Team PokerStars Pro Profile: Lee Nelson

You might have heard the old saying, “Those that can, do... those that can’t do, teach.” It applies in all sort of life’s wild and varied fields but as far as Team PokerStars Pro Lee Nelson is concerned he does both, and well.

You often hear stories of the older generation of professional poker players, picking up the game from grandparents in variations of the game long since confined to books printed before the war. Lee’s story is no different.

He discovered poker from the vantage point of his mother’s knee as she played her home game on her kitchen table with friends. Whilst she went to prepare food Lee would fill in, playing a few hands and invariably winning them.

Originally from the United States, Lee trained as a doctor, paying his way through college with poker winnings, before moving to New Zealand where he was soon making money, not with his hands, but with poker hands, becoming one of the world’s elite players, a reputation capped in 2006 when he won the Aussie Millions and over $1.43 million.

Where does that teaching fit in?

Lee is also the author of the hugely popular “Kill Phil: The Fast Track to Success in No-Limit Hold’em Poker Tournaments” a poker manual stretching beyond traditional teaching and heading straight for strategies for novice players to use against the best in the world. The book has had multiple print runs in the United States and received great reviews along the way.

Joining Team PokerStars Pro has sent Lee all over the world to play, be it in the EPT, APPT or the World Series. But it’s back in Australia and New Zealand where he finds his best form, where regardless of whether it’s hold’em, Omaha or even speed poker, he continues to outperform the rest.

No wonder then that his second book, “Kill Everyone” will be on the shelves soon.