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Bernard Lee has signed a contract with the travel specialists Blaycation. The professional poker player, author, and radio show host will act as company spokesman as we move ever closer to the World Series of Poker.

What are your dreams? If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? What would you do? Have you transferred those dreams onto paper? Does it carry the headline of Bucket List?

This is where Blaycation step in.

They are a Canadian owned travel specialist firm that turns dreams into reality. Simply sign up, type your dreams onto your keyboard, press send, and Blaycation will do the rest.

Arrowing in on the poker niche is a smart idea. Poker players and traveling go together like the Brazilian national football team and a useless number nine.

“We chose Bernard Lee as our spokesperson because of his professionalism, likability factor, teaching ability, and poker experience as a player and a member of the poker media. Our clients will benefit from having Bernard at their side to provide insight and guidance,” said Blaycation owner and Chief Vacation Officer Mark Stiles.

Teaching ability will be an important factor. Blaycation are offering a special WSOP Colossus package that includes a special training session organized by their new spokesperson. Lee finished 13th in the 2005 WSOP Main Event for $400,000, the year Joe Hachem took the crown to Australia.

“I’m excited to partner with Blaycation and host this unique vacation opportunity for poker enthusiasts,” Lee told PokerNews. “Having played in poker tournaments worldwide since 2004, I am looking forward to sharing my poker knowledge with Blaycation participants. I know that taking a trip with Blaycation will create memories for a lifetime.”

Uptick in Player Sponsorships

The signing of Lee continues the recent reversal of trend that saw sponsored poker players falling by the wayside like leaves in the autumn breeze.

In recent weeks, PokerStars have signed Twitch phenomenon Jason Somerville, the Japanese pairing of Kosei Ichinose and Yuiko Matsukawa, and the young Indian player Aditya Agarwal.

The Colossus package will set you back $1,975. That includes a buy-in for the event, accommodation at the Linq hotel, a private concierge service, and that training session with Lee.


“If you have ever dreamed of entering a poker tournament like the WSOP, this is the perfect opportunity to fulfill your dreams. Our goal is to provide the personalized experience participants deserve, while getting a behind-the-scenes look at a prestigious poker tournament. The unforgettable experience will keep participants coming back to the WSOP year after year,” Lee said. “I look forward to meeting many new faces during Blaycation’s WSOP Colossus poker experience.”

WSOP officials are expecting The Colossus to attract the largest field size in the history of live tournament poker.

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Lee Davy

Life can be viewed as the sum of the parts or the parts themselves. I believe in the holistic view of life, or the sum. When dealing with individual parts you develop whack-a-mole syndrome; each time you clobber one problem with your hammer another one just pops up.