Shaun Deeb

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Total life earnings: $7,714,011. Latest cash: $6,955 on 29-Jul-2020. Click here to see the details of Shaun Deeb's 149 cashes. RT @gsinishtaj: @shaundeeb Hahahaha thanks Shaun!!!! January 24, 2021 15:20. Realize tweet more confusing than most of. The questions refer to rumors about Elezra owing money to Shaun Deeb and others, with some of that material coming from this Two Plus Two thread, and this Crush Live Poker podcast. Elezra responded by addressing the Deeb allegations and the rumors of his debts in general. Shaun Deeb aka shaundeeb on Pokerstars - See shaundeeb's player profile to learn more about him, his poker results, biggest hands, latest opponents and more.

Shaun Deeb

was born 23 years ago in Troy, New York. The internet legend who plays online under his real name 'shaundeeb' might only be a young man, but he has undoubtedly made a name for himself in the online poker tournament scene.

Shaun Deeb started playing poker when he was 19 years old. He deposited $30 online and took a look around to see what was on offer. In an unbelievable streak he turned that first and only deposit to date into $33,000 in just two weeks. Of course this is a one-of-a-kind story, but even more so because his good run has continued to this day.

When taking a look at the sheer endless list of cashes and tournaments played by Shaun Deeb on PokerStars alone, it becomes evident how quickly Shaun managed to get a good feel for the game. Because his bankroll experienced such an immediate boost, Shaun was able to play bigger tournaments that also offered larger cash prizes. There was only a very short time span between Shaun Deeb playing the $0.10 tourneys and him moving up to tournaments like the Sunday Million.

It did, however, take a while before Shaun Deeb could comfortably buy-in to the Sunday Million and the other big Sunday tournaments. It was during 2007 that Shaun Deeb really started to get a hang of the game, and by the end of the year he scored his biggest cash to that point after finishing 2nd in the Sunday $1,000 tournament for $53,000, followed by two more cashes of more than $12,000 during the next week. During this same period he also won $84,000 on Full Tilt Poker after taking down a $1,050 tournament.

Because of the huge volume of tournaments that Shaun Deeb is playing, it has often been suggested that he might have played the most tournaments of all poker players worldwide, round about 100,000 in total. As a result, he was able to gather a lot of experience in a very short amount of time, especially when it comes to multi-tabling. Playing more than one table at a time is no problem anymore for Shaun Deeb, and every now and then you can catch him playing up to 30 MTT's at one time.

By the time Shaun Deeb turned 21, he also started focussing his attention on the live poker scene. Although he reached some payouts during the World Series of Poker, the man who is so used to mouse clicks behind a computer has yet to make a big impact in live poker tournaments. In the online poker world the name Shaun Deeb won't be forgotten very soon, after standing atop the weekly leaderboard on PokerStars five times already, and not to forget his win of the yearly PokerStars leaderboard in 2008 with an unprecedented top score of 42,000 points.

As you can see, 2008 was a very successful year for Shaun Deeb, in which he managed to secure some very important cashes, including $102,543 on Mai 11th after winning a $215 freeze-out and $144,000 after taking down the WCOOP Omaha Hi/Lo Event. As a result of these and many other big wins during the course of 2008, he secured himself the top spot of the PokerStars annual leaderboard and with it, a place in the history books. Shaun Deeb also likes to pop round to Full Tilt Poker every now and then, where he, amongst many other successes, also managed to take down an FTOPS Event for $115,000 – all in all, not a bad year for Shaun Deeb.

The year 2009 has only just begun, and it already seems like Shaun Deeb is just continuing where he left off at the end of last year. In the past three month Shaun Deeb has managed to win the $109 rebuy on Full Tilt Poker two times already, in addition to a win of a $215 freeze-out. On PokerStars he's already won four packages to the EPT Monte Carlo Event and he took down the $100 rebuy and freeze-out twice as well, two tourneys renowned for their strong playing fields.


