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Wai Kiat Lee

GPI Rank : 47
GPI Nat. Rank : 1
Total Earnings : $10,275,107
GPI Score : 3 097,26
First Cash : 2013-12-19
Last Updated on July 1, 2024

Last Result

Date Country Place Prize
Jun 17 - 19, 2024 No Limit Hold'em (Bracelet Event #44)
World Series of Poker, Las Vegas
96 $4,812

Profile

Lee Wai Kiat is a Malaysian professional poker player whose career spans a decade on the live felt.

The majority of Lee’s early success occurred in the United Kingdom. After a couple of years splashing around tournaments with smaller prize pools, he won the Main Event of The Deepstack tournament in Nottingham on July 2, 2015. The victory earned him his first five-figure score of $78,314.

He stacked multiple final table finishes over the succeeding months. Nearly a year after, Lee won another Main Event title in the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour for $50,364. This buoyed Lee to take a shot in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) circuit in Las Vegas in 2016 where he found minimal success.

From there on out, Lee travelled all over the world to hone his craft. He played in Barcelona, Malta, London, Prague, Melbourne, Macau, Las Vegas, and Manila. In March 2019, Lee finally found his next huge win in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam where he finished 2nd place in two High Roller events of the World Poker Tour for a total of $114,071.

Breakthrough year 2020

The year 2020 marked a breakthrough for the Malaysian pro. In March 2020, Lee snagged the bronze in a Short Deck Hold’em event of the partypoker Millions Sochi Super High Roller for $374,520, his first six-figure payday.

The coronavirus pandemic forced Lee to try the online poker scene. Not much came out of it. When live poker returned though, Lee resumed his proclivity for Short Deck Hold’em.

In April 2022, he went on a rampage cashing in three Short Deck Hold’em events in Kyrenia, Cyprus. First, he won 2nd place in the Triton Poker circuit in Kyrenia, Cyprus, bagging a whopping $840,000 for the win, a personal best record that stands to date. Then, he won another $150,000 for finishing 6th in the Super High Roller Series (SHRS) presented by Luxon Pay and finally, a title in the same series for $513,000.

A mere five months later, Lee showcased his adeptness at Short Deck once more winning 2nd and 3rd place in the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series, also in Kyrenia, Cyprus for a total payday of $572,000.

Lee opened 2023 with 1st and 4th place finished in No Limit Hold’em events in the Poker Dream Malaysia for combined earnings of $97,083.

Lee currently ranks 8th at Malaysia’s all-time money list with total live earnings of $3,327,503.

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Tricia David

Tricia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits in Asia. She spent one year working part time with Poker Portal Asia then became editor and lead writer for all event coverage of the Philippine Poker Tour (PPT). Under the PPT, she overlooked content for their website, and produced live updates on all their events. In addition, she served as the live and online events website content writer for the Asian Poker Tour. Currently, she does live events reporting in Asia for online news site Somuchpoker and is also one of their news contributors.

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