Player turns down money in order to promote hometown at Main Event

Richard Lee

Rather than promoting any of the online poker companies, Richard Lee will be making his appearance at the 2006 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event final table decked out in San Antonio gear to support his hometown.

According to one of his friends, Richard Lee had been offered as much as $10,000 from various online poker sites to wear their logo during play on Tuesday and even went so far as to promise six figures if he made the final table and wore their gear. Lee turned them all down in favor of San Antonio themed clothing to promote the city.

Lee made it through Tuesday wearing his red, long-sleeved T-shirt with San Antonio stitched on the front and emerged third in the chip count by the end of the night.

Lee's previous best tournament finish was at Larry Flynt's Grand Slam of Poker in Los Angeles where he finished 12th and earned $5,600. He's guaranteed at least $1.5 million by making it to the Main Event final table and has a shot at the $12 million top prize.

You can bet he's going to show up wearing his San Antonio gear too. Part of the reason he decided to promote the city at the 2006 WSOP was because he'd had a dream on the way out there that he won the whole thing and did it while wearing a lot of San Antonio paraphernalia.

If Lee wins, he'll turn into one of the newest stars in the poker world. And even if he doesn't, he'll still be one of San Antonio's greatest stars after helping the city shine at the 2006 WSOP.

The final table begins at noon (CDT) Thursday. Stay tuned to the PokerListings.com World Series of Poker section to see how Lee and his opponents fair on the final day.

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