- Last Updated: 7:14 AM, July 9, 2012
- Posted: 1:09 AM, July 9, 2012
A New York card shark is the best — when it comes to being the worst.
Pro poker player Nick “Slick” Schulman, a Manhattan native, won $294,321 in one of the game’s most respected events in Las Vegas last week.
He captured the World Series of Poker’s Deuce to Seven Lowball event — a five-card draw game that’s unlike any competition commonly seen on TV.
The game’s aim is to make the lowest hand possible.
Aces count high, so an unsuited 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 would be the best hand possible, because a 7 would be the lowest high card.
The $294,321 top prize is a far cry from the seven-digit payouts in big televised Texas Hold ’Em events.
But Schulman’s victory earned him a prized WSOP bracelet and respect from his peers, who view this obscure game as one of poker’s purest forms.
Deuce to Seven is “definitely my best game,” the 26-year-old Schulman told Poker News, “[but] a lot has to go right to win.”
Schulman has three tournament titles and career earnings north of $5.4 million, according to the Web site PokerPages.com