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Barry Shulman, Poker Biography

by Jennifer Newell

Barry Shulman was born on May 8, 1946, in Seattle, Washington. He was born and raised in the American Northwest. He learned to play poker in the 1960s during his college years, though it was purely a leisure activity at the time.

After college, Shulman went into the real estate business and worked as a developer with much success for 25 years. Still in the Seattle area, he began to play a bit more poker when time allowed, and frequent trips to Las Vegas garnered some modest success in poker tournaments. His first recorded final table was at the Winter Oasis tournament in Las Vegas in 1993, where he finished second in a stud/hold'em event for $4,440.

Upon his retirement from the real estate business in the mid-1990s, Shulman moved to Las Vegas. With more time on his hands, he played more tournaments, making final tables in events like the Queens Poker Classic Summer Edition in 1995, Four Queens Poker Classic in 1996, and the World Series of Poker in 1997, where he placed fifth in a $3,000 PLHE event for $25,500.

He experienced his first win in the 1990s as well, with a $500 LHE victory at the Carnivale of Poker for $33,895, and another win in an Omaha hi/lo tournament on the 1998 Card Player Cruise. His interest in poker had grown into much more than a casual one, and he ultimately purchased Card Player Magazine in 1999. Shulman grew the publication from a free handout in poker rooms to a subscription magazine, as well as a website and worldwide poker resource.

At the tables, Shulman was becoming a well-respected player in his own right. In his travels around the world for Card Player, he won tournaments like the First Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open in Tunica in 2000, a Vienna Spring Festival NLHE event in Austria the same year, and another Card Player Cruise tournament. In 2001, he won his first World Series of Poker bracelet in a $1,500 Stud Hi/Lo event for $123,820, and he made more final tables in subsequent years.

In 2003, Shulman made his first World Poker Tour final table at the Poker Classic in Aruba, finishing fourth for $112,780, and he then won a side event at the Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Las Vegas later in 2003 for $234,798. Big finishes in WPT events and WSOP events kept him on everyone's radar.

But it was in 2009 that he hit his biggest win of his poker playing career. He played in the WSOP Europe 10,000 NLHE World Championship event and won it, collecting a second WSOP bracelet along with 801,603. And in January of 2010, he finished third at the PokerSTars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas for $1,350,000.

Shulman continues to play poker, racking up his latest win in a $300 NLHE event at the 2011 Southern Poker Championship in Biloxi. In total, he has accumulated more than $4.4 million in live tournament earnings through mid-2011. Not a bad side income to his media company and his retirement from real estate.

Meanwhile, he continues to run Card Player Media. With son Jeff Shulman as the company's president, the Shulmans have become a staple in poker media, as well as well-respected poker players. Barry Shulman has also published two books on hold'em poker, one released in 2005 and the other in 2006.

Read Barry Shulman's Profile for more information including his tournament results and total winnings.

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Jennifer Newell Jennifer Newell is a freelance writer, originally from St. Louis but now living in Los Angeles. She fell in love with poker while working at WPT and began writing about it in 2005.