Lee Nelson is known for his tough, competitive edge, and for his uncanny knack of making it through to the final table at the vast majority of the international competitions he takes part him, so much so that he has been christened Lee ‘Final Table’ Nelson by his colleagues and potential rivals!
A retired doctor and domicile in Auckland, New Zealand, Nelson has been most prominent on the Australasian Poker circuit, and possibly his biggest win on the tour has been his success at the 2006 Aussie Millions.
Nelson got the better of 417 other hopefuls at the Crown Casino in Melbourne to take the elite title and the not so shabby AUS$1.43 million in prize money! He faced off against American Robert Neary to claim the victory on his sixty third birthday.
The Aussie millions has been a very prolific competition for Nelson – he not only claimed the main event, but in 2005 he was triumphant in both the Pot Limit/No Limit Speed Poker and the 7 Card Stud events. In 2006 he made it to no fewer than five final tables.
Nelson claims he has been playing poker since he was a wee lad of five, and he believes that he has a wealth of knowledge to pass on to future generations of poker players. He, together with Blair Rodman, has written a poker strategy book called ‘Kill Phil – The Fast Track to Success in No Limit Hold ‘Em Poker Tournaments’. We wonder whether he is referring to the distinguished Phil Helmuth in his title! Nevertheless, the book has been a runaway success.
Nelson is one of the poker professionals on ‘Team PokerStars’ and he co-hosts the TV program ‘Joker Poker’ in Australia. ‘Joker Poker’ pits comedians against each other in high stakes poker challenges and all proceeds go to the charity of their choice.
Nelson continues to amaze with his propensity for the final tables – it is estimated that he has reached over 50 final tables in his eight year career, and he is highly respected in professional poker playing circles. The Hendon Mob reckons he is the “toughest player to get a read on and even tougher to do ‘business’ with at the final table” – a fitting tribute to an outstanding player.
Lee Nelson’s First Place Successes
- He took the main event of the 2006 Aussie Millions and was rewarded with AUS$1.43 million
- In 2005 he won the Party Poker World Open and pocketed $400 000
- He won both the Speed Poker Event and the 7 card Stud Event at the 2005 Aussie Millions and his combined earning were $105 421.
- In 2004 he won $44 950 for clinching the No Limit Hold ‘Em event at the St Maarten Open
- He bagged $26 791 for outlasting his opponents in the Pot Limit Omaha competition at the Irish Open.