Shaun Deeb Books Tourney Win Closing Out PNIA Rivers Schenectady Debut

August 29, 2017
Shaun Deeb Books Tourney Win Closing Out PNIA Rivers Schenectady Debut


Bringing the Poker Night in America crew home with him for a few days turned out to be a profitable move for Troy, New York poker pro, Shaun Deeb.

Deeb is a regular winner in the Poker Night in America cash games across the country. Plus, he is an informative and entertaining commentator when he jumps in the booth for Poker Night in America special events. Last week, Deeb took on both roles once again as Poker Night in America descended upon Upstate New York for its debut at the Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady, New York.

Rivers is only a half hour drive from Deeb’s home. It has become the online poker legend turned live pro’s home poker room since opening in February 2017.

Poker Night in America King of the Hill

First up was the first ever Poker Night in America King of the Hill competition August 22 and 23 held in Van Slyck’s entertainment lounge just off the Rivers gaming floor.

The four-way, no-limit hold’em heads up event had Phil Hellmuth, Doug Polk, Daniel Cates and Frank Kassela each put up $50,000 in a winner-take-all tournament. Deeb handled commentary duties for the first day.

 Hellmuth won the King of the Hill belt and $200,000 in prize money defeating Polk handily on day one and taking care of Cates in the best two of three final after making a miraculous comeback in the decisive match.

Deeb then moved on and appeared to book a win in the $25/$50 no-limit hold’em cash games held in the lounge August 24 and 25. His wife Ashley Deeb also appeared in the game.

All the action from King of the Hill and the cash games was filmed. It will air on upcoming Poker Night in America episodes on CBS Sports Network.

The $100,000 Guaranteed Capital Region Classic

The $260 Capital Region Classic NLH $100,000 Guaranteed tournament also kicked off on August 23 as the Poker Night in America events continued.

The uniquely structured tournament held multiple $260 starting flights from August 23 through August 26 with survivors carrying their tournament chips over to the second day on Sunday, August 27. Players looking to bypass the starting flights could buy in directly to the second day for $1,100 and receive a quadruple starting stack.

With his Poker Night in America duties all wrapped up, that is exactly what Deeb did.

The final tally saw 733 total entries create a $181,565 prize pool that nearly doubled the event’s $100,000 guarantee. When all was said and done, this may have been Deeb’s most profitable move of the week.

In fact, he cruised through Day 2 and ultimately booked the win, earning the title, trophy and $36,559.

Shaun Deeb Dominates

Deeb doubled up early on the second day and made quad aces with 20 players remaining to take a massive chip lead. At the start of the final table, Deeb held more than double the chips of any other player close to him. In fact, by the time they were three handed, he had more than half of the chips in play and agreed to a deal.

Michael Lynch took second place and $20,600. Short stack Keith Pierce took third and $19,600.

Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady

This was the second running of the $100,000 Guaranteed Capital Region Classic at Rivers Schenectady. The first was held in May and drew 1,095 entries, creating a $272,655 prize pool that almost tripled the guarantee. Robert Saladin of Montgomery, New York won that one, earning $46,034.

Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady boasts a 50,000-square-foot gaming floor with 1,150 slot machines, 67 gaming tables, and a 16-table poker room. The facility is owned and operated by Rush Street Gaming. Rush Street also owns subsidiary Rush Street Productions, producers of Poker Night in America.

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