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My Poker Influencers

by Bernard Lee |  Published: Apr 17, 2013

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Over the past several years, I have asked the following question to hundreds of poker guests on my weekly radio show. What player(s) has influenced you in the world of poker? The answers have ranged from the Godfather of Poker (Doyle Brunson) to the Phils (Ivey or Hellmuth) to the creator of the poker boom (Chris Moneymaker) to the online superstars (Jason Mercier, Tom Dwan, Viktor Blom). Recently, the tables were turned as an interviewer asked me the same exact question. Recollecting all the players I had read about and come in contact with over the years, the following people were the ones that truly helped shape my poker career. Chip Reese Back in the early 1990s, a college friend suggested that we both travel down to a newly opened casino deep in the backwoods of Connecticut. Not wanting to embarrass myself at the tables, I asked him if I ...


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