Shannon Shorr: How He Took His Poker Sport To One other Stage In 2021


Shannon Shorr has been a worthwhile poker participant for the reason that early days of the poker increase. During the last 15 years, he racked up simply shy of $9 million in dwell match earnings and rather more from his pre-Black Friday on-line grind enjoying beneath the display screen title “BLUFFforRENT.”

In slang phrases, he’s an OG poker professional. Anyone who has been round for a protracted time frame whereas attaining success at a excessive stage.

However regardless of his lengthy listing of accomplishments within the sport, the Alabama native appears to have lately taken his sport to a different stage. On the now-reopened match circuit, Shorr has thrived.

Via the primary 9 months of 2021, the primary full yr with dwell match poker for the reason that pandemic, Shorr has cashed for $940,505, with three victories and 9 remaining tables.

“Clearly, one of many good issues about successful is it form of loosens you up down the stretch in this stuff,” stated Shorr about his wildly profitable yr to this point. “There’s not as a lot stress if you’ve been there lately. You may actually get into a pleasant stream state and simply attempt to make the most effective resolution and never fear in regards to the cash a lot.”

The rhythm he discovered himself in couldn’t have come at a greater time – simply earlier than the beginning of the World Sequence of Poker. Whereas in principle, previous outcomes aren’t essentially indicative of future success, Shorr is using excessive on confidence.

“I positively suppose there’s something to [momentum],” stated Shorr. “You see it so typically within the match world, a man simply go off for an enormous streak. After which typically folks will simply have actually dangerous streaks as a result of, I imply, it’s actual. I’ve completed a whole lot of shedding within the match world as properly. I understand how it impacts you although you strive to not get affected by the swings. Deep down, I really feel that you’re typically affected subconsciously and may not pull the set off in an enormous spot if you’re working dangerous.”

Shorr has had no downside pulling the set off recently, and is enjoying at a stage he hasn’t been at earlier than. In early September, Shorr was an everyday within the excessive curler Poker Masters occasions on the Aria, a collection that options smaller, elite fields enjoying buy-ins of at least $10,000.

Shorr at the WSOPHe received the primary occasion of the collection, a $10,000 no-limit maintain’em occasion for $205,000, defeating his good buddy David Peters, a high-stakes legend who sits sixth on poker’s all-time cash listing, to earn the trophy. A number of months earlier, Shorr spent his summer time months grinding U.S. Poker Open occasions with the identical caliber of gamers.

To be clear, it’s not that Shorr isn’t elite. He has clearly discovered a ton of success enjoying poker for practically 20 years, however he wasn’t an everyday within the excessive rollers both. The timing of his soar in stakes isn’t any accident, nonetheless. The nation-wide shutdowns of casinos in response to the virus compelled the poker world to play on-line, and Shorr was compelled to return to his roots.

“I devoted myself to on-line poker,” stated Shorr about what he did throughout the downtime. “I beforehand performed a bunch on-line after I first bought began enjoying till Black Friday. Then for 10 years I simply performed on-line sort of casually. I contemplate myself extra of a dwell participant.”

Since he was compelled again onto the digital felt, it gave him a possibility to re-evaluate his play. With somewhat assist from among the best gamers within the sport, Shorr retooled his strategy.

“When the pandemic got here, I noticed it as an awesome alternative. All of the motion was shifting on-line, so I may simply grind and research a bunch. I actually made it a way of life. I had been speaking with ‘LuckyChewy’ [Andrew Lichtenberger]. He’s taught me a lot. He’s so basically sound, and it’s been immensely useful for my sport.”

With Lichtenberger’s steerage, Shorr constructed a deeper understanding of methods to use trendy know-how to assist enhance his sport.

“A number of years in the past, I initially bought began with Solvers,” stated Shorr. “I imply, they’re so in-depth and there may be a lot to it that I used to be in all probability not utilizing it accurately. However he pointed me within the path of methods to optimize it and be capable of view a whole lot of info in a short time. It simply revolutionized my sport. Once I was enjoying dwell, I had an honest really feel for odds and ranges and stuff, however seeing how totally different ranges work together on totally different boards is completely fascinating stuff. The extra you already know, the extra you notice you don’t know, principally.”

