Shaun Deeb Secures 2018 WSOP POY

Shaun Deeb has officially been crowned the 2018 WSOP Player of the Year after a formidable run either side of the Atlantic. In total, the US pro cashed 20 times in the Series, making four final tables and capturing 2 gold bracelets along the way to claim perhaps the most coveted accolade in poker.

Furthermore, Deeb accomplished the impressive feat with room to spare, as even without putting in an appearance at the WSOP Europe, he would have still have had enough points from his WSOP showing to have secured the title. Nevertheless, Deeb was not about to take any chances, despite stating that the trip to the Czech Republic would likely prove unprofitable once buy-ins and travel expenses are included. As Deeb explained ahead of his journey:

“If it was strictly about money, I would never bother going there, but I really want to win POY, and this is the best shot I’ve had at doing it.”

How Did Shaun Deeb Fare at WSOPE?

The 2018 WSOP Europe featured 10 bracelets during its 20-day run. The competition is subsequently drawing to a close and is currently down to just its €10,350 WSOP Europe Main Event, with only 12 players players still in contention.

At the King’s Casino Rozvadov, Deeb subsequently managed to book cashes in four of its tournaments. Firstly, Deeb placed 11th at the €1,650 NLHE 6-Handed Deepstack (Event #2) for €4,640, before managing a 38th place cash at €550 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Max (Event #3) for €1,224.

The New York pro then very nearly added another bracelet to his tally following a remarkable run at €1,650 PLO/NLHE Mix (Event #6). Having navigated himself past a field of 241 players, Deeb eventually found himself heads-up against Hungary’s Norbert Szécsi for the bracelet, but ultimately had to settle for a runner-up finish worth €63,731 ($73,410).

Finally, Deeb finished €2,200 PLO 8-Handed (Event #7) in 20th place for €3,518, and an extra bit of overkill to wrap up his highly successful 2018 WSOP POY campaign.

How Did Sean Deeb Perform at WSOP?

On the Las Vegas side of his run, Deeb cashed an impressive 16 times. While most of these were smaller cashes, the player also captured two bracelets, first at the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller for $1,402,683, and then at the $10,000 NLHE 6 Handed Big Blind Ante for $814,179.

In addition, Deeb made a deep run at the $1,500 No Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw event and eventually finished in 3rd place for $36,330, while he also put in a strong performance at the $10k Main Event, ultimately booking a 105th place finish worth $57,010.

2018 WSOP Player of the Year

Combined with his WSOP Europe results, Deeb subsequently topped the 2018 WSOP POY Leaderboard on 5,073.92 points, with nearest rivals Ben Yu (3,746.04), Joe Cada (3,531.86) and John Hennigan (3,499.91) light years behind. The WSOP Player of the Year award dates back to 2004, and after securing the honor, Deeb now becomes the 11th US player to hold the title, with its only non-Americans winners being Canada’s Daniel Negreanu (2004, 2013), Australia’s Jeff Lisandro (2009), and Germany’s George Danzer (2014).

Meanwhile, US pros winning the award includes Allen Cunningham (2005), Jeff Madsen (2006), Tom Schneider (2007), Erick Lindgren (2009), Frank Kassela (2010), Ben Lamb (2011), Greg Merson (2012), Mike Gorodinsky (2015), Jason Mercier (2016), Chris Ferguson (2017), and now Shaun Deeb (2018).

Shaun Deeb Profile

Shaun Deeb cashed in at his first live tournament in 2006, and has since gone on to amass $6,092,206 in winnings, with $4,290,081 of that amount won at WSOP events. Deeb collected his first winner’s bracelet in 2015 after taking down  $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em for $318,857, and the following year claimed victory at  $1,500 Seven Card Stud for $111,101. While the pro’s winning streak was broken in 2017, he made up for it in 2018 by doubling up his bracelet tally to four overall.

In addition to his WSOP and Live results, Deeb has also won a further $6,778,516 playing online tournaments, two-thirds of which has been won on PokerStars.