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World Series Of Poker Main Event: Shannon Shorr Looks To End Bracelet Void

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There aren’t many players at the World Series of Poker quite like Shannon Shorr.

The longtime poker pro, who got his start playing online poker in the mid-2000s, is still without a WSOP bracelet despite nearly 70 cashes lifetime at the annual summer poker festival. Only Tom McCormick (74), Tony Cousineau (82) and Roland Israelashvili (87) have more in-the-money finishes at the Rio casino-hotel without a gold bracelet.

Around 1,500 bracelets have been awarded in the history of the WSOP.

On Tuesday, Shorr still had a chance in 2018 to end the bracelet void. And it just so happens that the opportunity was in the poker world’s most prestigious annual tournament—the $10,000 buy-in WSOP main event. Shorr, 33, was in the middle of the pack with about 100 players left going into the sixth day of action. More than 7,800 players entered.

Obviously there’s still a lot of poker left to be played, as the main event will conclude after the completion of its 10th day. Shorr said that the tournament has “mind-blowing variance,” which makes it unwise to already picture oneself in the winner’s circle.

Shorr cashed seven times this summer prior to making the money in the main event. “I already consider the summer a success,” he said before day six of the main event. More important than the results, however, is Shorr’s mindset. He said that over the past two years he has changed the way he views his performance on the green felt.

“It took me a long time to not focus on results,” he said of tournament poker. “I’m trusting the process of tournament poker now.”

All Shorr, and anyone for that matter, can do in the main event is play to the best of their ability and hope the cards are kind. However, elevating his game was also part of his readjustment over the past two years, Shorr said.

The Alabama native did “quite a bit of studying” away from the tables during the time frame. “Poker is much tougher these days,” Shorr said.

Shorr’s determination to win a bracelet should not be understated. He endured a remarkably tough WSOP in the summer of 2011, which came in the aftermath of online poker’s Black Friday. At the 2011 series, Shorr played in 42 events and cashed in just two. “I don’t take one series as a serious sample [size],” Shorr said in 2012. “All I can do is come to play and stay positive.”

Despite no bracelet, Shorr had cashed for $1.5 million in WSOP tournaments prior to this year’s main event. He also has had 10 separate top-10 finishes in bracelet events dating back to 2007.

In addition to the coveted bracelet, Shorr was vying for the $8.8 million top prize in the 2018 main event. A ninth-place finish would earn him $1 million.