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Chris Lee Wins First-Ever 10-Game Mixed Event at the WSOP
Chris “Genius28” Lee is best known for crushing high-stakes cash games online but now he can add WSOP bracelet winner to his list of poker accomplishments.
Lee defeated 431 players to win $254,955 in the first 10-Game Mix event in WSOP history.
“It’s really cool that I was able to win a bracelet in 10-game because I’m definitely not a proven mixed game player,” Lee told PokerListings.com in Las Vegas.
Lee started playing poker online in high school and quickly climbed the ranks until he was playing the best in the world at the highest stakes available.
Specializing in shorthanded and heads-up No-Limit Hold’em and PLO, Lee was notorious for playing anyone, anytime.
With only two small cashes on his live tournament record prior to yesterday’s victory, Lee isn’t content to just sit back now that he’s got a win here at the WSOP.
“It’s really nice to win a bracelet but it would be really, really nice to win two,” he said.
Having bricked every event so far this summer Lee told us he’s happy to finally have a result, and a win no less.
“It’s nice to know that sometimes you do get rewarded for your hard work in tournaments,” said Lee.
“No matter how bad you’re running it’s important to believe in that light at the end of the tunnel.”
Lee is a graduate of Duke University and became the second alumnus of that institution to win a bracelet in as many days, Andy Frankenberger being the first.
Having just finished school in September, Lee had made the decision to return to poker full time, playing both online and live.
That was before the US government restricted the three biggest poker sites’ ability to cater to Americans.
“Black Friday definitely threw a wrench into my plans to play poker full time,” he said.
But Lee has options, including relocating to a new country altogether in order to make a living playing online poker.
Lee was actually born and raised in Germany until he moved to the US at age eleven, so Europe is a definite possibility. Canada is also near the top of his list.
“There would definitely be inconveniences but the idea of moving somewhere new and being able to play online is pretty cool,” said Lee.