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Robinson beats Lee to win WSOPC Indiana Event 11
The 2007-2008 World Series of Poker Circuit Caesars Indiana has been chock-full of interesting storylines, and journalist Bernard Lee very nearly wrote himself the fairytale ending.
In Event 11, the final prelim before the main event, Lee outlasted 240 players only to be beaten by Dale Robinson in heads-up play.
Lee has been working on the tournament circuit for some years now as a blogger for ESPN and is one of the most well-known guys on the circuit. He came to fame when he finished 13th in the 2005 WSOP Main Event and cashed for $400,000.
Approximately one year later Lee proved it was no fluke by winning the $4,800 No-Limit Hold'em event at the World Poker Finals in Mashantucket. He took down $368,919 for his efforts in the 'tucket. In 2007 he won another big event at the World Poker Finals and it seems only a matter of time before he takes down a major poker tournament.
Lee appeared primed to win the WSOPC Caesars Indiana Event 11 outright and held the chip lead at the final table numerous times. Instead it was Robinson, an insurance man from Otisca, Ind., who managed to pull ahead after winning the majority of the later hands at the final table.
Robinson entered heads-up play against Lee with nearly $1 million to Lee's $193,000. After making a private arrangement the two played the required final hand and Robinson's 605 beat Lee's 105.
Despite coming in second, Lee has had an incredible start to his 2008 poker season. He's already made three final tables and cashed a total of four times, which has earned him over $100,000 in poker winnings this year.
Here's a look at the complete final-table payouts for Event 11:
|1. Dale Robinson||$73,154|
|2. Bernard Lee||$40,237|
|3. David Dao||$20,576|
|4. Jason Benanzer||$16,003|
|5. Ed Koppe||$13,717|
|6. Matt Sterling||$11,431|
|7. William Johnson||$9,145|
|8. Caleb Banks||$6,859|
|9. Mike Aberle||$4,572|