The Bernard Lee Poker Show (6/22/21): David Peters (Part 1)

By Bernard Lee
June 28, 2021

David Peters

In this episode of The Bernard Lee Poker Show on the Cardplayer Lifestyle Podcast Family, Bernard Lee conducts the first part of his interview with the 2021 U.S. Poker Open (USPO) Champion, David Peters. Originally from Ohio, now living in Las Vegas, Peters has now won back-to-back Golden Eagle Trophies as he also won the 2019 USPO, which were both held at the PokerGO Studio, just outside the Aria Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Note: 2020 USPO was cancelled due to COVID19 pandemic.)

David discusses that he initially got interested in poker, live and online. He recalls two momentous times during the past decade: Black Friday and COVID-19 pandemic, and how he handled them. The pandemic was not all bad for David, as he spent it in Mexico and also captured his 2nd WSOP bracelet.

Today, David talks about studying with poker programs and simulations to keep his game sharp. He also provides advice to rising poker players on how to improve their game.

Next week, in part 2 of my interview, David talks about the 2019 and 2021 U.S. Poker Open (USPO) and future goals.

0:00Welcome to The Bernard Lee Poker Show as this week’s guest is 2021 U.S. Poker Open (USPO) Champion, David Peters.
1:312021 WSOP events have been released. The 88 bracelets will be played at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino from September 30 through November 23.
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5:01Bernard welcomes David Peters to the show.
6:33David joins the show.
8:05David talks about how he started playing poker as he watched poker on TV, played with friends and family at home and learned to play online.
10:48David discusses that he initially got interested with the 2002 WSOP Main Event when Robert Varkonyi captured the title.
12:42David discusses how he initially improved his game and determined his playing schedule.
15:10David ranks his top three locations to play poker across the world.
17:34David recalls how he reacted and dealt with the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic including relocating to Mexico for over a year.
23:24David decides to come back to U.S. to play in the 2021 USPO.
24:25David recalls his online poker schedule in Mexico during the COVID-19 pandemic, including winning his 2nd WSOP bracelet ($10,000 Heads-Up Championship on
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28:01Bernard continues his interview with 2021 U.S. Poker Open (USPO) Champion, David Peters.
29:48David remembers how Black Friday affected his poker career, which led to a boost in his live play.
32:06David discusses the moment where he decided to play in the high roller events.
34:24David talks about studying with poker programs and simulations to keep his game sharp.
39:50David emphasizes adjusting to your table and exploiting them based on the opponents’ experience.
46:45David provides advice for poker players to improve their game, including understanding the variance in poker.

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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, Lee is known worldwide as a poker media personality having written for, PokerNews, Card […]

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