Six is Sweet For Shaun Deeb in Event #27: $1,500 Eight Game Mix
Just a few days ago, Josh Arieh won his fifth World Series of Poker bracelet in the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship. Shaun Deeb, in a friendly boast, then made a promise: he would get to number 6 before Arieh or would retire.
It took only a few days, but Deeb can now take a deep breath. Deeb emerged as the champion of Event #27: $1,500 Eight Game Mix after one of the most tension-filled final hands in recent memory, earning $198,854 and his sixth WSOP bracelet that puts him in some elite company including the likes of Daniel Negreanu. And Arieh, as well as Negreanu, was there on the rail to witness it.
“It was only, what, four days ago, three days ago, I don’t even remember,” Deeb said about his wager with Arieh. “Battling with your friends is so much fun. The camaraderie. Me and Josh are family men the rest of the year. So we come out here, we have fun, we bullshit, we see each other, we’re talking trash all the time in our group chat. When he won five, it definitely lit a fire.”
Final Table Results
|1||Shaun Deeb||United States||$198,854|
|3||Kyle Loman||United States||$84,329|
|4||John Bunch||United States||$58,888|
|5||Daniel Strelitz||United States||$41,867|
|6||Craig Carrillo||United States||$30,315|
Deeb took the chip lead early on Day 3 and bullied his way through the competition the rest of the day, staying near the top of the leaderboard. On his last hand, holding a slight advantage over Brazilian Aloisio Dourado, Deeb jammed the river holding a full house with king-ten and Dourado called with pocket queens. The atmosphere surrounding the table during the hand was intense, the joy on the new mixed-game champion palpable.
What Deeb has accomplished in a short period of time places him in rarefied air when it comes to past WSOP legends. All six of his bracelets have come since 2015. Only Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, Johnny Moss, Layne Flack, and Jeffrey Lisandro have ever won six bracelets in less than ten years. All of them except Lisandro are in the Poker Hall of Fame. Deeb, still not eligible for another few years, will certainly join them one day, even if he recognizes the role chance has played in his remarkable success.
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“There’s a ton of variance in these tournaments. Anything can happen. You can lose a flip,” Deeb said. “Obviously, the winning hand I got super lucky. I beat a pair of queens with king-ten in a spot where he would only call off if it came ten-ten. I was going to lose a big pot a lot of the time there.”
Deeb has been the focus of the poker world in the past few months for something that goes beyond his play on the felt. He has a $1 million bet pending with Bill Perkins to get down to 17 percent body fat by next year. It’s a prop bet that requires discipline and focus most of the time, traits that should help in poker, except, Deeb says, at the WSOP.
“I haven’t learned anything. My poker game is still my poker game. I put the weight loss bet slightly on hold for the World Series. I really wanted to go hard for Player of the Year. Hell, I might even be leading right now, if not I’m right in there with Chad [Eveslage]. So I’m going to battle super hard. Just been an awesome couple of weeks of the series. It feels like it’s almost over and we’re not even halfway through. I’m so pumped for the rest of the events.”
Day 3 Action
Deeb enjoyed a fairy tale run through the record-breaking Eight Game Mix field of 789 entries, which is remarkable because he nearly didn’t even make it to the tournament. Deeb was still playing the $600 Deepstack No-Limit Hold’em event and late registered for this event at the last moment. He then built up a chip-leading stack by the end of Day 1 and was still sitting near the top on Day 2 until a late swoon put him in 10th place out of the 21 remaining players who returned today.
It didn’t take long for Deeb to return to the top. On one of the first hands of the day, he picked up queens against Robert Mizrachi's jacks and doubled up. Mizrachi (21st), fellow bracelet winners Quinn Do (20th) and Allan Le (18th), as well as start-of-day chip leader Chad Campbell (19th), all fell short of the final table. Nick Schulman, already with a bracelet in 2023, busted in 11th place, while David “Bakes” Baker finished in ninth.
Deeb began the seven-handed unofficial final table with 7,705,000, more than double Dourado in second place. “I had the hottest start ever. Once I got chips, I knew everyone was afraid of me,” Deeb said. “I was running so good, and I was definitely playing some of the best poker I’ve ever played."
“Hollywood” Dave Stann, a fixture of the poker boom who spent nearly a decade away from the game, was eliminated in seventh place when he ran tens into the kings of Dourado in a hand of Pot-Limit Omaha. It then took several hours for the next elimination as first Deeb, then Dourado and Daniel Strelitz, took turns exchanging the chip lead. Deeb won a big pot off Strelitz in Limit Hold’em when he flopped trip threes, receiving some playful jeering from Arieh, the Limit Hold’em champion, on the rail. Craig Carrillo finally busted in sixth place in a hand of Stud Hi-Lo when he missed a low draw and couldn’t connect with a pair.
