|23-Jan-2010||A$ 100,000 $100,000 Challenge|
2010 Aussie Millions Poker Championship, Melbourne
|05-Jan-2012||$ 100,000 No Limit Hold'em - Super High Roller Event|
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Paradise Island
|09-Apr-2011||NAPT $ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event|
NAPT Uncasville, Uncasville
|06-Jul-2007||WSOP $ 5,000 Ante Up for Africa Charity Event|
38th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2007, Las Vegas
Daniel â€śDanâ€ť Shak is known for playing in events with the biggest buyins one can find. Not only does he play in these events, but he has won a mind-blowing amount of money in them since his first recorded cash in 2004, just shy of four million dollars. Daniel is a retired commodities trader who insists that poker is just a hobby of his.
InÂ 2006 Daniel finished in 4thÂ place at the No Limit Holdâ€™em $9,700 Championship Event in Atlantic City for an impressive $151,902. Some people may have put Danâ€™s 6 figure win as a stroke of luck, but he would soon prove that it was anything but luck. One year later in 2007, he not only cashed for another 6 figure win of $243,893, but also won that money through a first place finish at the $5,000 Ante Up for Africa Charity Event.
Events with 5 figure buyins were not enough for Dan, who cashed $142,074 for a 4thÂ place finish in 2009 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge Event. It was in 2010 though that Danâ€™s fame in the poker world shot up to the sky when he cashed $1,107,553 for a first place finish at the 2010 Aussie Millions Poker Championship $100,000 Event. Daniel had the rare pleasure of being able to say that he beat Phil Ivey heads-up in the last phase of this tournament, who ended up settling for second place.Â ”I am one of the very few people willing to sit down and make a market in any spread transaction. It’s a niche market, but it’s my niche”, Daniel revealed to a reporter. He also said, ”Never try to pick the price of gold. History shows it takes a year to go up, and three days to go down,” when the reporter asked him for tips.
Since then Dan has made many 5 figure and 6 figure cashes, the most notable of which was a 2ndÂ place finish at the 2012 PCA $100,000 Super High Roller Event on Paradise Island, where he cashed $846,700.
Through a long series of further impressive wins in 2012, Daniel managed to get 14thÂ place under the 2012 Player of the Year rankings. All in all, Daniel can proudly say that he has $3,882,758 in total cashes from all of his tournaments as of January the 6thÂ 2013.
Daniel currently lives in Las Vegas where he has resided over the past 4 years, but he also has second homes in LA and NY.
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