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Feb 19, 2024

On this special episode of the PokerNews Podcast sponsored by 888pokerChad Holloway goes one-on-one with Shaun Deeb, who accepted a $800,000 buyout in his $1 million body fat prop bet against Bill Perkins.

Nearly 11 months ago, the poker players agreed to a 14-month wager on Deeb's ability to bring his body fat composition down significantly. The bet had essentially no stipulations -- either get to 17% body fat by the start of the 2024 World Series of Poker (WSOP), or lose $100,000. 

Last month, Deeb gave his X followers an update on his progress, and it was certainly positive in his favor. A January 25 Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan showed his body fat had dropped to 23.9% with still four months to go. That caused Perkins to begin proposing potential buyout possibilities on X, although nothing had been officially agreed upon.

On Friday, he went in for another DEXA scan, and he was in even better shape -- 22.0% body fat composition. Then, on Saturday, the future Poker Hall of Famer informed his social media followers that Perkins had bought out of the bet for $800,000 just over three months from the start of the 2024 WSOP.

Deeb shared all the details of his journey, why he opted to accept the buyout, and where he plans to go from here. Plus, hear his thoughts on the 2024 WSOP schedule.

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00:01 | Welcome to the show
00:40 | Sponsor: 888poker
01:34 | Shaun Deeb joins the show
02:38 | Still going for 17%
04:00 | Is the beard going?
04:45 | Publicizing the buyout
05:55 | How did you do it? 
10:55 | What was the most challenging thing you faced?
11:34 | How Chad met Deeb’s wife
13:48 | A lot of people didn’t think you could do it
17:45 | Do you have a celebration in mind once you hit your goal?
18:00 | The story of Ted’s Fish Fry
19:37 | Thoughts on the 2024 WSOP schedule
23:29 | Who is Charlie?
25:32 | When do you turn 40 and become eligible for Poker Hall of Fame?
25:54 | Thinking of family
27:58 | Aiming for abs
28:42 | How much side action is there on this bet?