Shaun Deeb Claims 9th COOP Title on Day of Son's BirthSeptember 13, 2016 1:03 pm
The 2016 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) runs from September 4-26, with more than 80 Events featured on its host site PokerStars. Unfortunately, American players are unable to participate in the action from the USA, resulting in many travelling to other countries in order to join in the fun.
One such player, Shaun Deeb, headed off to Mexico and the trip seems to have paid dividends with the pro having taken down WCOOP-12: $1,050 NL Draw Championship for $22,185. Besides the money, though, Deeb enjoyed a number of victories associated with the win, including tying with Dan “djk123” Kelly for the most WCOOP events won by a player (4), and furthering his own record of holding the most amount of COOP titles (9).
Oh yeah, Shaun Deeb accomplished the feat while his wife was back in the US giving birth to their second child, a healthy boy, appropriately named Chance Deeb. During the birth at 12:51 a.m., Deeb was in contact with his wife, Ashley, via Face Time, and just five minutes of labor later their new child came into the world. With the birth of his healthy 8 pound son, Deeb was then free to overcome a tough final table which included Dzmitry Urbanovich, Eric Wasserson and ‘OLD TIME GIN’ to claim the victory. As Deeb later tweeted:
“so wife face timed me from hospital she just got to apparently she pushed the baby out while they were putting her in the room 5min of labor.”
Being a top poker player requires a great deal of dedication to your profession, which in Deeb’s case means flying over to another country while your wife is about to give birth. Nevertheless, Deeb’s wife seems to have been OK with the choice, although she did seem to take exception to his comment about her short labor time. As she replied to his tweet:
“@shaundeeb don’t you fucking dare say 5 min of labor- I labored at home the past 2 days.”
Shaun Deeb now has $6,418,428 in online tournament earnings, to go with the $2,352,845 he has won playing at live events.