Strelitz ran into Deeb’s wheel in 2-7 Triple Draw, then pushed all in for 1,200,000 in No-Limit Hold’em with king-ten, but Dourado woke up with aces on the button to send the two-time bracelet winner to the rail in fifth place. John Bunch was next to fall, losing most of his stack when he tried a king-high bluff in Seven Card Stud but was picked off by Dourado. Bunch was eliminated shortly afterward and declined Arieh’s $500 offer for his Allen Kessler shirt.
Dourado, followed around by a Brazilian film crew who had him mic’d up for the final table, retook the lead from Deeb when he called with 8-7 and beat Deeb’s 10-6 in 2-7 Triple Draw. The two opponents were destined to clash heads-up, and that battle was sealed when Kyle Loman was all in with a 7-6 draw but paired his deuce on his last card, losing to Dourado’s jack-low.
Dourado led 11,950,000 to 7,750,000 at the start of heads-up, but Deeb narrowed the gap quickly when he won a big pot with a 10-7. Then came the final hand, when Deeb had the entire room standing in anticipation.
Deeb would be forgiven if he took some time to celebrate his win. But that’s not for him. Hardly any player embraces the grind of the WSOP more than Deeb, who was looking to see if he could still register for the $10,000 Razz Championship after securing the bracelet. “I don’t take days off. I don’t even take hours off. I wish the Razz was still running right now, I would hop in right now,” he said.
“I love to grind. I wish the World Series was longer. I wish they had more events. The fields have been great. The players I’ve met have been awesome. Just so happy.”
Deeb and his sparkly black hat are hard to miss in any WSOP event. And today, the glare from another gold bracelet added to his collection shone brightly for all the poker world to see.
That concludes PokerNews' coverage of the $1,500 Eight Game Mix. Stay tuned for more action throughout the 2023 WSOP.
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In this Series
- 1 Peter Thai Wins First Bracelet of the 2023 WSOP: Event #1: $500 Casino Employees ($75,535)
- 2 Alexandre Vuilleumier Captures 2023 WSOP Event #2: $25K High Roller Title
- 3 Cody "1eggadaymike" Bell Wins WSOP Bracelet and $87,665 in the Triple Treys Summer Tip Off
- 4 Michael Moncek Wins Event #6: $5,000 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha for $534,499
- 5 Chad Eveslage Steamrolls to Second WSOP Bracelet in Event #5: $1,500 Dealer's Choice (6-Handed) ($131,879)
- 6 Ronnie Day Reigns Supreme in Event #4: Tournament of Champions ($200,000)
- 7 Vadim Shlez Takes Down Event #7: $1,500 Limit Hold’em For $146,835
- 8 Chanracy Khun Wins Event #8: $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship
- 9 Nick Schulman Wins Event #9: Seven Card Stud For Fourth WSOP Bracelet ($110,800)
- 10 Ian "IanMa" Matakis Wins Online Event #2: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Bankroll Builder for $120,686
- 11 Ryan "dna2rna" Hughes Wins Third Bracelet, Defeats Shaun "fortnite" Deeb in Online Battle
- 12 Tyler Brown Crowned Champion of Event #3: $1,000 Mystery Millions ($1,000,000)
- 13 Kenneth O’Donnell Wins Event #11: $600 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack For $351,098
- 14 The Chosen One: Chad Eveslage Wins Third Bracelet in the $10,000 Dealer's Choice Championship
- 15 Estes Nabs Second WSOP MI Online Bracelet; Kershaw Victorious in First PA Event
- 16 Joseph Altomonte Returns to Poker With a Bang; Rakes in $217,102 and a WSOP Bracelet
- 17 Jeremy Eyer Defeats Felipe Ramos in Gruelling Heads Up Duel for $5K Freezeout Title ($649,550)
- 18 Danny "jackdaniels1" Wong Finally Bags WSOP Bracelet After 13 Hour Day
- 19 Isaac Haxton Removes Name from "Best Without a Bracelet" List w/ $25K High Roller Win
- 20 Brian Yoon Wins 5th WSOP Bracelet in $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship
- 21 Brazil Out in Force for Reis' First Bracelet in $1,500 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
- 22 Three Isn't a Crowd for Jim Collopy Who Wins His Third WSOP Bracelet
- 23 Valentino Konakchiev Denies Andres Korn a Second Bracelet in $2.5K NLHE Freezeout
