Every wrestling fan knows that all good shows need both faces and heels to be successful. If ESPN is looking for some wrestling-inspired promotion for their WSOP coverage, they have about eight guys of the “November Nine” who can play the hero, and then they have Jeff Shulman.
Shulman has already established himself as the “villain” after his dissenting comments about Harrah’s organisation of the World Series of Poker. Shulman hit the headlines just after the WSOP when he was widely reported as saying that he would “throw the (World Series of Poker) bracelet into the garbage” should he win.
Shulman’s comments have a vested interest of course. As editor of CardPlayer magazine, Shulman’s company has been overlooked by Harrah’s in recent years, as they chose to go with an exclusive media partnership for coverage of the World Series of Poker.
It has been widely speculated that this is the reason for Shulman’s anti-WSOP comments.
Harrah’s hasn’t been the only target of Shulman’s random tirades. He also took aim at the quality of the field with a somewhat bizarre statement.
"There were a lot of amateurs in this tournament who don't really understand how to play deep stacked poker," said Shulman. "It was the easiest field I've ever seen in my life. I feel like everyone in the tournament was on Adderall while I was on Xanax," he added.
Shulman’s off-felt antics aside, the guy can obviously play poker. Remarkably, this will be his second appearance on a World Series of Poker Main Event final table. He famously blew a monster chip lead back in 2000 finishing 7th, when Chris “Jesus” Ferguson went on to claim his crowning glory.
With already over a million dollars to his name in live tournament results, Shulman is one of the few members of poker’s old guard (those with results before the poker boom) who has been able to continue a level of consistent success in the modern era’s mega fields.
Shulman’s career highlights include his previous WSOP Main Event final table, a runner up finish in a WPT Event at the Bellagio, and eight results of over US$50,000, amongst his almost 150 career cashes in notable live events.
His comments are sure to have won him few fans, yet he is sure to have some support as one of the leading professionals on the final table. Shulman will start with 19,580,000 chips which sees him sitting fourth in the tournament.
Shulman will be one to watch and should provide plenty of colour at the WSOP Main Event final table in November!
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