You could call Shaun Deeb a boring grinder, but this is someone who is just completely devoted to what he is doing, which is also why there are no crazy cowboy stories to tell about this young guy who is bound to make it very far in the poker world.

To date, Shaun Deeb has won more than $3,000,000 through online poker. Of course it isn't always easy keeping track of all the various sites Shaun Deeb is playing on, but what we do know is that this man is the biggest winner of the past three years when it comes to online poker tournaments.

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Shaun Deeb is a rare example of a successful online grinder with a genuinely interesting personality. While many other young players tend to act in a very reserved manner when playing at a live poker table, Deeb's demeanor is more akin to that of a seasoned live pro, with all the good and bad things that come with it.

Shaun is known for his controversial love of slow plays, but we also remember him as a good, jovial guy who bought his 91-year-old grandmother a spot in the 2011 WSOP Main Event. While Shaun has some impressive tournament results including 2 WSOP bracelets, his live tournament earnings are relatively small when compared to other top professionals.

That being said, Deeb's online accomplishments are significantly more spectacular including numerous WCOOP, SCOOP and FTOPS wins. A good mix of both live and online results coupled with many years of relevance (considering Shaun's young age) are the reasons why we should take a closer look at Shaun Deeb's poker strategy.

A History Lesson

If we considered what transpired in this hand without any information about the players and their history we'd most likely conclude that participants were either crazy or careless or worse.

While the squeeze play with JTs from a young aggressive pro is easy to justify (despite the fact that this particular hand might work better in the calling range) and calling a 4bet with such a good odds is fairly standard, shoving over the top of a flop cbet with a second pair type hand can't possibly be a +EV proposition in a vacuum. Shaun Deeb decided to take an extremely narrow line which is often a mark of an extremely good player.

Phil Laak was a perfect partner for this crime and the fact that Deeb's hand included some premium blockers was relatively important given how thin his play was.

Old School Pot-Control

Turns out that Shaun Deeb is a flexible poker player with both extremely narrow, ultra-aggressive lines and fairly mundane yet important pot-control patterns in his repertoire. In this particular hand, Shaun managed to restrain himself from betting the flop in a spot where many inexperienced players tend to overvalue the relative strength of their hand.


Deeb decided to play this hand like a way ahead/way behind situation and that allowed him to lose the minimum amount even with unlucky card hitting the river.

The ability to dynamically ramp up and slow down the aggression is something that many other young players lack and that's one of the reasons that separates Shaun Deeb from the rest of the pack.

A Touch of Heroism

Another example of a disciplined and profitable play by Shaun Deeb. The hand started with a call that was no doubt +EV, and while the presence of a straddleWheel of fortune 2020. might tempt a lot of players to go over the top Shaun went with a more conservative option that was most likely tailored to the specific table dynamic.

The flop once again showed that Deeb is great at correctly assessing the relative strength of his hand in multiway pots, which is especially important when one doesn't have the absolute position at the table.

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Lack of aggression on the flop was a good enough of a reason for Shaun to value bet the turn and Alec Torelli decided to make the hand interesting by turning his hand into a bluff. While his intentions were good and his hand selection solid, the fact that he gave up the betting lead on the flop made it hard for Alec to represent a strong range with his turn raise and river follow up.

Shaun Deeb picked up on that fact and managed to grace our eyes with a very nice and profitable hero call.

Slowplay You Pay?

Like we've already mentioned Shaun Deeb loves to slowplay his opponents. While this practice is frowned upon by the majority of the player population there are some legitimate strategic reasons for slowplaying. General wisdom suggests that in order to maximize profits one should try to keep the players at the table as happy as possible.

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This might be the optimal approach for most players but Shaun Deeb is not like most players. His extremely aggressive playstyle can work even better when his opponents are on edge and a small sacrifice in popularity might well be worth the additional EV. That being said, it's also possible that there's no master plan behind Deeb's love of slowplay.

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It might be a really nasty habit of making the same bad joke over and over again which only goes to show that edges in poker might not be as tiny as we all think.