Approaching $7M in live tournament earnings by the close of 2010, Freddy Deeb's cautiously methodical style of play - analyzing each hand with the dutiful precision of an investor - has turned the Lebanese-born professional poker player's career of necessity into an abundantly successful business venture.
At the age of 19, Freddy Deeb (born Kassem Deeb) was sent to the United States by his parents to study mechanical engineering, due to his promising talent in the field. Ultimately settling on Utah State University, Deeb's college career and source of funds soon suffered a devastating blow when civil war erupted in Lebanon in 1975.
For two years, the civil unrest in his home country impeded all contact with Deeb's family, who had been providing his college and living expenses. Restricted by his student visa from gaining employment, Deeb turned to gambling in Nevada to support himself.
Working his way up as a cash game grinder after Deeb realized that the casino games were far riskier than poker, he eventually branched out into poker tournaments; along the way gaining essential skills in multiple poker forms. While cash games have always been where the day-to-day money is at for Freddy Deeb, the grueling tournaments - many of which can last for days - have also provided a rewarding and profitable bonus; especially at the final table.
Throughout Freddy Deeb's poker career of more than 30 years, he has gained accolades on two of the largest tournament circuits in the world; the WSOP and the WPT. In 1996, Deeb scored his first World Series of Poker bracelet when he outlasted a final table that included such noteworthy names as Doyle Brunson, David Grey, and Gabe Kaplan to win the $5,000+$80 No Limit Deuce to Seven Lowball event. Deeb's second WSOP bracelet was awarded in what is considered by many to be the most prestigious of WSOP events; the $50,000 HORSE World Championship, in 2007.
Landing his first World Poker Tour title in the Aruba Poker Classic WPT No Limit Hold'em championship event in 2005, Freddy Deeb added $1,000,000 to his ever growing career tournament winnings. Deeb went on to claim his second WPT title in 2009 at the LA Poker Classic No Limit Hold'em WPT Invitational.
Over the years, Freddy Deeb has earned well over $3M, and cashed 29 times in the World Series of Poker, by the end of 2010. In that time, he has also amassed more than $2M in his 13 WPT cashes. Between the WSOP and the WPT, Freddy has accumulated just under $6M of his impressive $6,984,927 in live tournament money finishes, as of December 2010.
In the early days of his career, the nickname "Freddy" emerged when a brush couldn't correctly spell Kassem on a poker room waiting list. Deeb's friend interceded, telling the brush that his name was Freddy. More than thirty years later, the name Freddy Deeb is deeply ingrained upon the world of professional high stakes poker