Freddy Deeb
by Greg Cavouras  

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Not too many poker players would refer to a large cash game as an ‘investment’, but that’s exactly how Kassem ‘Freddy ‘ Deeb sees it. One of the more respected players in the game, Freddy has been playing for many years. In fact, Poker is the only paying job he’s ever had!


Freddy Deeb was born in Beirut, Lebanon. He moved away from his home country to study Mechanical Engineering in the United States. He was in his senior year of studies in Utah when war broke out in Lebanon; he was unable to contact his family, and he wasn’t permitted to work in the States. With very few options available, young Freddy took up the game of Poker, and has made quite a living for himself since.


At the table, Freddy is considered to be a very tight player. He’s not flashy or a showman like Scotty Nguyen, but he’s not as flat as some players. He rarely makes a big bluff, and is pretty conservative overall. One of his most memorable hands came against Gus Hansen in a WPT showdown; Deeb held big slick (A-K) and pushed all in. Predictably, Hansen called with his Q-T. The flop came good for Freddy, as he hit an Ace, but unfortunately for him, it was accompanied by two ladies, and Hansen knocked him out to win the tournament with a set of Queens.


Freddy Deeb has had a long and successful career as a Poker player; he won his first (and only to date) World Series of Poker bracelet in 1996 in Deuce to Seven Draw. In 2002, he placed 2nd at the WPT Five Diamonds event. Riding the strength of steadily improving play, Freddy won the L.A. Poker Classic in 2003, and has since gone on to several more placings, as well as a win at the Festa al Logo in 2004. Freddy has made many final tables, and can usually be seen wearing his trademark “lucky” shirt.


Currently, Freddy Deeb resides in Las Vegas, where he can be seen frequenting many cash games for “investment purposes”. As one of the few players who has never held any employment outside of Poker, Freddy Deeb has made a handsome living for himself. Expect him to continue to win big pots and “cash in on his investments” as he continues to live up to his reputation as one of the top players in Poker.

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