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Poker Prodigy Series – Shaun Deeb

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Poker Prodigy Series: Shaun Deeb

Our next installment of the Poker Prodigy Series at Joe Wager is a player of the modern era, Shaun Deeb, whose action has transcended the boundaries of both the top online and biggest live poker games around.

Shaun Deeb – The Early Years

Shaun Deeb was first recognized as a serious teenage prodigy when he started playing and hosting $20 rebuy tournaments while still in high school with his classmates. Then, after his school years, Deeb went into further education at Bentley University in Massachusetts. It was during these years he became a prodigious online poker player, regularly multi-tabling over twenty online poker tournaments at once.

To illustrate his success online, Deeb came fifth in the Card Player rankings for Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009, which were the years when the poker boom hit online.

Online Burn-Out Induced Premature Retirement in 2010

By the time Shaun Deeb reached the age of twenty-four, he was burnt out from such crazy action multi-tabling, and he announced his retirement. His hiatus from online poker didn’t last long; two months later, he was back!

Out of Retirement Shaun Deeb Targeted Live Poker

On his return to the game, Deeb targeted live poker and history now proves that he has done it rather successfully with a very creditable six WSOP bracelets as below:

  • 2015: $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em for $318,857
  • 2016: $1,500 Seven Card Stud for $111,101
  • 2018: $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed High Roller for $1,402,683
  • 2018: $10,000 No-limit Hold’em Six Handed Championship for $814,179
  • 2021: $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller for $1,251,860
  • 2023: $1,500 Eight-Game Mix – Six max for $198,854

Back in the Online Poker World

Shaun Deeb went on to prove himself to be one of the best multi-table online tournament poker players ever over the next decade with one of the most impressive CVs imaginable.

Five online Poker World Championships were accumulated by the New Yorker as follows:

  • 2008: $320 Rebuy Pot-Limit Omaha for $144,113
  • 2010: $1,050 No Limit Hold’em for $243,610
  • 2015: $215 No Limit Hold’em for $68,000
  • 2016: $1,050 NL 5-Card Draw Championship for $22,185.60
  • 2018: $1,050 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo for $38,088

Deeb Is No Stranger to Controversy

Controversy has often followed Shaun Deeb.

One notable escapade was in 2012 after Deeb participated in a $25,000 satellite 96-player tournament to win his entry into the $1,000,000 entry Big One for One Drop event at the WSOP.

When he was left heads-up with Gus Hansen, Deeb controversially dumped his chips to the Dane so he could be entered onto the alternate list. Being on the alternate list meant it was likely he would miss a start in the event but get the $1,000,000 entry in cash.

Deeb Can Be Outspoken and Brash

Deeb can often be viewed as a little outspoken and brash in his personal communications with others in the industry. However, if you pick the bare bones out of what he says, there are some home truths that will help your online poker journey.

When he was asked for his one best piece of advice on how to become a top online winner, his reply was,

“Don’t take the game that seriously, treat it as a hobby or entertainment. If you want to be a pro, expect way worse variance than you ever experienced prior, and putting in volume is how you succeed. Also, that your opponents have probably studied a lot less and play a lot worse than you. Or you suck at game selection.”

Deeb’s recent action

We found that Shaun Deeb, now thirty-eight years old, recently has been prop betting on action outside of poker. Indeed, his betting could be described as healthier for the poker star who bet $100,000 with businessman Bill Perkins, at odds of (+1000), that he would lose 17.5% of his body weight by the start of the 2024 WSOP.

Many fans were skeptical he could achieve his goal but recent updates on social media show Deeb is only 7% away from goal.

This leads us to believe that Shaun Deeb’s chances of winning the marathon events at this year’s WSOP have been enhanced positively in the process, so look out for Deeb winning at least one WSOP bracelet this year.

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Craig Edwards
Craig Edwards, an online tipster in golf and snooker for over four years, boasts a track record of 7800 bets with a 28% return on investment. A snooker professional from 1988 to 1996, he was once a single-figure handicap golfer. Achieving the 282nd position in the WSOP MAIN EVENT in 2007, Craig possesses a unique insight into the psychological shifts of professional sportsmen, anticipating their mindset week by week.

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