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Dan Shak

Name
Daniel Shak
Country
United StatesUnited States
City
Las Vegas, NV
Total winnings
$ 8,204,446
Cashes
62
First place Finishes
4

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.

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Tournaments and Winnings

Tournament Place Winnings
2017 World Series of Poker Europe
WSOP Europe €25,000 Super High Roller (non bracelet event)1st€210,112
2017 Poker Masters
Event #2 $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em8th$100,000
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #63: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em109th$2,042
Event #48: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship10th$26,938
Event #9: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship16th$16,958
2016 PokerStars.com EPT Season 13 Malta
€5,300 Main Event31st€15,540
2016 Super High Roller Bowl
$300,000 Super High Roller Bowl7th$600,000
2014 PokerStars.com EPT Season 11 Prague
€10,300 High Roller9th€63,290
2014 PokerStars.com EPT Season 11 Barcelona
€5,300 Main Event129th€10,300
€50,000 Super High Roller8th€138,600
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #28: $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship10th$30,516
2014 Aussie Millions
$25,000 Challenge6th100,000 AUD
2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
$100,000 Super High Roller2nd$1,178,980
2013 PokerStars.com EPT London
£10,300 High Roller14th£23,850
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #47: $111,111 One Drop High Rollers No-Limit Hold'em23rd$173,723
2013 Aussie Millions
$100,000 Challenge4th237,000 AUD
$10,000 Main Event4th400,000 AUD
2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
$100,000 Super High Roller8th$228,960
2012 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #6: €1,650 Six-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha13th€3,752
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 61: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event167th$44,655
Event 41: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em28th$18,609
Event 40: $2,500 Limit Hold'em - Six-Handed21st$5,970
Event 34: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha - Six-Handed26th$13,509
Event 8: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better40th$5,639
Event 4: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8-or-Better37th$3,921
2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
Super High Roller2nd$846,700
2011 World Series of Poker
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em158th$3,308
NAPT Uncasville
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event2nd$254,000
2010 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic
$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event41st$16,892
2010 World Series of Poker
$ 2,500 No Limit Hold'em23rd$24,107
$ 5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo 82nd$202,142
EPT San Remo
€ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event84th€10,500
2010 Deep Stack Extravaganza
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em65th$12,053
Borgata Winter Open 2010
$ 3,300 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event69th$6,130
2010 Aussie Millions
A$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event11th100,000 AUD
A$ 100,000 $100,000 Challenge1st1,200,000 AUD
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event85th$23,500
2009 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em7th$13,461
2009 World Series of Poker
$ 10,000 World Championship No Limit Hold'em247th$32,963
$ 3,000 H.O.R.S.E.24th$8,782
2009 L.A. Poker Classic
$ 9,900 Main Event - No Limit Hold'em57th$23,052
2009 Aussie Millions
A$ 100,000 No Limit Hold'em Challenge4th200,000 AUD
A$ 1,000 Limit Hold'em15th2,100 AUD
6th Annual Festa Al Lago Classic
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em14th$7,830
2008 World Series of Poker
$ 5,000 Ante Up For Africa Charity Event3rd$54,529
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em65th$9,080
$ 3,000 No Limit Hold'em70th$5,533
North American Poker Championships
C$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event15th66,395 CAD
2007 World Series of Poker
$ 5,000 Ante Up for Africa Charity Event1st$243,893
$250,000 Guaranteed Poker Tournament
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em68th$1,287
Fifth Annual Five Diamond World Poker Classic
$ 1,500 Super Satellite - No Limit Hold'em1st$15,600
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em4th$49,385
2006 United States Poker Championship
$ 9,700 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event4th$151,902
2005 WSOP Tournament Circuit - Atlantic City
$ 9,700 Championship Event - No Limit Hold'em9th$27,395
2005 Legends of Poker
$ 5,000 WPT Main Event - No Limit Hold'em52nd$9,800
2005 World Series of Poker
$ 10,000 No Limit Texas Hold'em - World Championship Event183rd$39,075
$ 5,000 Omaha Hi/Lo9th$21,055
$ 2,500 Pot Limit Hold'em29th$3,910
2005 WSOP Circuit Tournaments - Atlantic City
$ 2,000 Limit Hold'em9th$3,060
2004 World Poker Finals
$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em Final Day - WPT44th$24,938
2004 Ultimatebet.com Poker Classic
$ 6,000 No Limit Hold'em Final Day70th$8,000
$ 500 No Limit Hold'em12th$728
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