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Beth Shak
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Born (1969-11-08) November 8, 1969 (age 47)
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) None
Final table(s) 3
Money finish(es) 8
World Poker Tour
Title(s) None
Final table(s) None
Money finish(es) 4
European Poker Tour
Title(s) None
Final table(s) None
Money finish(es) 1
Information accurate as of 30 May 2014.

Beth Shak (born November 8, 1969) is an American professional poker player, who has been playing professionally since 2004. She is also an entrepreneur and philanthropist as well as a shoe and handbag expert. Shak ran a private vintage designer clothing business for 10 years.[1] Her most recent project is a custom designed poker chip set currently on pre-order at her website.[2]

Listed as one of the most attractive poker players[3] Shak has appeared in the World Series of Poker, CBS, Playboy's Poker Tournament, "Aces & Angels" at the Playboy Mansion, YRB Magazine's "Rock It" fashion spread, Social Life magazine, Shoeholics magazine, Good Morning America, The View, AOL.com's You've Got, The Today Show and MTV Cribs.

Shak has been featured on several television programs, including 20/20, Celebrity Nightmares, Millionaire Matchmaker, Poker After Dark and NY Ink. She has been a contributing writer to Cosmopolitan and PhillyMag and has been featured several times in the Huffington Post. In 2012, Shak was listed by Philadelphia Daily News in their Sexy Singles for 2012.[4] Shak was also mentioned in the NY Times for her role in a documentary about high heels.[5]

Most recently she has released a poker chip set, featured on The Ellen Show 12 days of giving.[6][7]

Poker career

Shak initially learned to play poker by logging on to Full Tilt Poker and using “play money” until she felt comfortable enough to start playing with real money. When she started playing live, she found it to be “very different” and had to learn not to let men intimidate her. She has said she wants to be known as a good player, not "a good player...for a woman."[8] In 2007, Shak signed on as a Red Pro for Full Tilt Poker.

She's won 3 Word Series of Poker final tables and has thirteen tournament cashes to her name, placing her amongst the top percentile of the Women's All Time Money List.[9] At her first final table, she lost to Jennifer Tilly. She placed 8th in the 2005 World Series of Poker Ladies' event, which was only her second live tournament. At the 2007 World Series of Poker Shak placed 2nd (out of over 800 players) in the $3K No-Limit Hold ‘em event.[10]

Shak made it to the final day of Season 5 of the European Poker Tour (EPT) finishing in the top 30 out of over 500 players, according to the European Poker Tour season 5 results. Her most recent win was in Johannesburg, South Africa playing 7 card stud.

As of 2009, her total live tournament winnings exceed $450,000.[11] Of those winnings, $363,118 have come at the WSOP.

Shoe collection

Shak owns approximately 1,200 pairs of shoes, valued at ~$1 million (£640,000),[12] including 700 pairs by designer Christian Louboutin.[13] Her shoe collection has led to her receiving no small amount of media attention. Her shoe collection has been written about in many articles and she has made several TV appearances to talk about it. She was featured next to other celebrities such as Fergie and Kelly Rowland in the documentary God Save My Shoes, directed by Julie Benasra.[14][15]

Handbag Collection

Beth Shak has an extensive handbag collection. She started it when she was 16 years old and added many unique handbags during her vintage clothing business and while traveling around the world playing poker and added to her collection while she was traveling. It was both a passion and an investment [16]

Personal life

Shak was married to fellow poker player Dan Shak, but they divorced in 2009.[17] A civil suit for a portion of her shoes was brought against Shak by her ex-husband, but was dismissed.[18] Shak appeared on a November 2010 episode of "reality" television program, Millionaire Matchmaker, as a "millionairess" seeking professional dating help to find a life partner.[19] She has three children. On June 9, 2016, Beth Shak married Rick Leventhal in Las Vegas.[20] In April 2017, Beth filed for divorce after nine months of marriage citing "irreconcilable differences".[21]

Shak has developed a clothing line which includes hoodies and tank tops with plans for a high-end shoe line and a line of lingerie.[22]

Philanthropy

Shak is the founder and chair of the Deal Me In For Jed Poker Event[23] benefitting The JED Foundation (founded by Phil and Donna Satow in memory of their son Jed), a non-profit organization working to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college and university students. The event is hosted by Beth Shak and Jamie Gold. She comments, "I picked The JED Foundation to work with because what they stand for really resonated with me. My daughter has had a few challenges and it warms my heart to know that JED is out there to help and support kids like her." Celebrity guests include Zach Brown and DaQuan Jones and from the Tennessee Titans, Garry Gilliam and Jordan Hill from the Seattle Seahawks, Rick Leventhal, Constantine Maroulis, and Montel Williams - amongst others.[24]

Shak is a philanthropist, playing in many charity poker tournaments, raising money for various charities, most notably the "All in" for Kids Poker Tournament (which she co-founded)[25] for The Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania’s Palliative Care program.[26] She is on the board of the Wish Upon A Hero Foundation,[27] the advisory board of ShoeRevolt.com, and is on a committee at Gift of Life.[28] She supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation[29] and attended the LeSean McCoy celebrity charity weekend.[30]

Shak has created the " Beth Shak Charitable Foundation" in order to support charitable organizations that give back to communities. “Shades of Greatness Foundation Inc.” - The LeSean McCoy Foundation[31] and the M. Night Shayamalan Foundation[32] are among the organizations that she supports.

