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Dan Shak

Dan Shak
Nationality: United States
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Biography

Daniel 'Dan' Shak is an American semi-professional poker player and a hedge fund manager. At the poker tables he is known as the man who likes playing high stakes and regularly buys-in to the major poker events. In 2010 Shak won the Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge event for more than $1.1 million while in 2012 he finished runner-up in the PCA $100,000 Super High Roller Event for almost $850,000.

Intro

Dan Shak was born in 1959. Before he became known in the world of poker, Shak made a name for himself in a slightly different environment, the Wall Street. He started as a trader on the floor of the New York Mercantile and Commodities Exchange (COMEX). Then in 2002 Shak established his own hedge fund under the name of SHK Asset Management. Shak has proved himself a successful businessman mostly trading in futures of gold. However, this wasn't just enough for Shak and therefore he set a new goal for himself, to conquer the world of tournament poker.

World Series of Poker

Shak's first WSOP cash came in 2005 when he finished in the money in three events making one final table and running pretty deep in the Main Event. His total winnings at the 2005 World Series accumulated for a total of $45,000. Then in 2010 Shak came just close to scoring his first WSOP win. However, he lost the heads-up play to Christopher Bell and took just over $200,000 in cash for the second place finish at the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better event.

Dan Shak's Top 5 WSOP Results

YearEventPlacePrize
2010$5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better2nd$202,142
2005$5,000 Omaha Hi-low9th$21,055
2012WSOPE €1,650 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha13th€3,752 ($4,895)
2012$2,500 Limit Hold'em - Six Handed21st$5,970
2010$2,500 No-Limit Hold'em23rd$24,107

World Poker Tour

Although the World Poker Tour was the first of poker's major circuits in Shak's career, it wasn't his most successful. His best result at the WPT tables came at the North American Poker Championships in Ontarion in 2007. Shak placed 15th in the C$10,000 Championship event taking home almost $70,000 in prize money.

Dan Shak's Top 5 WPT Results

YearEventPlacePrize
2007North American Poker Championships C$10,000 Championship15thC$66,395 ($68,616)
2010Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic $10,000 Championship41st$16,892
2004World Poker Finals $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em event44th$24,938
2005Legends of Poker $5,000 Main Event52nd$9,800
2009L.A. Poker Classic $9,900 Main Event57th$23,052

European Poker Tour

So far Shak has only three European Poker Tour money finishes on his record. He first cashed at the EPT Sanremo in 2010 when he finished the Main Event in 84th place taking home just over €10,000. His other two cashes came in 2012. At first Shak finished second at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller event taking home one of the biggest cash prizes of his career, almost $850,000. Then a couple of months later Shak finished 13th in the €1,850 High Roller event in Barcelona for more than €6,000

Dan Shak's Top 3 EPT Results

YearEventPlacePrize
2012PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller2nd$846,700
2012Barcelona €1,850 High Roller13th€6,170
2010Sanremo €5,000 Main Event84th€10,500 ($14,266)

Other Achievements

The first record which stands out from the rest of Shak's achievements at the poker tables is of course his win at the 2010 Aussie Millions A$100,000 Challenge. Shak outplayed the very famous Phil Ivey in the final heads-up play and took home $1,107,553 in first-place cash prize. A few years before his big win in Melbourne, Shak won the non-bracelet event at the 2007 World Series of Poker. He took down the $5,000 Ante Up for Africa Charity Event for the first-place prize of $243,893. In April, 2011 he finished second at the North American Poker Tour $5,000 Main Event in Uncasville collecting $254,000

Did you know?

  • Dan Shak was married to another well-known poker player Beth Shak. The couple who had three children together divorced in 2009.
  • In January, 2011 Shak traded $850 million worth of gold contracts which estimated for more than 10% of the main U.S. futures market.