- 24 Michael Rodrigues Becomes First Badugi Champion in Event #20: $1,500 Badugi
- 25 Stephen Nahm Toasts To His Victory in Event #21: $1k Pot-Limit Omaha
- 26 Fifth Bracelet for Josh Arieh in Event #22: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship for $316,226
- 27 Leon Sturm Bests Bill Klein in Event #23: $50,000 High Roller ($1,546,024)
- 28 Two Big Bets and a Chair - David “ODB” Baker Fights Back from the Felt to Win His Third Bracelet
- 29 Jason Simon Becomes WSOP's First Gladiator of Poker for $499,852
- 30 Renji Mao’s Deepstack Aggression Earns Him First WSOP Bracelet ($402,588)
- 31 Belyalovsky Defeats 2020 WSOP Online Domestic Main Event Champion Hebert
- 32 12 Year Drought Ends: Ben Lamb Runs "Hotter Than the Sun" to Win 2nd WSOP Gold Bracelet
- 33 Six is Sweet For Shaun Deeb in Event #27: $1,500 Eight Game Mix
- 34 Jans Arends Tops Star-Studded Final Table to Win $100K High Roller for $2,576,729
- 35 Benjamin Ector Busts Seven Straight to Win Event #28: $1,500 NLH Freezeout ($406,403)
- 36 Houston Firefighter Scott Dulaney Extinguishes the Opposition in Event #31 of 2023 WSOP
- 37 Cash Game Specialist Mark Ioli Wins First WSOP Bracelet for $558,266
- 38 John Monnette Joins Five-Timers Club With $1,500 Triple Draw WSOP Title
- 39 Sean Troha Wins 2nd WSOP Bracelet; Takes Down Event #34: $1,500 PLO for $298,192
- 40 “It’s Gonna Be Tough for You” Says Jerry Wong on Way to Winning 1st WSOP Bracelet
- 41 Chris Klodnicki Returns to WSOP, Wins $10,000 NLH Secret Bounty for 2nd Career Bracelet
- 42 Ryutaro Suzuki Becomes Japan's Mixed-Game Master in Event #36: $3,000 Nine Game Mix
- 43 Yuan Li Adds Name to List of 2023 WSOP Bracelet Winners after $2K NLHE Triumph ($524,777)
- 44 Benny Glaser Joins Five-Timers Club with Win in Event #38: $10K 2-7 Triple Draw Championship
- 45 Morgan Magee & Josh Dempsey Lay Claim to WSOP Online Bracelets in MI & PA
- 46 "suited_h13" Last One Standing in WSOP Online Event #6: $500 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo ($134,527)
- 47 Chris Brewer Wins $250k Super High Roller and First Bracelet ($5,293,556)
- 48 Joe "jimjam01" Serock Wins 2023 WSOP Online Event #7: $500 PLO 6-Max ($93,911)
- 49 "I've Got It!" Qiang Xu Wins First Bracelet in $800 Deepstack ($339,033)
- 50 Scott Abrams Becomes Inaugural Big O Champion for $315,203
- 51 Braxton Dunaway Wins Monster Stack for $1,162,681; Now Headed to Son’s College World Series
- 52 Jeremy “ChipChecka” Ausmus Claims Sixth Bracelet in Online Event #8: $3,200 No-Limit Hold’em
- 53 Jay Lockett Turns $500 into $262,526 and a Bracelet at the 2023 WSOP
- 54 Braxton Dunaway Wins Monster Stack for $1,162,681; Now Headed to Son’s College World Series
- 55 William Leffingwell Brings A Bracelet Home to Houston a Week After His Friend Did the Same!
- 56 Pengfei Wang Plays First Tournament Ever; Wins $270,700 in Event #49: $1,500 Super Turbo Bounty
- 57 Brian Rast Wins $50,000 Poker Players Championship For the Third Time ($1,324,747)
- 58 Yang Zhang Captures 2023 WSOP $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Title ($717,879)
- 59 Yuri Dzivielevski Wins Third Bracelet and $207,678 in Event #47: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
- 60 Poker Player Proposes to Girlfriend After Winning WSOP Bracelet & $1,309,232
- 61 Team Savakinas Reign Supreme in WSOP Tag Team Event ($190,662)
- 62 Nick Pupillo Wins First Bracelet In $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw for $181,978
- 63 Justin Vaysman & Rudy Gavaldon Win WSOP Online Bracelets in Pennsylvania & Michigan
- 64 Ryan "GoFeltaFish2" Eriquezzo Multitasks His Way to His Third WSOP Bracelet
- 65 Lonnie Hallett Defeats Billy Baxter Heads-Up to Win 2023 WSOP Seniors Championship ($765,731)
- 66 Mike Gorodinsky Blazes Down the Home Stretch to Win $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship ($422,747)
- 67 Marcin Horecki Denies Mike Matusow as he Captures Poland's First-Ever Live WSOP Bracelet
- 68 Retired Fireman Steven Genovese Climbs a Different Type of Ladder to Take Home a WSOP Bracelet!
