EPT Monte Carlo: The Unbearable Lightness of Deeb

There was a time when people said Deeb and the poker world thought, "Freddy." Though the Lebanese Deeb is here in Monte Carlo, too, he is sharing the last name and Day 2 action with a Deeb of a different kind.

As the dinner break ended, young Shaun Deeb sat down and played the first four out of five hands. It is a significant stat for anyone else. For Deeb, though, entering a hand is like taking a breath. It's natural. The converse, like holding one's breath in fiery lungs, is an unnatural and decidedly uncomfortable feeling. Hence, Deeb does what feels natural and jumps in any place he can. The only people who are uncomfortable are the people he faces.


It's worth mentioning Deeb only won one of the four pots he entered post-repast. Still, he is, in a word, unruffled. It's as if he has grasped some odd reality that few people outside the poker world can comprehend--that somehow the decisions he makes now will not only not matter tomorrow, but won't matter in 30 seconds. At least, that's how he presents himself. Win, lose, right decision, wrong decision, his face looks like he just discovered his milk had turned sour in the fridge. It stinks, but it's nothing he can't correct with a quick trip the the Value Town Grocery.


If, by some quirk of cave living, you don't know Shaun Deeb, you would do yourself a favor to check him out. He's young by live circuit standards, but there are many people who consider him to be the best online tournament player in the world. In 2007, Deeb won the year-long Tournament Leader Board competition. He helped Team USA win the PokerStars World Cup of Poker in the same year. He sees more tournament hands in some days than most people see all year long. He's been known to play every tournament PokerStars runs... simultaneously...all day long.

It's not been too long since Deeb turned 21, so his live poker stats don't ring as loud. He looks to change that this week. He may give off existentialist air as he sits at the table. His opponents, though, would do best to not take him lightly.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in EPT Monte Carlo