It was the kind of finding out that wasn’t round throughout on-line poker’s glory days. When Shorr was shifting up the ranks, gamers have been in essence simply guessing at what the right technique was.

“We talked about palms and stuff,” stated Shorr in regards to the pre-solver period of poker. “And it was identical to a whole lot of attempting to determine it out by means of enjoying. And there have been the boards which I dabbled in somewhat bit. I used to be simply on the market sort of winging it. The sport has modified fairly a bit since then.”

Though he wasn’t working with solvers and enjoying sport principle optimum (GTO) poker, Shorr was ready to have a look at how his opponents have been enjoying and discover a ok counter technique to succeed. And within the dwell enviornment, the exploitative methods mixed with above-average focus was greater than sufficient to win the cash.

“I feel that in dwell [poker], I actually give myself a whole lot of edge as a result of I’m prepared to take some exploits,” he stated. “And I additionally prefer to suppose that I’m very current on the desk. I watch all of the palms go down and attempt to get a really feel for the vitality. Whereas I see lots of people on their telephones or messing round doing different stuff. However for me, enjoying a dwell match is sort of identical to meditation. I can sit there and simply soak up as a lot info as potential to attempt to make the most effective resolution.”

For many of his profession, that was greater than sufficient to succeed. Shorr was a feared on-line participant earlier than 2011 and was a constant winner at mid- and high-stakes poker tournaments. Reaching success on the absolute high tier of poker, nonetheless, was eluding him earlier than this yr.

“I used to be enjoying a whole lot of [World Poker Tour events] and [European Poker Tour events], and I’d play some EPT excessive rollers after I was over there in Europe,” stated Shorr of his previous experiences. “However truthfully, the upper buy-in stuff for probably the most half didn’t go properly till lately. I feel I wasn’t ok on the time after I was attempting to battle with a whole lot of these high gamers.”

With some finding out beneath his belt and a few added cash to his bankroll, Shorr is ready to compete towards the forms of gamers that will maintain over him previously. In his eyes, the flexibility to only keep on the highest ranges for any important interval provides him the chance to enhance and succeed.

“I really feel just like the schooling that you simply get from enjoying in these excessive rollers is commonly well worth the time spent,” stated Shorr. “I do know I’m turning some ROI. I don’t know precisely what it’s, however I do know that it’s constructive so I’m blissful to get an schooling. I get to see how a few of these sickos like Ali [Imsirovic] and [David] Peters and [Stephen] Chidwick play a whole lot of spots.”

What he additionally realized is that these occasions aren’t all stuffed with the likes of Imsirovic, Peters, and Chidwick. There are gamers within the discipline that he clearly has an edge on.

“I additionally discovered that a few of these $10,000 buy-in occasions are literally fairly an excellent worth,” he stated. “I feel it’s simply because there’s fairly a couple of leisure gamers that find yourself enjoying these tournaments and professionals which might be enjoying that aren’t tremendous elite. They is likely to be round, however they in all probability haven’t been enjoying quite a bit on-line and getting reps at these shorter stacks that you simply typically face. And with a number of the ICM [Independent Chip Model] spots, lots of people simply get it improper.”

As Shorr reaches the height of poker’s pecking order, he’s beginning to have a look at what comes subsequent in his life away from the felt.

“I actually love poker and it’ll at all times be a part of my life,” stated the latest transplant to Las Vegas. “Though I’m feeling myself longing to not play as a lot and work as arduous. It’s very concerned. It’s emotionally taxing. It’s quite a bit. Ideally, I’d like for some investments to work out and simply play sufficient poker to maintain my life-style. I don’t spend a complete lot of cash on myself anyway.”

Along with his first little one due quickly, Shorr is envisioning a extra low-key future centered round his new household.

