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When I Was a Donk: Jeff Shulman

by Julio Rodriguez |  Published: Nov 16, 2011


In this new series, Card Player asks top pros to rewind back to their humble beginnings and provide insights regarding the mistakes, leaks, and deficiencies that they had to overcome in order to improve their games. Card Player’s own Jeff Shulman broke out onto the poker tournament scene with his run in the 2000 World Series of Poker Main Event before taking a bad beat from eventual champion Chris Ferguson and busting in seventh place. Nine years later, Shulman was back on poker’s biggest stage and this time he improved upon his finish, exiting in fifth place for a career high $1,953,395. To date, Shulman has racked up over $3.3 million in tournament earnings. Card Player caught up with Shulman to uncover two of his earliest mistakes and find out what he did to adjust. “When I first started playing poker, I really didn’t have an understanding of small-ball poker. ...

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