Kassem Ibrahim Deeb aka Freddy Deeb was born on November 27, 1955 in Beirut, Lebanon. He immigrated to the United States to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering when he was just 19. He was on a student VISA and was being supported by his parent who’d send him school support money from Lebanon. However a civil war broke out in Lebanon in 1975, a year after Freddy Deeb had gotten to the States. Unfortunately, he lost contact with his parents for two years. Without contact with his parents, he had no source of income and what he already had on him was running out fast. He couldn’t get a job because he was on a student’s VISA, and so he resorted to gambling. He eventually had no choice but to leave his education; he was only 12 credits away to graduating.
Without the ability to contact his parents to support him, and unable to submit himself to deportation to a country on a civil war, Freddy decided to by all means make his ends meet. With a lot of setbacks and the inability to get a job, Freddy had no choice but to turn to gambling to meet his living expenses in Nevada. He played a couple poker games, and as his skills improved, he began to make a good living from it. He had no choice but to drop out of school and so he began to move closer to the best poker establishments in Reno and Las Vegas.
He eventually became popular in cash games as he continued to make a name for himself. His first big cashing was in 1986, and has ever since been on a roll, as he continued to show a tremendous ability in poker at tournaments. He also mastered all disciplines of poker.
In 1996, he participated in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) where he won the $5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw game, and thus received $146,250. This was one of his greatest and most memorable achievements because he played against renowned players such as Gabe Kaplan, Doyle Brunson and David Grey. He defeated them and earned his first WSOP bracelet.
He finished in the World Series of Poker Main Event twice: he was at 17th place in the 1995 World Series of Poker and 13th place at the WSOP of 2003. Freddy is prominent in the history record books of the World Poker Tour. This is because in 2005, he won $1,000,000 in the Ultimate Poker Classic event of the World Poker tour, during its fourth season.All in all, in his lifetime he has won Casino winnings that amount to $8,123,414 in total. He has achieved for himself 14 career titles and 99 career-cashes.
He is famous in the world of poker because he used the game to get himself out of a life of hardship. He treats poker like business and has thus been able to amass wealth and fortune without necessarily having what most people consider a “real” job. He is proof that gambling can be done professionally and can be a real career choice.