“That’s going to alter issues somewhat bit,” stated Shorr in regards to the upcoming start of his daughter. “I envision having a quiet life in Las Vegas, elevating a few youngsters and enjoying the great things that comes by means of Vegas. I’m hoping that I’ll be touring much less and be capable of spend extra time discovering another pursuits and stuff.”

Whereas household life could also be one of many driving elements that finally ends up with the 36-year-old spending much less time in poker rooms, it was additionally one of many causes he put a lot work into his sport within the first place.

“I purchased a home earlier this yr in Summerlin and my life didn’t have a lot path,” stated Shorr. “I had my spouse Pleasure, who’s wonderful, and we have been sort of touring alongside, however we didn’t precisely have a plan. However then as soon as we went down the parenthood street, I simply felt like I can simply be right here and research poker. Touring is actually intense and exhausting, and as an alternative I can simply be right here and research and play poker and sort of chill. I’ve a a lot clearer head and am capable of play higher.”

With Vegas as Shorr’s new dwelling, touring much less is way simpler for the soon-to-be father. Nevada is likely one of the handful of states that has a regulated on-line poker market and there are many tournaments that happen within the metropolis, together with the WSOP and a number of other excessive curler collection that decision Aria dwelling.

Between the tournaments in Vegas and occasional aircraft rides to Florida and different large tour stops, Shorr believes he’ll be capable of obtain the steadiness between poker and household life he’s striving for.

“I’ll in all probability play extra on-line and [the series at the Seminole Hard Rock] can be a can’t-miss cease for me. I actually prefer it there,” stated Shorr. “Pleasure will let me sneak away for these a couple of instances a yr, however clearly fatherhood comes first. So I’ll attempt to handle being dwelling as a lot as potential. I do know another guys who’re dad and mom which might be out right here doing it. Jeremy Ausmus and Eric Baldwin and some others. They make it work.”

Fortunately for Shorr, he additionally has a companion that can assist make the dream occur.

“I feel it takes a really sturdy lady, who can deal with you being out of the home for a number of hours at a time,” stated Shorr. “And I occur to have that. So I’m hopeful I could make it work between enjoying on-line, enjoying the stuff that comes by means of right here.”

The transition to excessive curler household man is an enormous one from the self-described “20-year-old child who cherished partying and poker” he was when he first began enjoying on the College of Alabama. However the mixture of a knack for the sport and a few arduous work took him down a path that gave him greater than what most aspiring professionals may even dream of.

“One thing drew me to this sport. I used to be at all times form of impartial and marched to the beat of my very own drum somewhat bit, so poker actually appealed to me,” stated Shorr. “I can’t say I ever actually thought long run about it or the place I’d be, however I used to be simply completely in love with it and it actually opened some doorways for me.” ♠

High Match Scores

Date Occasion Purchase-In End Payout
Aug. 2006 Bellagio Cup II Primary Occasion $10,000 1st Place $960,690
July 2012 WSOP Six-Max NLHE $10,000 third Place $455,362
April 2009 WPT 5 Star World Poker Traditional $25,000 fifth Place $408,550
Jan. 2019 WPT Gardens Poker Championship $10,000 2nd Place $355,885
June 2008 WSOP NLH $1,800 2nd Place $349,141
April 2021 Arduous Rock Poker Showdown NLH $5,000 1st Place $296,535
June 2019 WSOP NLH $5,000 2nd Place $273,416
July 2008 Bellagio Cup IV NLH $3,000 1st Place $247,555
Sept. 2021 Poker Masters NLH $10,000 1st Place $205,000
Jan. 2006 Aussie Hundreds of thousands Primary Occasion AUD$10,000 4th Place $199,129
Feb. 2014 WPT Fortunate Hearts Poker Open $3,500 2nd Place $190,039
July 2018 WSOP Primary Occasion $10,000 thirty ninth Place $189,165
Aug. 2021 Arduous Rock Poker Open NLH $2,500 1st Place $186,261
April 2019 Borgata Spring Poker Open NLH $2,500 2nd Place $171,448
Jan. 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Journey Turbo NLH $10,000 1st Place $160,610




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