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Shannon Shorr

Hometown: Tuscaloosa

Country of Origin: United States UNITED STATES

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Shannon Shorr

Shannon Shorr Bio


At the time when poker had exploded on college campuses nationwide, this young student was living the most recent version of the American dream. After winning the 2005 Bellagio Cup II Tournament, and placing 3rd in the WPT Borgata Poker Open, Shorr shot to 2nd position in the race for Card Player's Player of the Year. This came on the heels of a whirlwind international poker tour that began in January of 2005.

From the sofa of his Tuscaloosa apartment, Shorr used a wireless keyboard and a big screen TV to hone his poker skills to blue ribbon status, playing up to eight online games at a time. Halfway through his sophomore year at the University of Alabama, he was doing just fine as a civil engineering student with a minor in math, but the international poker tournament world had certain allures that engineering school couldn't offer.

After winning over $100,000 playing poker in 2005, Shorr put his education on hold and took time off to pursue a career as a professional. He broke the news to his mother in January that he would be skipping a semester and traveling over 10,000 miles to compete in the Australian Poker Championship. His mother was not enthusiastic about the idea, but eventually resigned herself. That semester turned into a few semesters and it wasn't until 2008 that Shorr decided to head back to school to finish his degree.

Despite his venture back into academia, Shorr has still continued to play on the circuit and had a great summer run in 2008. At the WSOP, Shorr finished second for $349,141 in a preliminary event and then followed that up with a win at the Bellagio Cup IV for another $247,555.