Shaun Deeb the First Player to Win 2 Bracelets at 2018 WSOP

Shaun Deeb the First Player to Win 2 Bracelets at 2018 WSOP

One has to look back to 1999 to find the last time a World Series of Poker was held that did not produce a double-bracelet winner, with those players most recently achieving the feat including Brian Hastings in 2015, Jason Mercier in 2016, and David Bach in 2017.

Just as it looked like this unbroken record stretching back almost two decades was about to finally be broken, Shaun Deeb has kept the remarkable record going following a victory at Event #74: Big Blind Antes $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship for $814,179. As the New York pro commented after his stunning performance:

“This year has just been ridiculous. To win two tough events, you know.. I said it after the PLO and I’m going to say it again. It still isn’t going to sink in until I’m home, but this is exactly the summer I came out here to do.”

Four Time Bracelet Winner

Shaun Deeb’s first bracelet win came in 2015 at $10,000 WSOP Pot Limit Hold’em for $318,857, while the following year he took down $1,500 WSOP Seven Card Stud for $111,101. The year 2017, however, subsequently proved a dry one for the 32 year-old pro, but he has since made up for that by becoming a double winner at this year’s World Series of Poker.

On June 22, Deeb overcame a field of 230 players at $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha to walk away with a huge top prize of $1,402,683. With less than a handful of tournaments yet to play, the pro then repeated his winning performance at $10,000 No Limit Hold’em – 6 Handed Big Blind Ante, managing to best a field of 355 to claim a top prize of $814,179.

In total, Deeb has now cashed 15 times at the 2018 WSOP for a combined $2,455,600 in earnings. He even made a deep run at the $10k Main Event, eventually being eliminated in 105th out of 7,874 players for a $57,010 payday.

Overall, the pro now has $5,438,241 in live career winnings, to go with the $6,599,434 he was won online playing tournaments under the screen name Shaundeeb.

Big Blind Antes $10k NLHE 6-Handed

The Big Blind Antes $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship had a total prize pool of $3,337,000, and featured 54 money places. Amongst the notable pros seeing a return on their buy-ins was Michael Mizrachi in 38th ($16,911), Loni Harwood in 32nd ($18,982), Dominik Nitsche in 20th ($26,424), Anthony Zinno in 17th ($32,700), Sam Greenwood in 11th ($41,721), and Michael Watson in 9th ($54,831).

At the final table, Paul Volpe (A-K) sent John Andress (A-8) to the rail in 6th, while Sean Deeb (A-5) eliminated Scott Margereson (J-8) in 5th. Romain Lewis (K-J) then took care of Bin Duan (8-8) in 4th, before moving all-in preflop holding K-9 against Volpe (A-10), and being eliminated himself  in 3rd after the board rolled out J-Q-J-8-6.

Shaun Deeb vs Paul Volpe

Both Shaun Deeb and Paul Volpe had three WSOP bracelets apiece going into heads-up, with both players also looking for their second bracelet of the summer. Also like Deeb, Volpe, too, has enjoyed impressive results throughout his career in both the live arena ($7,372,566), and online ($5,372,484).

During their heads-up battle, both players held the chip lead at some stage, but by the time the final hand arose Deeb held a 13.8m to 4.2m chip advantage over his remaining opponent. In the hand in question, Deeb (Kh-4c) raised preflop, and received a call from Volpe holding Ks-7c. The 4s-3d-6s flop then saw Volpe check-raise Deeb all-in, and after the latter made the call, an Ah and 2h on turn and river sealed the victory for Deeb.

Final Table Results

1: Shaun Deeb $814,179
2: Paul Volpe $503,196
3: Romain Lewis $325,842
4: Bin Duan $216,370
5: Scott Margereson $147,431
6: John Andress $103,152

WSOP Player Of The Year

As a result of his latest victory, Deeb now moves atop the 2018 WSOP Player Of The Year (POY) leaderboard on 4,274.21 points, and commenting upon his current standing, explained:

“I’ve always focused on leaderboards. It’s always been a pride of my grinding ability. This was an intense year. I still might have to go to Rozvadov because John Hennigan still has chips in the H.O.R.S.E. tournament. It’s like a boxing match. Every time I throw a jab, he counters back, and now he’s coming for first place in that horse. He’ll always be in striking distance.”

Pennsylvania pro John Hennigan already has 5 WSOP bracelets to his name, one of which was won this year at $10,000 H.O.R.S.E for $414,692. He also finished second at the $50,000 Poker Players Championship for $ 765,837.

In the end, however, Hennigan finished in 11th place at Event #76: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. for $11,456 and 182.42 points, meaning that Deeb still maintains daylight between himself and nearest rivals being Ben Yu (3,746.04), and John Hennigan (3,380.22).

Meanwhile, Deeb is back action again today on Day 2 of Event #75: $1,500 The Closer No-Limit Hold’em (30 minute levels). Nevertheless, so is John Hennigan, with both players currently enjoying healthy stacks.