American poker player Beth Shak only discovered poker in 2002, but by 2004 she was playing professionally, and has been ever since. She initially learned the game by playing on Full Tilt Poker’s ‘Play Money’ tables, but quickly graduated to real money.
When she entered the live poker arena, she found it to be difficult at first, stating that she had to learn not to be intimidated by men. Once she got the feel of it, however, she was a force to be reckoned with.
Beth Shak has a total of ten tournament cashes to her name, which places her among the top tier of the Women’s All-Time Money Winners. In 2005, she finished eighth in the World Series of Poker Ladies event, which at the time was only her second live tournament. In 2007, she placed second in a WSOP $3K No Limit Hold’em event for $328K, which remains her largest cash. All told, she has over $450K in live poker winnings, $360K of which has come at the World Series of Poker.
Away from poker, Shak is developing a line of clothing that will prominently feature hoodies, as well as high-end lines of shoes and lingerie. Under the media spotlight, she has appeared at multiple events at the Playboy Mansion, on MTV Cribs, and in YRB Magazine’s ‘Rock It’ fashion spread.
On a personal level, Beth Shak splits her time between New York and PA. She loves working out, gourmet cooking, fashion, reading, and poker. On her website, Shak writes, “I am a very lucky woman. I take the time not only to see the roses, I smell and I savor them. I have a very supportive family. I want to be the best poker layer I can be, and when I put my mind to something, I will work and work until I achieve it.”