PCA 2013: Will Shaun Deeb finally take that big money live title?
If you were to discount the One Drop tournament then today marks Shaun Deeb's largest tournament score - and he hasn't even been knocked out yet. Although the records show that Deeb's largest score is a $1,000,000 for his second-place finish in a mega satellite into the One Drop tournament, Deeb's second most lucrative pay day playing live was at EPT Kiev back in 2009 for €60,000 ($85,183). There are nine players remaining in the €25,000 High Roller with $99,960 already locked up and the chance of taking the $1,424,420 first place prize. Just one more player needs to fall before an end is brought to proceedings tonight and action is paused until the live stream begins tomorrow.
Deeb, playing under the say-what-you-see screen name 'shaundeeb', has racked up $3,723,184 in online tournament winnings at PokerStars and has bossed entire online festivals. Although he's won an extremely creditable $ 1,898,761 in live tournaments - $1m of which was in that One Drop satellite - there's always been a grudging regard that Deeb still needs to prove he can do it live.
That big title has continued to elude him despite obvious and prodigious poker talent. A second place finish in the PCA Bounty Shootout two years ago to Sam Chartier brought him close but here in 2013 Deeb is increasingly well positioned to give the title a fair crack. He's currently around third in chips. No, scratch that - he's just won an enormous pot from Micah Raskin for the chip lead and is up to 2,400,000. Is this the tournament where that variance finally enjoys a big uptick?
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Rick Dacey is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.