- 69 Jason Daly Steamrolls Final Table of Event #58: $3,000 Limit Hold'em to Win First WSOP Bracelet
- 70 Millionaire Maker Winner Pavel Plesuv Becomes Moldova's First WSOP Champion ($1,201,564)
- 71 Ka Kwan Lau Finds Redemption in $25K PLO High Roller ($2,294,756)
- 72 WSOP Online Pennsylvania & Michigan: Christopher Nunez & David Ferus Find Mystery Bounty Success
- 73 Calm, Collected, and Deadly: Robert Schulz Becomes a WSOP Champion
- 74 Jason Mercier Defeats Mike Watson to Capture Sixth WSOP Bracelet
- 75 Brazil’s Gabriel Schroeder Bad Beats Andy Black on Way to Super Turbo Bounty Bracelet ($228,632)
- 76 Austria's Klaus Ilk Wins 2023 WSOP Event #61: $1,000 Super Seniors for $371,603
- 77 "Can't Stop Kopp!" William Kopp Wins Event #66: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 or Better ($259,549)
- 78 David Simon Emerges Victorious in Battle of Davids to Win Maiden Bracelet in $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold'em/Pot-Limit Omaha ($410,659)
- 79 Ryan Miller Wins Maiden Bracelet in Event #63: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship ($344,677)
- 80 David Guay Celebrates on Canada Day with WSOP Gold ($271,032)
- 81 Weiran Pu Captures His First Bracelet in Event #65: $5,000 6-Handed No-Limit Hold'em ($938,244)
- 82 Phil Hellmuth Wins Record-Extending 17th World Series of Poker Bracelet
- 83 Brewer Beats Baker and Livingston in 2-7 Single Draw Championship for Second Bracelet of the Summer
- 84 Jesse Lonis Steamrolls to Victory for Second Bracelet in Event #71: $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller
- 85 An Unstoppable Tamar Abraham Wins Record-Breaking Ladies Event for $192,167
- 86 Tom “lultaxpayers” Hall Emerges Victorious to Claim Maiden WSOP Bracelet ($176,920)
- 87 Moshe Refaelowitz Fulfils a Promise to His Wife; Wins Event #70: $400 Colossus
- 88 Bradley Gafford Rallies Back to Win the Mini Main Event ($549,555)
- 89 Hassan Kamel Speeds to Victory in Event #75: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship ($598,613)
- 90 Sam Soverel Wins World Series of Poker Bracelet in Live/Online Hybrid Tournament
- 91 Zachary Grech & Blaze Gaspari Pick Up NV/NJ WSOP Online Bracelets
- 92 Thomas Skaggs Adds a WSOP Bracelet to His Circuit Ring in Event #76: $1,500 Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha
- 93 Shawn Daniels Wins Event #77: $777 Lucky 7's for $777,777
- 94 Josh Arieh Steam Rolls Final Table For Sixth Bracelet in Event #80: $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. High Roller
- 95 VAMOS!! Samuel Bernabeu Wins First Bracelet in Event #79:$2,500 No-Limit Holdem
- 96 Thai Ha Wins First Bracelet in 2023 WSOP Event #83: $1,500 Short Deck ($111,170)
- 97 Brazilian Vitor Dzivielevski Wins NV/NJ WSOP Online Event #16 Bracelet ($185,316)
- 98 Alex Kulev Wins $50K High Roller for $2,087,073; Moves Atop Bulgarian All-Time Money List
- 99 Tom Marchese Wins First Gold Bracelet in WSOP Online Event #17: $1,000 Online Championship
- 100 Matthew Parry Wins 2023 WSOP Event #82: $3,000 PLO 6-Handed ($480,122)
- 101 Prominent Poker Coach Faraz Jaka Leads By Example and Wins First Bracelet in Event #85: $1,500 Shootout
- 102 Diego Does It! Ventura Earns First Live Bracelet for Peru in $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty
- 103 Oh Canada! Bradley Smith Wins Maiden Bracelet and $221,733 in Mixed Omaha/Stud Hi-Lo
- 104 Beginner's Luck? Pierre Shum Wins a WSOP Bracelet in His First Ever Tournament
- 105 Dong Meng Holds Off "Westside" Wesley to Win 2023 WSOP Event #89: $1,000 Flip & Go
- 106 Alexandre Reard Wins Second Bracelet in Prestigious $10K 6-Handed Championship ($1,057,663)
- 107 Kang Hyun Lee Takes the Event #92: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Freezeout Bracelet Home to Canada!
- 108 Two Bracelets in Five Events; Ryan Miller Victorious in Event #91: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.
- 109 Summer Saved! Nielsen Takes Home Short Deck Bracelet and $270,160 in Second Cash of 2023 WSOP!
- 110 14 Years in the Making: Alex Keating Wins His Maiden Bracelet at the 2023 WSOP
- 111 Paul Berger Didn't Plan to Play Event #95: Super Turbo No-Limit Hold'em But He is Now Its Champion