Shaun Deeb: The WSOP end boss with six bracelets

Terrance Reid
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Posted on: June 14, 2023 2:13 pm EDT

Shaun Deeb won’t be retiring anytime soon.

Deeb has done it again; he won bracelet number six last night in Event #27: $1,500 Eight-Game Mix. Surrounded by supporters and playful needling, he further established himself as one of the fiercest competitors you’ll find late in any WSOP event.

It was only a few days ago that Josh Arieh won his fifth bracelet, building on his own impressive resume. The two friendly competitors love the camaraderie and competition that they give each other during the series.

After Arieh’s win, Deeb claimed that he would get bracelet number six before Arieh did or he would hang up his shiny hat and ride off into the sunset. We all knew that could never happen, the WSOP without a deep run from Deeb wouldn’t be the same. Still, the claim must have added extra fire under the perennial contender, because he secured that sixth bracelet within the week.

$1,500 Eight-Game Mix final table results

1Shaun DeebUnited States$198,854
2Aloisio DouradoBrazil$122,910
3Kyle LomanUnited States$84,329
4John BunchUnited States$58,888
5Daniel StrelitzUnited States$41,867
6Craig CarrilloUnited States$30,315

Poker is better with friends

Deeb enjoyed plenty of support from other greats during his winning run. The likes of Josh Arieh, Daniel Negreanu, Veronica Brill, and many others showed their support to the long-time poker ambassador.

“You know what he’s thinking right now?” asked railbird Arieh when Deeb was heads up. “He got through all these people and now he has to finish the end boss.”

“He said he wanted to play me,” responded Deeb.

“Well, he got the wish. Let’s fuckin’ go,” said Arieh.

Josh Arieh
Josh Arieh is a great man to have in your corner

Get yourself someone that supports you like Arieh, even though a Deeb win would mean a re-separation of the two in terms of bracelets won.

Phil Hellmuth chimed in this morning with an astute point on Twitter.

Phil Hellmuth says it for all of us

It’s something we all intuitively felt, something we know when we witness it. Poker is better when the best of the best rally around each other in support. That showcase of camaraderie, friendly competition, and downright love between competitors sets the example for what poker can be for all of us.

Six bracelets in eight years

All of Deeb’s bracelets have come since 2015, an incredible feat. His threat of retirement would have been a travesty because it seems there’s no slowing his domination of the summer series.

Shaun Deeb
Shaun Deeb mixes humility with dominance, adding in just the right amount of witty needles

Deeb, ever the professional, humbly acknowledged how much luck there is in these tournaments post-victory. Still, the results speak for themselves. Deeb consistently puts himself in position, he shows up, and he puts in the work. “Luck” tends to come to those who put in the work in this game.

All of Shaun Deeb’s bracelets

YearEvent wonPrize
2015$10k Pot-Limit Hold’em Championship$318,857
2015$1,500 Seven-Card Stud$111,101
2018$25k Pot-Limit Omaha Eight-Handed High Roller$1,402,683
2018$10k No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed Championship$814,179
2021$25k High Roller Pot-Limit Omaha$1,251,860
2023$1,500 Eight-Game Mix Six-Handed$198,854

Congratulations on bracelet number six, Shaun. We’re glad you’re not retiring, don’t scare us like that again. We want to see how many more you add in the years to come.