2021 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event and earned nearly $900,000. The event had 2,482 entries which is the largest WPT Main Event in history.

Steven Snyder, a North Carolina native, discusses how he was first introduced to poker during the Moneymaker Effect and playing in local home games and sit n go’s online. Steven recalls going to casinos across the country and how his first big win (for $40,000) in 2013 jumped started his full-time poker career.

Steven discusses the early days of his poker career which led to his three WSOP Circuit rings, including his 2016 WSOP Harrah’s Cherokee Circuit Main Event victory, and his first WSOP bracelet final table. Steven also discusses why, unfortunately, last year was the worst year of his life: professionally and personally. Steven decided to work on himself and entered 2021 with a new mental focus. Steven talks about playing the 2021 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event including the mental preparation during the hiatus of the final table. Finally, Steven talks about playing the 2021 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event final table, including the final hand.

0:00 Welcome to The Bernard Lee Poker Show as this week’s guest will be three-time WSOP Circuit ring winner and recent 2021 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event runner-up, Steven Snyder.
1:25 Bernard talks about the 2021 U.S. Poker Open, including winners who are former guests of The Bernard Lee Poker Show: Jake Daniels (Event #1), Joe McKeehen (Event #3)
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3:51 Bernard welcomes Steven Snyder to the show.
4:54 Steven joins the show and talks about how surreal it was to finish runner-up in the WPT main event and win almost $900,000.
6:41 Steven discusses how he was first introduced to poker during the Moneymaker Effect and playing in local home games and sit n go’s online.
13:50 Steven recalls going to casinos across the country while he was travelling for his job and how his first big win (for $40,000) in 2013 jumped started his full-time poker career.
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19:01 Bernard continues his interview with three-time WSOP Circuit ring winner and recent 2021 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event runner-up, Steven Snyder.
21:17 Steven discusses the early days of his poker career, which led to his three WSOP Circuit rings and his first WSOP bracelet final table.
28:25 Steven talks about the 2016 WSOP Harrah’s Cherokee Circuit Main Event victory and how much it meant to him.
33:26 Steven discusses why last year was the worst year of his life: professionally and personally.  Steven decided to work on himself and entered 2021 with a new mental focus.
39:40 Steven discusses how it was to play poker under COVID pandemic restrictions such as masks and plexi-glass at the tables.
41:57 Steven talks about playing the early days of the 2021 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event and the great structure of the tournament.
44:02 Steven talks about his mental preparation during the three-week hiatus before the final table, which was played at the PokerGO studio in Las Vegas.
45:54 Steven talks about playing the 2021 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event final table.
50:23 Steven talks about his three-handed and final hand versus Brek Schutten.

Steven Snyder