Shaun Deeb defeated a field of 212 entries to win the 2021 World Series of Poker $25,000 buy-in pot-limit Omaha high roller, earning $1,251,860 and his fifth career WSOP bracelet. This was the second time that Deeb won this particular high-stakes PLO tournament, having also emerged victorious with the gold and a seven-figure payday back in 2018. The 35-year-old poker pro became just the 28th player in poker history to secure five titles at the series. Deeb has his sights set much higher, though.

“Oh, I’m going to pass Phil [Hellmuth] eventually,” Deeb told PokerGO reporters after coming out on top. “It’s going to take me a while, but I’m going to pass Phil. He’s a great player when he’s sharp, but he can’t play every day like me. When he wins a bracelet, he’s not hopping in the next event like I’m going to do, and that’s going to help me out. Plus, I think online I’m a stronger player and there are so many more online bracelets. I’m going to catch him one day. It’s going to take me a decade or two, but I’ll be there.”

Hellmuth secured his fifth bracelet a few months ahead of his 29th birthday. When he hit that milestone in 1993, there were just 21 bracelets awarded at that year’s WSOP. This year there are set to be 188 bracelets awarded across the WSOP in Las Vegas, the WSOP Europe festival, and extensive WSOP Online offerings.

Deeb earned his first bracelet by winning the 2015 $10,000 pot-limit hold’em championship. The following year he emerged victorious in the $1,500 seven card stud event for his second title at the series. His third and fourth bracelets were both won in 2018, with Deeb taking down the fourth running of this $25k PLO event before winning the $10,000 six-max no-limit hold’em championship. More than $6.1 million of his total live career earnings of $10.1 million have come in WSOP bracelet events.

In addition to the bracelet and the money, Deeb also earned 1,260 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion of this event. This was […]

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