PokerNews Covered Events

Event Place Prize
2021 World Series of Poker
Event #49: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw Championship
11th $25280
2021 World Series of Poker
Event #34: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw
33rd $2662
2021 World Series of Poker
Event #29: $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold'em
3rd $82678
2021 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #3: $2,500 Limit Hold'em Championship
22nd $4256
2021 US Poker Open
Event #11: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em
3rd $224250
2021 US Poker Open
Event #7: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em
7th $49500
2021 US Poker Open
Event #5: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em
9th $34000
2021 US Poker Open
Event #1: $10,000 No Limit Hold'em
2nd $152000
2021 partypoker MILLIONS Online
Main Event
137th $10912
2020 GGPoker High Rollers Week
HRW 18: $10,300 Super MILLION$ Main Event, $5M GTD
15th $83217
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #72: $1,500 Limit Hold'em Championship
18th $4616
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #70: $25,000 NLH POKER PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP, $10M GTD
33rd $70150
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #58: $5,000 No Limit Hold'em 6-Handed Championship
87th $10721
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #47: $1,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold'em
38th $2679
2020 WPT World Online Championships
Event #3: $3,200 8-Max Championship, $3m GTD
97th $8602
2020 GGPoker WSOP Online Bracelet Events
Event #43: $10,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold'em Championship
5th $92545
2020 WPT World Online Championships
Event #1: $3,200 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship, $500k GTD
2nd $87720
2020 Super High Roller Bowl Online
$102,000 Super High Roller Bowl
5th $325000
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #70: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Handed
41st $14622
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #21: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship
12th $15167
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #2: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo Bounty
22nd $11402
2019 US Poker Open
USPO #7 - $25,000 NLH
7th $75000
2019 US Poker Open
USPO #5 - $25,000 NLH
3rd $206500
2019 US Poker Open
USPO #2 - $10,000 PLO
8th $25600
2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
$25,000 PokerStars NL Hold'em Players Championship
87th $45700
2018 Poker Masters
Event #5: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em
8th $66000
2018 Poker Masters
Event #3: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
6th $55500
2018 PokerStars.es EPT Barcelona
€10,300 Pot-Limit Omaha
8th €29100
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #75: $1,500 The Closer No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) - $1 Million Guarantee
300th $2763
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
26th $14912
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #8: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball
29th $4942
2018 US Poker Open
USPO #04 – $25,000 Mixed Game Championship
5th $90000
2018 US Poker Open
USPO #02 – $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha
7th $32000
2017 World Series of Poker Europe
WSOP Europe €25,000 Super High Roller (non bracelet event)
1st €210112
2017 Poker Masters
Event #2 $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em
8th $100000
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #63: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
109th $2042
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #48: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
10th $26938
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship
16th $16848
2016 PokerStars.com EPT Season 13 Malta
€5,300 Main Event
31st €15540
2016 Super High Roller Bowl
$300,000 Super High Roller Bowl
7th $600000
2014 PokerStars.com EPT Season 11 Prague
€10,300 High Roller
9th €63290
2014 PokerStars.com EPT Season 11 Barcelona
€5,300 Main Event
129th €10300
2014 PokerStars.com EPT Season 11 Barcelona
€50,000 Super High Roller
8th €138600
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #28: $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship
10th $30516
2014 Aussie Millions
$25,000 Challenge
6th 100000 AUD
2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
$100,000 Super High Roller
2nd $1178980
2013 PokerStars.com EPT London
£10,300 High Roller
14th £23850
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #47: $111,111 One Drop High Rollers No-Limit Hold'em
23rd $173723
2013 Aussie Millions
$10,000 Main Event
4th 400000 AUD
2013 Aussie Millions
$100,000 Challenge
4th 237000 AUD
2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
$100,000 Super High Roller
8th $228960
2012 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #6: €1,650 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha
13th €3752
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 61: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
167th $44655
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 41: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em
28th $18609
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 40: $2,500 Limit Hold'em - Six-Handed
21st $5970
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 34: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha - Six-Handed
26th $13509
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 8: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better
40th $5639
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 4: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better
37th $3921
2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
Super High Roller
2nd $846700
2011 World Series of Poker
Event #8: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
158th $3308
2011 North American Poker Tour Mohegan Sun
Main Event
2nd $254000
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #56: $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em
23rd $24107
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #46: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better
2nd $202142
2010 PokerStars.it EPT San Remo
Main Event
84th €10500
2010 Aussie Millions
Event 9: $10,500 Aussie Millions Main Event
11th 100000 AUD
2010 Aussie Millions
Event 8: $100,000 Challenge
1st 1200000 AUD
2010 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
2010 PCA Main Event
85th $23500
2009 World Series of Poker
Event 57 - $10,000 World Championship No Limit Hold'em
247th $32963
2009 World Series of Poker
Event 21 - $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.
24th $8782
2009 L.A. Poker Classic
$10,000 No Limit Hold'em Championship
57th $23052
2009 Aussie Millions
Event 8 - $100,000 No Limit Hold'em Challenge
4th 200000 AUD
2009 Aussie Millions
Event 4 - $1,100 Limit Hold'em
15th 2100 AUD
2008 World Series of Poker
Event 46 - $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Six-handed
63rd $9080
2008 World Series of Poker
Event 29 - $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em
70th $5533

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