Having made a five-figure donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, she was allowed to host a private screening Hampton Arts Cinema in Westhampton in honor of her Yorkie (Mila Shak)’s birthday.[33]

Shak co-chaired the Pink Tie Ball in 2005. She is on the committee of ONEXONE and she is also a supporter of American Red Cross,[34] P.A.W.S.,[35] Redlight Children Campaign,[36] Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation,[37] and ASPCA.[38]

Other charitable events/foundations Shak has supported include:

  • 'Ante Up for Africa'[39]
  • The annual 'Sunflower Children Texas Hold'Em Celebrity Charity Benefit'[40]
  • 'Poker Jingle' for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society[41]
  • 'Celeb Hold'Em' event benefiting the Miracle Foundation[42]
  • Pledges towards the Pennsylvania Vet Working Dog Center[43]

Media appearances

Movies / documentaries
Year Title Notes
2009 God Save My Shoes Documentary on the intimate relationship women have with their shoes[44]
Television
Year Program or media outlet Notes
2008 Poker After Dark Season 3 Episode 46[45]
2009 Access Hollywood Shopping with Eva Longoria
2009 myfoxla.com "Gambling Secrets from the Pros"[46]
2009 MTV Appearance on MTV Teen Cribs
2010 Whatever with Alexis & Jennifer Appearance on October, 2010
2010 Fox News Channel "Poker Face"[47]
2010 NBC 10 Philadelphia "Poker Champion Gives Back"[48]
2010 Asylum "Poker Player Beth Shak"[49]
2010 RTL Deutschland Shak featured on a Dutch television series.
2010 Fox News Channel "Is Taxing Poker a Bad Play?"[50]
2010 Fox Business Network Segment:"Buy Sell Hold 9/2/10"[51]
2010 Stars and Stories Shak featured on a German television show.
2010 Millionaire Matchmaker Appearance on November, 2010.
2011 Shoes.tv "Ankle Breaking News: Beth Shak, Justin Bieber, Adidas, Lady Gaga"[52]
2011 AOL.com "You've Got Beth Shak"[53]
2011 The Today Show "Poker queen antes up 1,200 pairs of shoes"[54]
2011 Vine Talk Appearance on Vine Talk with Stanley Tucci[55]
2011 Cosmo TV Appearance on Series: Oh So Cosmo
2011 Fox News Channel "God Save My Shoes"[56]
2011 Inside Edition Story on Shak's shoe collection.
2011 The Daily "High on Heels"[57]
2011 The Wendy Williams Show Appearance on the Wendy Williams Show[58]
2011 Celebrity Nightmares Decoded Episode 3[59]
2011 One on One with Steve Adubato Appearance on November 12, 2011
2011 God Save My Shoes - Webisode "Beth Shak's Shoe Closet"[60]
2012 NY Ink Season 2 - Beth Shak: Poker Hottie[61]
2012 Fox News Fox Philly - Deals on Boots and Bags[62]
2012 Good Morning America Shoe Addicts' Obsession Revealed in Documentary[63]
2012 Fox News Fox Philly - Daily News Sexy Singles on a Good Day[64]
2012 The View (U.S. TV series) The View - Episode 714
2012 20/20 (U.S. TV series) 20/20 - I'm Obsessed With...[65]
2012 HLN (TV channel) HLN - Evening Express - Suit Dropped Over Woman's Shoe Collection
2013 Million Dollar Shoppers Million Dollar Shoppers Season 1[66]
2014 Fox Friday Night Live Fox Friday Night Live, August 29, 2014[67]
2014 The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson Fox News - October 23, 2014[68]
2015 CBS Sports CBS Sports, Poker Night in America - November 9, 2015 and November 10, 2015[69]
2015 CBS Local Media CBS Local, Seen at 11: Investing in Handbags... - December 9, 2015[70]

Mila Shak

Mila Shak is a brindle teacup Yorkshire Terrier owned by Beth Shak.[71] Mila was born in Greenbrier, Tennessee on July 12, 2012, and was adopted by Beth when she was less than four months old. She spent her formative years at a home in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania with Sabine, another Yorkshire Terrier. Later, she moved to New York City where she resides today with Beth.[72]

Mila is a model who’s been featured in multiple publications including In Touch Weekly, the NY Post, Hamptons Pet[73] and Shoeholics Magazine.[74] She was on the summer cover of Hampton's Pet magazine.[75] In early June Mila's instagram account was hacked as part of an attack on Beth and the case was featured in the New York Post.[76]

In honor of Mila’s 4th birthday, Beth hosted a private screening at Hampton Arts Cinema in Westhampton after making a five figure donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.[77]

