Poker player Shaun Deeb wants to set a record with a vintage video game
By Bob Garcia
Deeb wants to set the high score in the Contra video game
One of Shaun Deeb’s most relevant characteristics is being a master of mixed games. During his career, the poker pro has been able to win four World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets in four different categories. However, his passion seems to be going beyond the poker table, because he has expressed to be a faithful lover of “Contra,” one of the most recognized vintage games worldwide. Deeb now not only wants to have a high score in the poker world, but he is looking to do his thing through old video games, as well.
Deeb claims to have always been a long-time lover of video games and said that video games and gambling are a great combination for him. Nelson Laffey, a big collector of all things nerdy, first met Deeb while playing poker in New York. Since then, the two bonded and realized that poker wasn’t the only chemistry the two had. “I just happened to run into him at a casino, he’d just gotten into poker and we became friends right away. Now, we hang out all the time and he’s one of my closest friends,” Deeb said.
The two bought a “bunch of stuff” that turned out to be old factory-sealed video games, such as “Final Fantasy,” “Double Dragon,” “Deja Vu,” “Street Fighter II” and, of course, “Contra.” According to Deeb, the investment was at least 100 different pieces. However, the piece that garnered the most recognition was the high-quality third print of Nintendo’s classic “The Legend of Zelda.”
Today, Deeb and Laffey’s amazing lot is being sold as individual pieces, some of which there is time to bid on until the following week. No doubt, many investors and collectors will decide to pick a few from that collection to add to their list. Deeb has made it clear that he is excited to see what he will get out of this collection. However, he says he does not consider it a simple transaction, but a passion that connects him to his childhood and one that he definitely wants to continue to pursue.