Posts Tagged ‘Shaun Deeb’

Forbes tabs Jay Farber as 2013’s Chris Moneymaker

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

The poker world has yet to find another Chris Moneymaker, who inspired a boom after winning the 2003 WSOP Main Event. And while it doesn’t look like a Moneymaker replica is coming any time soon, Forbes thinks that Jay Farber could come pretty close.

Forbes recently documented Farber’s rise from a Las Vegas VIP host to the runner-up in the 2013 WSOP Main Event. They described how a man with just $2,155 in poker winnings prior to the Main Event worked his way into a position where he could collect a $5,174,357 payout.

Thanks to his big finish and VIP host job, Farber has now been able to rub elbows with some big-time pros and increase his status in the poker world. “I’m lucky to have a lot of support from a number of pro players,” he told Forbes. “My lifestyle and my job has allowed me to meet and become friends with a number of great players, and they’ve been coaching me and offering advice.”

Some of the pros whom Farber is talking about include Ben Lamb, Shaun Deeb, Keith Ferrer and Brent Roberts. And it’s likely that the 29-year-old will continue befriending poker pros along the way.

Now, as Forbers wonders, the big question will be whether or not Jay Farber ingrains himself in the poker world. If so, maybe he can become the amateur to poker star that Moneymaker did a decade ago.

Of course, it won’t be nearly to the degree that Moneymaker inspired, when millions of people took up the game after seeing him win the ME. But based on his interesting day job and new-found poker success, Jay Farber could definitely be an inspiration to new players who are just starting out.

Where do Shaun Deeb’s Five Scoop Titles fit into Poker Lore?

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

If you’ve been paying attention to the poker news lately, you may have heard that Shaun Deeb has pulled off the incredible feat of winning four tournaments in PokerStars’ 2012 SCOOP. In all, he’s now captured a total of five SCOOP victories, which is two better than anybody else in online poker history. That said, it’s worth looking into where Shaun Deeb’s five SCOOP titles (more specifically four in a year) rank in poker lore.

Deeb’s Take on the Matter

If you ask Shaun Deeb himself, he doesn’t think the four SCOOP titles that he won in a single year is all that impressive. He modestly said, “It’s not as sick as everyone is making it out to be. All fields were under 100 people, and the events had amazing structures. A lot of (opponents) aren’t full-time mixed-game players.”

Even though Deeb himself may not think these wins are sick, you still have to consider that he’s survived four fields of extremely tough poker pros en route to an amazing 2012 SCOOP. Furthermore, nobody else has done anything like this in online poker tournaments in such a short span.

About the only knock against his accomplishments is that the wins occurred in tourneys where field sizes ranged from around 75-150 players. Still…not exactly easy when you consider the competition.

Other Historic Tournament Accomplishments

While it’s difficult to gauge where four SCOOP wins in a year ranks, it should be noted that he won these tourneys at a time where poker is extremely tough from a competition standpoint. So how would he compare to three-time WSOP bracelet winners in a single year?

Well the last person to do this, Jeffrey Lisandro, pulled off the feat in 2009 while facing a number of smaller mixed game fields. That’s actually pretty close to what Deeb dealt with in his SCOOP tournaments, except he won one extra tournament and was most likely facing a little tougher competition online. Sure nobody’s going to argue that SCOOP wins are more prestigious than WSOP bracelets, but four SCOOP titles in a year is comparable to three WSOP wins.

How about Erik Seidel’s 2011 year, in which he won four major live tournaments and finished high-up in several others – en route to $6.5 million in winnings. Honestly, we won’t compare Deeb’s four SCOOP wins in a year to this, but we will say that some of Seidel’s wins came in the glorified SNG’s known as Super High Roller tournaments. Overall though, we have to hand it to Seidel here.

Sparing you any further list of historical poker triumphs, we’ll just say that Shaun Deeb’s SCOOP wins deserve a big place in poker history, but maybe not as high as something like Seidel’s magical year.

Vegas Inc covers Online Poker Move to Canada

Monday, August 8th, 2011

As we discussed at the beginning of August, several prominent online poker pros like Phil Galfond, Cole South and Dan “Jungleman12” Cates have either moved to Canada, or are in the process of moving to Canada. This being said, the website Vegas Inc did a good story on this subject entitled “Exodus of Online Poker Players under way.”

This article revolved around how lots of Las Vegas poker pros are seriously considering going up north because the live poker game just isn’t the same. Vegas Inc wrote the following:

Las Vegas became a favored home base for many poker professionals because of the concentration of big-money poker games, tournaments and all-hours access to amenities and entertainment. Many online players also play poker in casinos — although those who make most of their money in virtual poker rooms have little use for the typically slower and more expensive games offered in Las Vegas casinos.

Tony Dunst, who not only plays online poker professionally, but also works for the WPT, had plenty more to say on why Las Vegas-based online poker pros hate the live game so much. He said, “Live (casino) poker is really slow and monotonous, and the casino setting is generally unpleasant. You’re sitting in a chair for nine hours around people you might not like or want to listen to.”

He finished by adding, “For people like us who play eight to 20 games at a time from the comfort of our own home … your buddies are around and you can watch movies and order food. You can talk strategy and communicate with friends from all over the world.”

Shaun Deeb was also featured heavily in this article, and he looks to be the next big-time pro to make the jump to Canada. Deeb told Vegas Inc, “I used to play poker for 100 hours a week. Every day I sit around I get more motivated to leave.” With over $6 million in online poker tournament winnings, it would be stupid for Deeb not to leave for the greener pastures in Canada.

Assuming you want to see more from the Vegas Inc article, you can check it out here.