Manhattan, New York native Nick Schulman is a professional poker player who is known for winning Season 4 of the World Poker Tour (WPT) World Poker Finals NL Hold’Em event in 2005 at Foxwoods. For his efforts, Schulman pocketed a hefty $2,167,500—the single-season record for a regular WPT event. Adding to this impressive feat, Schulman was only 21 years of age at the time, thus becoming the youngest winner of a WPT event.
Since the age of 13, Schulman has been a world-class pool player, having been taught and mentored by many of New York City’s finest at Amsterdam Billiards. He is also a self-proclaimed boxing fanatic and—like many poker players—a chess enthusiast. Additionally, like many of this generations players Schulman began his poker journey online.
With age, experience, and maturity, Schulman has continued his rise into poker immortality. He has also embraced his new career as an exceptional poker color commentator where his intelligence, charisma, and knowledge truly shine.
On the felt
Less than a month after his impressive WPT championship, Nick Schulman finished 4th in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Atlantic City circuit event and won nearly $75,000.
Then, in April, 2006, he emerged victorious in the WPT Battle of Champions IV after eliminating Freddy Deeb.
In 2007, Schulman placed second at the World Poker Finals $10,000 NL Hold’Em event at Foxwoods, winning nearly $865, 000.
Two years later, Schulman won his first highly coveted WSOP bracelet in the $10,000 World Championship NL 2-7 Draw Lowball event. He beat such renowned players as David Benyamine, Michael Binger, and John Juanda en route to pocketing a hefty $279,751. Then, in 2012, Schulman snagged his second WSOP bracelet in the same event and took home nearly $300,000. Schulman did well in subsequent years as well, placing 4th in 2013, 2nd in 2015, and 3rd in 2017.
In 2013, Schulman won the Bay 101 Shooting Stars $25,000 NL Hold’Em High Roller Event and a respectable $270,480.
August, 2017, proved to be an extremely profitable month for Schulman when he won both the 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $50K NL Hold’Em Super High Roller event and $440,000, as well as the 2017 Poker Masters $50K NL Hold’Em event and $918,000.
To date, the 33-year-old Nick Schulman has amassed nearly $10.4 million in total live tournament winnings from his five titles and 69 career cashes. He currently ranks 38th on the U.S. All Time Money List.
Away from the table…well kind of
In September, 2010, Schulman appeared on Andrew Jenks’ MTV documentary style show World of Jenks where he detailed his early poker success, financial difficulties, and ongoing struggle with depression and anxiety.
Schulman and Nejad at the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl. Photo credit: PokerCentral
Even more recently, Schulman picked up a microphone and now provides highly lauded commentary on the game at which he excels. His first major gig was alongside veteran commentator Ali Nejad as the color man for the 2016 $300K buy-in Super High Roller Bowl for CBS Sports. Schulman received praise from peers and fans alike for his tremendous insight and pleasant personality.
Watch him explain his entrance into the wonderful world of broadcasting. Schulman’s enthusiasm is obvious and infectious.
Schulman also won the prestigious Broadcaster of the Year award at the 2018 American Poker Awards. Congratulations, Nick!
Not only has handling the mic made Schulman a very capable commentator, but the experience has also improved his own play. How could it not? Such a newfound perspective is healthy in all aspects of one’s life, and Schulman’s has served him splendidly.
Nick Schulman in action
Recently, Schulman was a guest on Joe Ingram’s Poker Life podcast where he discussed his success with high-stakes poker and his new broadcasting career.
You can also take a look at Nejad and Schulman call the final table of the 2017 Super High Roller Bowl here.
To stay abreast of Schulman’s impressive poker career, his broadcasting gigs, adorable dog, and other happenings, check out his relatively new Twitter feed. Additionally, if you are a PokerGo subscriber, take a look at Nick Schulman’s appearance on Ali Nejad’s Super High Roller Club where the two men hit a different type of felt at New York’s Society Billiards and discussed the similarities between pool and poker. You can also catch Pokerography: The Story of Nick Schulman on PokerGo as well.
Until next time.
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Natalie Faulk is a Las Vegas-based freelance writer/blogger and the author of several books. She is an avid low-stakes (for now) poker player and huge Vegas Golden Knights fan.