Barry Shulman Tells All About His Career

Barry Shulman, well-known poker player and Cardplayer magazine owner, has appeared on the Docs Sports Happy Hour Show. The two-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner opened up about how he came to poker back in the early nineties and forged a successful career in the industry, both as a player and a businessman.

By: Mark Patrickson

Shulman was playing live poker long before the boom when he moved to Las Vegas nearly three decades ago to play golf and cards. Golf soon fell by the wayside after a lack of coordination hampered any further improvement on his skillset.

It didn’t take the shrewd real estate professional long to realise that poker was going places and the internet was sure to fire up a boom. With this in mind he used a chunk of his retirement money to buy Cardplayer magazine and still runs it today, 20 years after the purchase.

While the first bracelet win came in 2001, it was the WSOP Europe Main Event where people started to sit up and take notice of the American. Shulman was at a final table with the likes of Daniel Negreau and Jason Mercier and finally pulled off the famous victory in his mid-sixties for $1.3 million.

Less than a year later, he was flying home from the 2010 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure with another prize of the same value. The whole chain of events was started off by his wife suggesting, on a whim, that it would be nice to try and get both father and son at both WSOP Main Event final tables in the same year.

Today, he sits with more than $5.5 million in live tournament winnings. Impressive. Barry Shulman is one of poker’s true gentlemen. A rare breed in today’s game.


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