The Bernard Lee Poker Show (9/1/20): Norman Chad

By Bernard Lee
September 03, 2020

Norman Chad

In this episode of The Bernard Lee Poker Show on the Cardplayer Lifestyle Podcast Family, Bernard Lee interviews the veteran WSOP announcer, Norman Chad. He discusses his depression and difficult times during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, he has started his own #OokaLuka movement. Also, during this difficult time, Norman fondly remembers his favorite WSOP moments over the past two decades and also what he misses about the WSOP. He also discusses his own deep run in the 2020 WSOP Online Summer Series Event #28: $1,000 Omaha 8 or better – 6 max, where he ended up finishing in 13th place out of 525 entries.

0:00Welcome to The Bernard Lee Poker Show as this week’s guest is veteran WSOP announcer, Norman Chad.
0:04WSOP $5,000 Main Event (Event #77) is being held on GGPoker. 5,082 players entered the event and created a prize pool of over $27.5 million, the largest prize pool in online poker history. Day 2 began with 1,171 players with 728 finishing in money. As the day ended, 38 players are left led by 2017 WSOP Main Event 6th place finisher, Bryan Piccioli. With first prize worth $3.9 million, the players will return to the virtual felt on Saturday September 5th.
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5:02Bernard welcomes veteran WSOP announcer, Norman Chad.
5:38Norman joins The Bernard Lee Poker Show.
7:35Norman discusses how he started wandering around the WSOP room during the main event and Bernard’s story was one of the first Norman found.
9:18Norman talks about his depression and difficult times during the COVID-19 pandemic including being apart from his wife and the passing of his dog, Daisy. He also reveals that he tested positive for COVID-19 and his symptoms.
12:59Norman talks about his new puppy, Blue, which was suggested by Jamie Kerstetter and how it helped him get through this difficult time.
16:33Norman discusses his Ooka Luka video and movement including the song.
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23:33Bernard continues his interview with veteran WSOP announcer, Norman Chad.
24:41Norman reacts to the WSOP postponement and the 2020 WSOP Online Summer Series.
30:11Norman remembers his deep run (13th place) in Event #28 in Omaha 8 or better – 6 max.  Bernard also discusses Norman’s other deep WSOP runs over the years. Norman also recalls playing in Stateline, Nevada at the Primm Valley Casino.
35:37Norman was disappointed with the disabling of the chat box in the WSOP.com online client..
40:13Norman talks about what he missed about the WSOP.
46:41Norman discusses the different productions of the WSOP Main Event coverage.

Norman Chad



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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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