Shaun Deeb Secures WSOP Player of the Year

Shaun Deeb Secures WSOP Player of the Year

When the World Series of Poker summer series ended, it became clear that poker pro Shaun Deeb was going to be the likely winner of the WSOP Player of the Year award. He was at the top of the leaderboard, though the WSOP Europe had the potential to change it up if another player had a particularly stellar run.

It did not happen. Some of the players who were in the top 10 on the POY leaderboard didn’t make the trek to the Czech Republic to compete, and only one player at WSOP Europe made a run at the title. That was Michael Addamo of Australia, who won his first gold bracelet in Las Vegas during the summer, cashed in two other events there, and then made a splash in Rozvadov by winning the €25K Super High Roller and finishing eighth in the €100K Super High Roller two days later.

But Deeb also did well in Europe. While he may say that it wasn’t a profitable trip, he was able to secure his spot at the top-performing player of the year in WSOP events.

Performance of the Year

Deeb is one of the most successful poker players in the past decade, whether playing average buy-in tournaments or high rollers, live or online.

To date, Deeb has earned more than $6 million in live tournaments, more than $6.7 million in online tournaments, and untracked cash game winnings. He currently ranks 12th in the world per the Global Poker Index rankings.

His wins have consisted of US and European tournament wins, though many of his successes have come at the World Series of Poker. Deeb started registering cashes at WSOP events in 2007 but didn’t make his first final table until 2011 when he took fourth in a $2,500 10-Game Mix 6-Handed event. The following year, he finished sixth in the $10K Pot-Limit Hold’em Championship. In 2015, he captured his first WSOP victory in the $10K Pot-Limit Hold’em Championship for $318,857 and made several final tables in Las Vegas and Europe events. In 2017, he won the $1,500 Seven-Card Stud event for $111,101, following that with several cashes, a second-place finish in the $10K Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship, and a near-miss for the final table of the $50K Poker Players Championship by ending his run in seventh.

In 2018, Deeb racked up the following accomplishments:

–WSOP Event 4:  $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8-or-Better = 44th place ($4,723)

–WSOP Event 7:  $565 NLHE Colossus = 1418th place ($920)

–WSOP Event 8:  $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball = 37th place ($3,937)

–WSOP Event 13:  $1,500 NLHE Big Blind Antes = 16th place ($11,553)

–WSOP Event 14:  $1,500 NL 2-7 Lowball Draw = 3rd place ($36,330)

–WSOP Event 21:  $1,500 NLHE Millionaire Maker = 965th place ($2,345)

–WSOP Event 29:  $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw = 19th place ($3,799)

–WSOP Event 33:  $50K Poker Players Championship = 10th place ($111,447)

–WSOP Event 40:  $2,500 Mixed Big Bet = 13th place ($5,460)

–WSOP Event 42:  $25K PLO 8-Handed High Roller = WIN ($1,402,683 + Bracelet #3)

–WSOP Event 55:  $1K NLHE Tag Team = 108th place ($394)

–WSOP Event 59:  $1K NLHE Super Turbo Bounty = 172nd place ($1,214)

–WSOP Event 61:  $1K NLHE Online Championship = 96th place ($2,641)

–WSOP Event 65:  $10K NLHE Main Event = 105th place ($57,010)

–WSOP Event 74:  $10K NLHE 6-Handed Championship = WIN ($814,179 + Bracelet #4)

–WSOP Event 75:  $1,500 NLHE Closer = 320th place ($2,763)

–WSOPE Event 2:  €1,650 NLHE 6-Handed Deepstack = 11th place (€4,640)

–WSOPE Event 3:  €550 PLO 8-Handed = 38th place (€1,224)

–WSOPE Event 6:  €1,650 Mixed PLO/NLHE = 2nd place (€63,731)

–WSOPE Event 7:  €2,200 PLO 8-Handed = 20th place (€3,518)

With points from all of those events tallied per the WSOP POY calculator, Deeb ended up with 5,073.92 points, far ahead of Ben Yu in second place with 3,746.04 points. Joe Cada finished in third place, with John Hennigan in fourth and Scott Bohlman in fifth.

An Honor Nonetheless

While there is no monetary award to go with the WSOP POY victory, Deeb wanted the title. He told CardPlayer in a recent interview that he had been obsessed with tournament leaderboards since vying for the title on PokerStars during the poker boom, and “WSOP is kind of the most important one.”

Even so, Deeb wasn’t excited about the prospect of traveling to the Czech Republic to ensure he earned enough points to secure the title. “It’s probably unprofitable for me to go there,” he said, “when you consider the buy-ins and the travel expenses.” He also noted that multi-tabling during the summer series in Las Vegas was “a minus EV move” but did end up profiting at the end. “I had a lot of fun doing it, and it made for a cool story.”

Despite the seeming lack of excitement in his comments about going to play in WSOP Europe, the trip served its purpose, and he did secure the title of WSOP Player of the Year. And Deeb was grateful to have accomplished that goal.

About Jennifer Newell

Jennifer began writing about poker while working at the World Poker Tour in the mid-2000s. Since then, her freelance writing career has taken her from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back to her hometown of St. Louis, where she now lives with her two dogs. She continues to follow the poker world as she also launches a new subscription box company and finishes her first novel. Jennifer has written for numerous publications including and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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