Shaun Deeb had more than one reason to celebrate earlier this month, after clinching his second PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker title in two years, and almost simultaneously welcoming his second child into the world. While Deeb was hard at work maintaining his position as one of the top online players, his wife Ashley was in a completely different country giving birth to a baby boy, Chance.
Deeb outlasted a field of 95 entrants (70 players with 25 re-entries) to win Event #12, the $1,050 No Limit Draw Championship. This was his fourth career WCOOP title and he took home $22,185.60 for his efforts.
“My wife and Chance are doing well,” said Deeb, “They were out of the hospital within 24 hours as my wife had to get home to our other son Evan.”
“We really struggle on names, as we know so many people in the poker world that often I have a reason why we don’t want to name our kids a certain name,” said Deeb. “But in this instance, Chance Kornuth is a good friend of ours and we really like unique names.”
From the field of 95 just 11 spots were paid, with the likes of Adam ‘adamyid’ Owen, Andrey ‘Kroko-dill’ Zaichenko, and Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier cashing just short of the final table. Deeb came into the final table as chip leader, but faced competition from two former 2014 WCOOP winners in Dzmitry ‘Colisea’ Urbanovich and ‘scuel1975’.
“The final table went well and I had a lot of chips most of the time,” said Deeb who went into heads-up with just 383,462 chips compared to his opponent ‘OLD TIME GIN’, who had 1,516,538.
“Even with the deficit I had chip-wise, I was able to figure out how my opponent was playing his ranges. No Limit Draw is a two street game and I had plenty of big blinds, so I could play a lot of hands to showdown, which really helped.”
Deeb took advantage of being dealt a flush and standing pat to FaceTime his wife and slow roll the final hand.
“As many of your readers know, I love slow rolling, and to get the chance to do it for the win was just so great,” said Deeb. “My wife didn’t have her laptop with her in hospital at the time as she’s usually sweating the final tables.”
shipped the nldraw got to slowroll final hand to face time wife to show her i gave her the push present she wanted gg to oldtimegin
— shaun deeb (@shaundeeb) September 8, 2016
Deeb said that hadn’t had the best series, winning only a small amount since his win. “Also (that event) was such a small field and buy-in, and I had to miss the week of the big events due to a family situation,” said Deeb.
The New York native is well known for his abilities in a variety of poker variants. Seven of his nine COOP wins have come in different games including HORSE and Triple Stud.
“I think the single draw variants are very strong for me, not because of my own knowledge, but more the lack of knowledge for those that I am playing against,” said Deeb. “I’ve been playing Five Card Draw for a long time, and am very comfortable in the game either in No Limit or Limit.”
“I think that all forms of poker are great and I hope that more people get away from No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha, and experiment. I think they’ll like the different games more,” said Deeb. “Most people got into poker for the way that it got their mind working, and No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha stop you from thinking so deeply.”
Deeb plans to spend the rest of the year relaxing with his family, before heading to the PokerStars Championship in the Bahamas in January.