The first poker player who comes to mind at the mention of “double bagging” is Mike Leah.
Leah bagged chips in two WSOP tournaments on the same day each of the last two years. And as good as Leah is at multi-tabling live events, even he has failed to double-bag chips in multiple events coming back to play on Day 3.
We hadn’t found evidence of anyone accomplishing this feat … until now. Shaun Deeb went deep in two tournaments at the same time this week and just missed out on an opportunity to play two final tables on the same day.
Deeb takes his shot at WSOP history
Winning more than one bracelet during the WSOP is a remarkable feat on its own. Winning two in one day would be next to impossible.
Poker as a profession is all about grinding today I embark on a opportunity that no player has had before to go for simultaneously Bracelets today can define an already amazing career and so happy to have this chance and hope to run as good today as I did yesterday
— WSOPShaunDeeb (@shaundeeb) June 7, 2018
Deeb was three-handed in Event #14: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw and one of 18 players left in Event #13: $1,500 Big Blind Antes No-Limit Hold’em when the action started at the Rio on Thursday.
On Day 2 of both events, Deeb had to run between the Amazon Room and Brasilia Room to play in both tournaments.
Knowing he was coming back to Day 3 in both, he asked if it was possible to position the two events near each other. The tournament staff accommodated him by moving one of the tables from the secondary feature table so Deeb wouldn’t have to run through the crowds to play a hand.
Unfortunately for Deeb, history was not in the cards this day. He was eliminated in third place in the 2-7 lowball for $36,330 and in 16th place in the big blind ante event for another $11,533.
Slow rolling the slow roller
It might come as no surprise that Deeb running deep in simultaneous events came with some controversy.
Deeb is known as a being a deliberate slow roller. It is seen as bad etiquette by most players and has not endeared Deeb to much of the poker community.
Daniel Ospina, the eventual winner of the 2-7 lowball event, apparently has some history with Deeb and there is no love lost between the two.
Ospina had this to say in an interview with PokerNews:
Deeb has a reputation for slow-rolling people in the past and I have a bit of history with him in some other events we’ve played. I decided last night if the opportunity presented itself to slow roll him, I was definitely going to do it.
And the opportunity came for Ospina. Just a few hands into three-handed play, Ospina busted him in third place and slowly sent Deeb to rail.
Amusingly enough, Deeb was planning to slow roll Ospina before he got slow rolled.
Just got slowrolled to bust nld 3rd almost slowrolled him first assuming I was always good but I didn’t and got punished
— WSOPShaunDeeb (@shaundeeb) June 7, 2018
Deeb cries foul for stalling while he is multi-tabling
Deeb understands his reputation comes with an obvious target on his back and he can certainly handle a slow roll.
His issue is when someone intentionally stalls play in order to reduce his equity in the other tournament.
Slowrolled whatever stallig while I’m multitasking to burn equity of mine in a diff tourney is just shady as fuck knew he was a douche and glad others had same read that i talked to https://t.co/qIw1CAgglK
— WSOPShaunDeeb (@shaundeeb) June 8, 2018
— Tim Marsters (@TurnRiva) June 8, 2018
The complaint was seen as hypocritical by many.
Don't dish it if you can't take it. Don't play two tournaments at once if you can't handle two. Don't say you "know" someone is a douche because someone else "had the same read"
— Ian Steinman (@IanSteinman) June 8, 2018
But there were just as many coming to his defense. There is a big difference between slow rolling and intentionally stalling to put Deeb at a disadvantage.
It is so tilting that you and many others fail to grasp that 'slowrolling' (douchey thing deeb does/whatever)
— stealthmunk (@stealthmunk) June 8, 2018
Regardless of what a player thinks about Deeb or even slow rolling, intentionally stalling play to put another player at a disadvantage is wrong.
The poker community is a small one. This twitter debate proves that. There are unspoken rules of the game that professionals adhere to – or at the very least try to. When a player breaks the rules, it will most certainly come back to haunt him.
Deeb’s feat of vying for two bracelets on the same day is really the story here. It is unfortunate that all the drama overshadowed it.
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