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Poker Player, Media Personality Bernard Lee Gives Away Two WSOP Event Buy-Ins To Radio Listeners

Additional Buy-In Donated By The One Step Closer Foundation


Professional poker player and media personality Bernard Lee has chosen two amateur poker players to each receive a $777 buy-in to a World Series of Poker bracelet event in Las Vegas, Nevada next month. The buy-ins were among 20 prizes Lee distributed in celebration of the eighth anniversary of The Bernard Lee Poker Show.

“I am extremely excited to be able to make these players’ dreams a reality,” Lee said. “Nothing can compare with the experience of playing in a WSOP bracelet event."

Lee initially partnered with Blaycation, a specialty travel company that combines individuals’ bucket lists with unique vacations, to give away one $777 buy-in. Earlier this year, Lee was named Blaycation’s spokesperson. The One Step Closer Foundation, however, offered to sponsor another $777 buy-in after learning of the success of both Blaycation and Lee’s show.

The foundation’s annual event, Raising The Stakes For Cerebral Palsy Celebrity Charity Poker Tournament, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 19 at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. Expected guests include TV and film personalities Montel Williams, Cheryl Hines, Meki Phifer, James Woods, Jennifer Tilly and professional poker players Joe Cada, and Dennis Phillips. Visit or for more information.

The winners of Lee’s giveaway are Brett Mueller, 27, of Cincinnati, Ohio, where he is a Commercial Account Executive for Tyco Integrated Security; and Jay Phillips, 39, of East Bethel, Minnesota, where she is CEO and President of Project Realms.

Mueller and Phillips will both play in the Lucky 7’s no-limit hold’em WSOP bracelet event at Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 3.

Blaycation’s sponsorship of the WSOP buy-in prize highlights their next poker experience, which will be held July 1-6 in Las Vegas, and center around the $777 WSOP bracelet and main event.

Lee, a Wayland resident, has won more than $2 million and six titles on the tournament circuit since turning pro following his 13th finish in the 2005 WSOP main event.

The Bernard Lee Poker Show, which airs Tuesdays on, one of the largest online poker talk radio stations in the world with listeners in more than 85 countries. Podcasts are available on and iTunes.

Lee is a poker writer Card Player Magazine. His two books, The Final Table, Volume I and Volume II, are compilations of the Sunday Boston Herald poker columns he penned for seven years. Lee is also a poker instructor and commentator for the WSOP and New England’s Eastern Poker Tour. He is a former co-host of the weekly online poker show “ESPN Inside Deal.”

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