Monday June 20, 2011 : "Genius 28" Lee lives up to his internet handle
Chris "Genius 28" Lee lived up to his internet nickname as an accomplished poker player Sunday at the World Series of Poker, taking down event 29: $2,500 10-Game Mix on the fourth day of a truly tough competition that saw many of the top players on the international scene busted out.
The 10-Game Mix competition featured the greatest number of games yet included in a single WSOP event. The games changed every six hands, and included No Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha, Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw Lowball, Limit Hold’em, Omaha Hi/Lo, Razz, Seven-Card Stud, Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo, Badugi, and No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Lowball.
Battling his way through an initial field of 431, Lee managed to survive through to the third day of the tournament, one of only 19 who did, and then win himself a seat on the final table of nine. When InfoPowa left the action in the early hours of Sunday morning there were just three players left – Lee, Travis Pearson and Brian Haveson – and shortly after that officials called a halt for the day, necessitating a fourth day of action starting later on Sunday.
Lee held the chip lead when the three players reassembled, and within a few hands he eliminated Pearson, leaving only Brian Haveson to vanquish in the heads up.
Haveson had his hands full containing the aggressive play of Lee, who was now holding a solid chip lead and could probably scent victory. Haveson put up a spirited defence but it was just not strong enough to withstand the Lee assault, and finally Lee was able to end the tournament in a hand of 2-7 Triple Draw.
On the final hand, Lee's ten-nine was able to eliminate Haveson as he drew a king on the final draw. A jubilant Lee claimed his first bracelet and the $255,000 winner's check, leaving Haveson with a well-earned $157,491 runner-up prize.
Lee is no stranger to big wins as a respected high stakes player on the internet, but there is no doubt that a WSOP gold bracelet enhances his impressive resume even further.