Freddy Deeb

Freddy Deeb

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Kassem Ibrahim "Freddy" Deeb in Beirut, Lebanon) is a professional poker player who emigrated from Lebanon to the United States at the age of 19.

Before poker

Deeb was attending Utah State University when civil war broke out in Lebanon in 1975. He lost contact with his parents (who had been sending him money to support his education) for two years. Deeb was unable to gain employment due to the restrictions of his student visa, so he began gambling. Deeb was forced to leave his education, just 12 credits away from graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Poker career

At the 1996 World Series of Poker (WSOP), he won the $5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw event, receiving $146,250 and besting a field that also contained Mickey Appleman, Gabe Kaplan, David Grey and Doyle Brunson. He also finished in the money of the World Series of Poker Main Event twice, placing 17th in the 1995 World Series of Poker and 13th in the 2003 World Series of Poker.

He won the fourth season World Poker Tour (WPT) Ultimate Poker Classic event, where he won $1,000,000.

Deeb has also appeared in the Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament series and in the GSN series, High Stakes Poker.

Deeb is well-known for wearing patterned/multi-colored shirts, one of which became famous at the 2003 World Series of Poker. Holding pocket Kings, Deeb went all-in against Phil Ivey, who flopped three sevens; a third King...
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