Can Shaun Deeb Win WSOP Player of the Year?

The WSOPE kicked off the first of ten bracelet events in Rozvadov with Bracelet Event #1: WSOP Europe Collusus. With a €550 buy-in, you might not think the Collosus is worth the candle for most US players, that instead they might instead wait a few days and come down on the weekend when the first four-digit buy-in game has its day one.

By: Jon Pill

But Shaun Deeb was most definitely there from the offing. For him, it’s not just about the money.

This year Deeb’s up top in the WSOP POY stakes and he’s hungry for that trophy. He recently told in an interview that he’s “always cared about leaderboards, from day one in poker. [...] I’ve won a lot of leaderboards throughout my career, and the WSOP is kind of the most important one. There isn’t a monetary prize with it, but I still want it.”

As well as raising some eyebrows with his multi-tabling antics at the US WSOP – where he managed to be in the money in two tournaments at once, something he described as “the most impressive thing I did this summer” – he also racked up some major results. He got 15 cashes (for ~$2.4 million) including two bracelets, a 2nd place finish, a 3rd place finish, and a deep run in the Main Event where he took 105th.

Even so, it’s still a tight race with players like Ben Yu and Joe Cada in hot pursuit. For now though, it’s Deeb’s to lose.


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