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Lee Nelson

Lee Nelson was born in the United States on January 19, 1943 but lived most of his life in New Zealand. His early education led him to medical school, and he spent many years as a practicing doctor until he retired to dedicate his life to a poker profession. Nelson began doing well in tournaments in Australia and New Zealand in 2000, where he consistently made final tables in events like the Crown Australasian Poker Championships, the Crown Poker Tournaments, and the New Zealand Poker Championships. So consistent were his final table appearances at tournament series that he earned the nickname “Final Table.” His first tournament victory came in the 2002 New Zealand Poker Championships, and by 2004, he was taking his success on a larger circuit by traveling to events in places like Barcelona and St. Maarten. It was in 2006 that a victory for Nelson made international poker news as he won the Crown Australian Poker Championship Main Event for AU$1,295,800, but his subsequent wins have come in well-known events like the Aussie Millions and Victorian Poker Championship with final tables on the Asia Pacific Poker Tour as well. All in all, he has won more than $2.2 million in less than a decade of tournaments. Nelson is also well-known for penning books like “Kill Phil: The Fast Track to Success in No-Limit Hold’em Poker Tournaments” and “Kill Phil: Kill Everyone,” and he has hosted numerous television shows and podcasts that highlight his knowledge of the game as well as the poker industry as a whole.

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Lee Nelson
Player Information
Name: Lee Nelson AKA "Final Table"
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Yearly Statistics: Click Here

Cashes:65
Total Winnings: $2,683,615 (Includes all tournament winnings)
First Place Finishes: 10
Age: 71
Marital Status: Married
Children: 1
Started Playing Poker: Age 5
Favorite Poker Game: Pot-Limit HE pre-flop, NL post-flop
Ambition: To keep making final tables and keep winning tournaments
Hobbies: Meditation, nutrition, walking, swimming and yoga
Favorite Movie: The Saint Favorite Music: Beethoven's late quartets
Favorite Music: Beethoven's late quartets
Favorite Celebrity: Val Kilmer
Poker Players I Respect Most: Daniel Negeanu & Gus Hansen
If I could change anything in the world: Select leaders of nations who had some brains.

