Following the victory, the long-time poker pro commented that nobody forced him into any dangerous spots.
“No one really ever put me in a bad spot,” he said. “I was able to control the pot sizes the way I wanted to almost every hand. That really helps, to not get in an inflated pot with a marginal hand.
“Everyone played their best game, I just ran the best. I think I have a great shot at Player of the Year right now so I think I’m gonna battle, hop in every event I can and just enjoy myself.”
Deeb, who’s been playing live tournaments since 2006, didn’t win his first WSOP bracelet until the 2015 $10k PLO Championship.
He was often featured in the ‘greatest poker player to never win a bracelet’ discussions back then. But Deeb’s most-recent victory now gives him three WSOP wins in the last four years.
Deeb Cruises through $25k PLO Eight Max Final Table
Deeb began the final table near the chip lead and never looked back. He personally eliminated Jason Koon (fifth) and James Calderaro (fourth), while Ben Yu ended tournament runs for Ryan Tosoc (sixth) and Scotty Nguyen (third).
Yu and Deeb both had two bracelets to begin the heads-up portion. The two were relatively close in chips, but Deeb has a lot of experience with mixed games. Therefore, he didn’t have too difficult of a time dispatching Yu in this matchup.
2018 WSOP $25k PLO Eight Max Final Table Results
1. Shaun Deeb – $1,402,683
2. Ben Yu – $866,924
3. Scotty Nguyen – $592,875
4. James Calderaro – $414,134
5. Jason Koon – $295,606
6. Ryan Tosoc – $215,718
7. David Benyamine – $161,020
8. Bogdan Capitan – $123,004