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The Bernard Lee Poker Show (6/8/21): Steven Snyder

By Bernard Lee
June 09, 2021

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.

0:00Welcome 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.
1:25Bernard 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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3:51Bernard welcomes Steven Snyder to the show.
4:54Steven joins the show and talks about how surreal it was to finish runner-up in the WPT main event and win almost $900,000.
6:41Steven discusses how he was first introduced to poker during the Moneymaker Effect and playing in local home games and sit n go’s online.
13:50Steven 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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19:01Bernard 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.
21:17Steven discusses the early days of his poker career, which led to his three WSOP Circuit rings and his first WSOP bracelet final table.
28:25Steven talks about the 2016 WSOP Harrah’s Cherokee Circuit Main Event victory and how much it meant to him.
33:26Steven 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.
39:40Steven discusses how it was to play poker under COVID pandemic restrictions such as masks and plexi-glass at the tables.
41:57Steven talks about playing the early days of the 2021 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event and the great structure of the tournament.
44:02Steven talks about his mental preparation during the three-week hiatus before the final table, which was played at the PokerGO studio in Las Vegas.
45:54Steven talks about playing the 2021 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event final table.
50:23Steven talks about his three-handed and final hand versus Brek Schutten.

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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 […]