References

  1. ^ Epoch Times
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  3. ^ Most Attractive Player
  4. ^ Philly.com
  5. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/25/movies/god-save-my-shoes-a-documentary-about-high-heels.html?_r=0
  6. ^ the ellen show
  7. ^ beth shak poker chip
  8. ^ West, Jeff. "An Interview With Beth Shak - Part I". Poker Pages. Archived from the original on February 17, 2009. Retrieved June 8, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Women's All Time Money List, Top 100". Hendon Mob Poker Database. Retrieved June 8, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Beth Shak". Full Tilt Poker. Archived from the original on June 18, 2009. Retrieved June 8, 2009. 
  11. ^ Hendon Mob tournament results
  12. ^ MULKERRINS, Jane (August 11, 2012). "$1 million shoe lady". Daily Mail (UK). Retrieved August 11, 2012. 
  13. ^ Rosen, Daniel Edward (July 27, 2011). "It's a whole lotta 'sole'". New York Post. Retrieved August 1, 2011. 
  14. ^ God Save My Shoes - God Save My Shoes, Officieal Website
  15. ^ "‘God Save My Shoes’ Gives Stilettos the Documentary Treatment". 
  16. ^ CBS Local
  17. ^ Behan, Tara (August 19, 2008). "What’s It Pay?". Main Line Today. Retrieved June 12, 2009. 
  18. ^ Levin, Bess (August 7, 2012). "Woman Whose Ex-Hedge Fund Husband Demanded A Cut Of Her Shoes Just Rubbing It In His Face At This Point". Main Line Today. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  19. ^ House of Cards - Bravo TV website, Millionaire Matchmaker
  20. ^ Robin Leach (2016-06-15). "Rick Leventhal and Beth Shak’s L.V. wedding is no longer a secret". LasVegasSun.com. Retrieved 2017-04-08. 
  21. ^ Ruiz, Karen (5 April 2017). "Poker player divorces Fox News correspondent after less than a year". Mail Online. Retrieved 2017-04-08. 
  22. ^ http://bethshak.com/content/shopping/
  23. ^ Deal me In for JED event
  24. ^ Deal Me In For JED press release
  25. ^ All In Poker Tournament Archived April 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  26. ^ Katie, Lindsay (July 10, 2009). "The Round Table – Beth Shak the Charitable Poker Playing Mother". PokerWorks. Retrieved June 8, 2009. 
  27. ^ Wish Upon a Hero Archived July 24, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  28. ^ Gift of Life
  29. ^ http://furthered.com/company-culture/lawline-poker-stars-for-charity/
  30. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-07-08. 
  31. ^ LeSean McCoy Foundation
  32. ^ [ww.mnsfoundation.org]
  33. ^ Page 6
  34. ^ Philly2Philly
  35. ^ Paw Nation
  36. ^ RedLight Children Archived June 17, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  37. ^ Pedaids Archived August 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  38. ^ StarPulse Archived June 8, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  39. ^ Ante Up For Africa
  40. ^ Sunflower Children Benefit
  41. ^ Benefit for the LLS
  42. ^ Miracle Foundation
  43. ^ Working Dog Center Annual Report
  44. ^ God Save My Shoes
  45. ^ Poker After Dark#Season 3 .282008.29
  46. ^ Gambling Secrets
  47. ^ Poker Face
  48. ^ Poker Champion Gives Back Philadelphia
  49. ^ Poker Player Beth Shak
  50. ^ Is Taxing Poker a Bad Play?
  51. ^ Bill on the Buy Sell Hold
  52. ^ Ankle Breaking News Archived January 10, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  53. ^ You've Got Beth Shak
  54. ^ Poker Queen Antes Up 1200 Pairs of Shoes
  55. ^ Vine Talk
  56. ^ God Save My Shoes
  57. ^ High on Heels
  58. ^ Wendy Williams Show
  59. ^ Celebrity Nightmares Decoded
  60. ^ Beth's Shoe Closet
  61. ^ NY Ink on TLC Archived January 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  62. ^ MyFoxPhilly
  63. ^ Good Morning America
  64. ^ FoxPhilly
  65. ^ 20/20 Archived August 17, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  66. ^ http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/million-dollar-shoppers/video/season-1/episode-6/craziest-clients-of-season-1
  67. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-09-03. Retrieved 2014-09-01. 
  68. ^ http://video.foxnews.com/v/3855440995001/real-estate-agents-carrying-guns-for-protection/?playlist_id=2694949841001#sp=show-clips
  69. ^ http://www.pokernight.com/poker-night-in-america-weekly-recap-november-9/
  70. ^ Seen At 11: Investing In Handbags Is A Solid Financial Bet, Experts Say
  71. ^ http://bethshak.com/mila/
  72. ^ http://milashak.com/ Milashak.com
  73. ^ http://milashak.com/hamptons-pet-issue-no-9-2016/ Hamptons Pet Issue No. 9
  74. ^ http://milashak.com/shoeholics/ Shoeholics
  75. ^ http://www.hamptonspet.com/ Hampton's Pet
  76. ^ http://pagesix.com/2017/06/20/poker-queens-private-info-compromised-in-home-invasion/ Page6
  77. ^ http://pagesix.com/2016/07/25/beth-shak-throws-over-the-top-puppy-party-to-screen-movie/ Puppy Party

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