Shaun Deeb notches another big win in Event #25
Some professional internet players have become famous enough that their screen names are widely known without introduction, like ElkY. If you sit down across the table from ElkY, you know you're facing Team PokerStars Pro Bertran Grospellier. Some players have achieved such heights of live success that their online anonymity is shot, like Greg "Fossilman" Raymer. And some online players have never bothered with hiding their identity at all, like World Championship of Online Poker Event #25 Champion Shaun Deeb, who plays on PokerStars under, of all things, "shaundeeb."
Deeb is certainly one of the most well-known online tournament pros, with multiple six-figure cashes to his credit this year. In the past two years, Deeb has added live tournaments to his game, cashing multiple times at the WSOP and actually missing his flight to the WSOP-Europe to finish WCOOP Event #25. "The $144K helps to offset the costs," he joked. Deeb claimed his Pot Limit Omaha WCOOP bracelet in a stacked field that included another deep run by Team PokerStars Pros ElkY and Dario Minieri as well as fellow internet legend Cliff "JohnnyBax" Josephy.
Deeb has been playing on PokerStars for about three years, around the time he turned pro. He picked up the game from friends and used internet forums to hone his game as he's become one of the most respected young players in the world. Even with a casino close to his upstate New York home, Deeb prefers online play because "I could play games at my house at any stakes any time of the day." He admits that playing only online can be a bit of a grind "but a fun one. I just need my right supplies and I can play for a long time."
Deeb sees the transition to live success as his next challenge, and admits that "a lot of live pros scare me because they've far more in their 20 years as a pro at the tables than I have when it comes to reading people and the psychology of live poker." Even though he considers himself to have had less success in live tournaments than online (where his success is indisputable), Deeb did guarantee a final table at either the WSOP-Europe or the EPT London! We have no doubts in his ability to make good on his guarantee, as Deeb's live resume is fast catching up to his internet success! Congratulations to Shaun Deeb, WCOOP Event #25 Champion!