Shaun Deeb looks for first live tournament win today

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Jan 16, 2011 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

Online poker tournament legend Shaun Deeb has had very little success on the live tournament trail to date, with his biggest splash being dressing in drag for the 2010 WSOP ladies tournament, and catching flak on all sides for the incident. Deeb has the chance to help erase that memory on Sunday in the PCA $5k bounty shootout tournament as he headlines the final table.

How poorly has Deeb fared in live poker tournaments? Well not dreadfully, but surely not up to the expectations one would hold for him. For instance, during the PCA Main Event live coverage on ESPN a viewer E-Mailed the commentators a question, asking why Shaun Deeb has had trouble duplicating his online success at live tournaments, and Daniel Negreanu answered it perfectly. Negreanu explained how Internet tournaments are mostly played with 20-30BB stacks, while live tournaments typically play much deeper, so the raw aggression shown by the best online tournament players isn’t a necessary quality in live play –Negreanu would go on to hypothesize that this is why online cash-game players tend to have an easier time making the change to tournaments.

Negreanu’s implication is that Deeb refuses to adjust his game to the changing dynamics of live tournament play –a charge he also leveled at one Phil Hellmuth a little later on, and to be perfectly honest, Negreanu is 100% correct. Deeb has played enough live tournaments that he should have some good results, he simply doesn’t. And more to the point, you rarely see him amongst the chip-leaders even at the end of Day 1’s and 2’s of major poker tournaments.

That said, Deeb is in the running for the NAPT $5k Bounty Shootout title at the PCA tournament series, as he is one of the final six players who will be playing for the $200,000 first-place prize-money on Sunday in the Bahamas. While not a MAJOR tournament, the win could help get Deeb off the schnide, and possibly start heeding some of the advice about changing his style of play.

Deeb is joined at the final table by Andrew Chen, Scott Baumstein, Marko Neumann, and William Pilossoph. Each player will receive $30,000 plus $1,000 for every bounty collected, with the winner pocketing an additional $170,000. Additionally the player collecting the most bounties will receive an additional $25,000 in prize-money –Deeb is currently the leader in that category with 7 bounties.

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