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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.

Phil Hellmuth misses Bracelet #12 Again in Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Earlier in the month, all-time WSOP bracelet leader Phil Hellmuth was going for bracelet #12 in the 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship. Unfortunately for Hellmuth, he narrowly missed out on a chance to extend his lead after John Juanda trounced him heads-up. However, the poker gods gave Hellmuth yet another shot at glory on the final table of the Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship.

The star-studded final table featured the Poker Brat, John Racener, Ted Forrest, David Benyamine and Ali Eslami. But Hellmuth was able to work his way through this stellar lineup, and into a heads-up match with Eric Rodawig. Interestingly enough though, it was the unheralded Rodawig who walked away with the bracelet when everything was over with.

The big story here is obviously the fact that Hellmuth finished runner-up for the second time in this WSOP. And for a guy who’s on a four-year bracelet drought, this isn’t good news. On the other hand, it’s not like he had a chip advantage going into the heads-up match since Rodawig led nearly 3-1. Plus the Poker Brat is leading the WSOP Player of the Year standings, which is encouraging.

Before we make this whole post about Hellmuth, the bracelet win is huge for Eric Rodawig, who has just three live tournament cashes in his career. Before winning the Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship, Rodawig didn’t really have any significant tournaments titles. With the big cash here, Rodawig now has $485k in career winnings.

Here is a look at the final table results from the Seven Cards Stud Hi-Lo Championship:

1. Eric Rodawig – $442,183
2. Phil Hellmuth – $273,233
3. John Racener – $171,122
4. Ted Forrest – $123,904
5. David Benyamine – $96,836
6. Mikhail Savinov – $77,222
7. Joe Tehan – $62,710
8. Ali Eslami – $51,750
9. Antony Lellouche – $43,317