Professional Poker Player Shawn Buchanan

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Shawn Buchanan

Quick Fact Sheet

Full name: Shawn Buchanan
Date of Birth: n/a
Birth Place: B.C. Canada
Residence: Abottsford, BC
Marital Status: n/a
Nickname: Shawn “buck21” Buchanan
Fun Facts: Shawn is currently rated the top up and coming poker professional from Canada

Full Player Profile: Shawn “buck21” Buchanan

Is it a coincidence that his online name says “buck” and some of Shawn’s friends call him “bucky”? Probably not considering the player from Abottsford British Columbia currently sits 9th on the Canadian Player All Time Money list and in the top 20 of the 2010 WSOP money list, he has certainly been bringing in the “big bucks”.

Since 2005, Shawn has amassed an incredible $3, 346, 038 in tournament winnings. When he leaves the house that is. Online, he is approaching another million in earnings and is known to play cash games of $100/$200 No Limit and some say, his stakes go even higher than that. Shawn’s largest online win added $175,140 to his account and his Pot Limit Omaha and No Limit success in WCOOP and SCOOP events has seen him raking several other wins of over one hundred thousand dollars.

Where does one start, in listing this mans accomplishments on the felt? Perhaps his World Poker Tour Season 6 win is a good place. His 2007 win was worth a sweet $768, 775 USD, roughly about seven hundred and twenty thousand dollars more than any of his previous cashes. Was he through the roof about it? Judge for yourself:


Well, he wasn’t screaming like a school girl at a Justin Bieber concert any way. Nor did he act like a deranged lunatic after his opponent hit his two outer during three handed play, not only costing him his 2nd WPT title, almost a million dollar difference in prize money, but cost him the WPT Player of the Year title. Had his QQ vs 99 held up, he would have shared equal bragging rights with fellow Canadian players Gavin Smith and Daniel Negreanu, who have both won the honor in previous seasons. Think the beat you just took sucked? Bookmark this as a reminder of how much more it can! (9:30 min mark approx) :


Buchanan is a class act though, as he plainly showed and 2010 seemed destined to put Shawn’s breaking point to the test again. Shawn found himself heads up again in Event #52 of the 2010 World Series of Poker in the $25,000 High Roller 6 max event. This time he would get it all in with pocket jacks and his opponent in need of an ace to take the win when the board ran out 3, 5, 6, 4. The Ace did find it’s 3 outer on the river, this time costing Shawn a half million dollar difference in money and his first bracelet.

A little bad luck for sure, as both times most would agree he deserved to win. As a true player with 43 major tournaments in the money finishes spread across the APPT, Aussie Millions, WPT, NAPT and WSOP, Buchanan just keeps his nose to the “grindstone” and is definitely a Canadian favorite to continue to accomplish great things on the felts.


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