For much of the final table, Shaun shaundeebDeeb (pictured) was the chip leader of the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em Championship at the World Series of Poker. The 29-year-old father of one ended up triumphing over arguably the most talented final nine at the 2015 WSOP thus far to claim his first bracelet.
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Deeb told WSOP officials after the final gong, “This was one of the toughest final tables I’ve ever played against. This was the second time I’ve made the final in this $10K PLHE event and to come out on top against these caliber of players was just great.”
Heads-up, Deeb squared off against Paul paulgees81 Volpe, who was the chip leader at the start of heads-up. Deeb said, “It was really special to get this against Paul because we play together all the time. I know he wanted to win, but to get my first against him was just amazing the way it all happened.”
Deeb added, “This is the biggest stage of all, where it’s at in poker and where you have to win to prove yourself. I wanted to cross this off my bucket list for quite some time and I finally took it down.”
Volpe had a slight edge entering heads-up play, but Deeb took a 2:1 lead three hands in and never relinquished it. In a rather interesting hand, on a board of A-5-2-7-5, Volpe bet pot and Deeb insta-shoved over the top. Despite being left with less than one small blind, Volpe folded and Deeb showed pocket aces. He was eliminated three hands later. Deeb took a picture of the massive difference in chip stacks, captioning the image “LOL.” It’s pictured to the left.
Volpe collected his third cash of the 2015 WSOP. Incredibly, he has already recorded two runner-up finishes, as he took second to Keith Lehr in the $10,000 Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em Championship as well. Volpe won a bracelet last year in a No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball event.
The final table of the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em event had three bracelet winners, including Greg gregy20723Merson, who won the Main Event in 2012. The tournament was the first on the 2015 WSOP schedule that did not have a female in it.
As we said at the top, the New Yorker is now married with a kid, which has apparently changed his poker game. Deeb explained, “I got married and had a child within the last couple of years. That changes things. I’m a family man, now. I play a little tighter than I used to. I have a better time playing now.”
Here’s how the final table shook out:
1. Shaun shaundeebDeeb – $318,857
2. Paul paulgees81Volpe – $197,048
3. Jason Les – $142,747
4. Sam KingKobeMVP Stein – $105,364
5. Greg gregy20723Merson – $79,182
6. Dario Sammartino – $60,545
7. Kristijonas Andrulis – $47,081
8. Ismael Bojang – $37,227
9. Jason JAKoon1985 Koon – $29,911