Lee Nelson Poker Results

EVENT PLACE PRIZE DATE
Aussie Millions
Main Event - No Limit Hold'em
9th $131,454 Jan 22, 2012
ANZPT Melbourne/Season 2
No Limit Hold'em Deepstack
20th $1,157 Oct 8, 2010
ANZPT Sydney /Season 2
ANZPT No Limit Hold'em Championship
47th $3,752 Apr 21, 2010
Aussie Millions
No Limit Hold'em
13th $2,869 Jan 28, 2010
APPT Sydney/Season 3
No Limit Hold'em Deepstack
2nd $48,091 Nov 24, 2009
APPT Auckland/Season 3
No Limit Hold'em Lee Nelson Event
6th $2,128 Oct 12, 2009
Joe Hachem Deepstack Series
Pot Limit Omaha
4th $4,161 Mar 17, 2009
Joe Hachem Deepstack Series
H.O.R.S.E
3rd $2,292 Mar 15, 2009
2009 Crown Aussie Millions Championship
Event #16 - H.O.R.S.E
4th $31,549 Jan 24, 2009
2009 Crown Aussie Millions Championship
Event #11 - Pot Limit Omaha
1st $34,073 Jan 21, 2009
APPT Manila/Season 2
No Limit Hold'em
6th $21,714 Nov 13, 2008
APPT Macau/Season 2
Main Event - No Limit Hold'em
42nd $5,678 Sep 1, 2008
APPT Sydney/Season 1
Spotlight No Limit Hold'em
18th $19,367 Dec 13, 2007
New Zealand Poker Championships
No Limit Hold'em Canterbury Championship
1st $22,926 Apr 15, 2007
The Asian Poker Classic 2007
Super Satellite - No Limit Hold'em
6th $5,300 Mar 1, 2007
2007 Crown Aussie Millions Championship
Event #9 - No Limit Hold'em Championship
36th $28,920 Jan 19, 2007
Betfair Asian Poker Tour
No Limit Hold'em Championship
3rd $116,600 Nov 17, 2006
Grosvenor World Masters
No Limit Hold'em
1st $93,735 Jun 19, 2006
Melbourne Holdem Championship
Main Event - No Limit Hold'em
18th $1,695 Apr 30, 2006
European Poker Classics
Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo
2nd $20,997 Mar 21, 2006
2006 Crown Australian Poker Championship
No Limit Hold'em Championship
1st $1,362,709 Jan 19, 2006
2006 Crown Australian Poker Championship
Event #5 - No Limit Hold'em Championship Speed Poker
5th $15,775 Jan 10, 2006
2006 Crown Australian Poker Championship
Event #4 - No Limit Hold'em Championship
6th $12,115 Jan 9, 2006
2006 Crown Australian Poker Championship
Event #2 - Pot Limit Hold'em Championship
16th $1,982 Jan 7, 2006
Rendevous a Paris - WPT Season 4
No Limit Hold'em
3rd $9,436 Jul 16, 2005
Melbourne Hold 'Em Championship
No Limit Hold'em
25th $263 Apr 26, 2005
European Poker Classics
No Limit Hold'em
3rd $9,032 Apr 3, 2005
PartyPoker World Open
No Limit Hold'em Grand Final
1st $400,000 Apr 3, 2005
European Poker Classics
Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo
4th $7,086 Mar 28, 2005
Irish Open
Pot Limit Omaha
1st $27,064 Mar 25, 2005
2005 Crown Australian Poker Championship
Pot Limit 7 Card Stud
1st $16,406 Jan 11, 2005
2005 Crown Australian Poker Championship
Pot Limit Omaha
2nd $19,765 Jan 9, 2005
St. Maarten Open
No Limit Hold'em
1st $44,950 Nov 30, 2004
2004 Victorian Poker Championship
No Limit Hold'em
2nd $19,981 Aug 22, 2004
2004 Victorian Poker Championship
Pot Limit Omaha
5th $3,332 Aug 21, 2004
2004 Victorian Poker Championship
Shootout - No Limit Hold'em
8th $931 Aug 20, 2004
4th Annual World Heads Up Poker Championship
No Limit Hold'em
4th $8,519 Jun 17, 2004
4th Annual World Heads Up Poker Championship
Pot Limit Omaha
8th $2,883 Jun 16, 2004
4th Annual World Heads Up Poker Championship
Pot Limit Omaha
7th $3,145 Jun 14, 2004
2004 Crown Australasian Poker Championship
Heads Up - No Limit Hold'em
8th $8,413 Jan 10, 2004
2004 Crown Australasian Poker Championship
No Limit Hold'em
9th $1,681 Jan 3, 2004
Victorian Poker Championships
Pot Limit 7 Card Stud
2nd $5,967 Sep 3, 2003
Victorian Poker Championships
Limit Omaha Hi/Lo
1st $6,321 Sep 1, 2003
Victorian Poker Championships
No Limit Hold'em
8th $505 Aug 31, 2003
Crown Australasian Poker Championship
Pot Limit Omaha
4th $11,442 Jan 5, 2003
Crown Australasian Poker Championship
No Limit Hold'em
9th $3,125 Jan 4, 2003
October Tournament
Pot Limit 7 Card Stud
4th $1,251 Oct 3, 2002
New Zealand Poker Championships
Event #5 - Limit Omaha
3rd $1,080 Apr 23, 2002
National Poker Championships 2002
Main Event - No Limit Hold'em
10th $1,262 Feb 23, 2002
National Poker Championships 2002
Pot Limit Omaha
9th $711 Feb 21, 2002
National Poker Championships 2002
Limit Hold'em
4th $773 Feb 19, 2002
National Poker Championships 2002
Pot Limit Draw High
2nd $4,643 Feb 17, 2002
Australasian Poker Championships
Main Event - No Limit Hold'em
4th $25,765 Jan 13, 2002
Australasian Poker Championships
No Limit Hold'em
4th $7,151 Jan 10, 2002
Australasian Poker Championships
Pot Limit Hold'em
8th $1,956 Jan 8, 2002
Australasian Poker Championships
Limit Hold'em
4th $2,398 Jan 6, 2002
Australasian Championship
Main Event - No Limit Hold'em
8th $3,983 Aug 25, 2001
Melbourne Summer Holiday Poker Festival
No Limit Hold'em
3rd $6,815 Jan 3, 2001
Australasian Poker Championship
Main Event - No Limit Hold'em
17th $1,719 Aug 27, 2000
Australasian Poker Championship
Limit 7 Card Stud
2nd $5,830 Aug 22, 2000
Australasian Poker Championship
Limit Hold'em
9th $1,136 Aug 21, 2000
Rat Pack Poker Tournament
Limit Hold'em & Omaha
9th $149 Apr 2, 2000
National Poker Championship
Pot Limit Omaha
3rd $2,538 Feb 16, 2000
National Poker Championship
Limit Hold'em
2nd $4,390 Feb 14, 2000
National Poker Championship
Pot Limit Draw High
1st $8,779 Feb 13, 2000



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Lee Nelson



Lee Nelson was born in the United States on January 19, 1943 but lived most of his life in New Zealand. His early education led him to medical school, and he spent many years as a practicing doctor until he retired to dedicate his life to a poker profession. Nelson began doing well in tournaments in Australia and New Zealand in 2000, where he consistently made final tables in events like the Crown Australasian Poker Championships, the Crown Poker Tournaments, and the New Zealand Poker Championships. So consistent were his final table appearances at tournament series that he earned the nickname “Final Table.” His first tournament victory came in the 2002 New Zealand Poker Championships, and by 2004, he was taking his success on a larger circuit by traveling to events in places like Barcelona and St. Maarten. It was in 2006 that a victory for Nelson made international poker news as he won the Crown Australian Poker Championship Main Event for AU$1,295,800, but his subsequent wins have come in well-known events like the Aussie Millions and Victorian Poker Championship with final tables on the Asia Pacific Poker Tour as well. All in all, he has won more than $2.2 million in less than a decade of tournaments. Nelson is also well-known for penning books like “Kill Phil: The Fast Track to Success in No-Limit Hold’em Poker Tournaments” and “Kill Phil: Kill Everyone,” and he has hosted numerous television shows and podcasts that highlight his knowledge of the game as well as the poker industry as a whole.






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