About Barry Shulman

Barry Shulman
Name Barry Shulman
Current Residence
Born May. 8, 1946
Birth Place Seattle Washington , US

As publisher of Card Player Magazine, Barry Shulman has been instrumental in what you might call the normalization of professional poker. Before he acquired the magazine, he was a successful real estate developer, and he is, by his own admission, a driven man. He says, "I wasn't psychologically suited not to be working very hard. I was fascinated by poker, and I was pretty fascinated by the business aspect of the magazine."

CardPlayer Magazine needs no introduction to poker aficionados. Under Barry's tutelage, it has grown to 126 pages per issue with circulation figures near 50,000. Barry is proud of his baby. "We are the No. 1 print media [outlet] in poker," he says. "And we want to stay the No. 1 print media in poker. We're certain that poker is so popular that mainstream publishers will soon be interested in coming out with a poker magazine. We have to have the kind of magazine that appeals to the mainstream reader. That's why we're getting more professional writers. Every photo is now in color...That's a significant change."

Hand-in-hand with the expansion of the magazine is the expansion of the CardPlayer.com site. Indeed, it is Barry's son Jeff, himself a respected poker player, who manages the magazine on a daily basis while Barry devotes himself increasingly to the site. When Barry acquired CardPlayer.com it had only one page. Today, it is an encyclopedic Internet playground for poker enthusiasts of every stripe. Barry says: "The Web site is bigger than the magazine now. We have 10,000 people a day coming to the site, whereas it used to be just 800 a day."

Barry is heartened by recent changes in the poker world, and by the enhanced reputation the game has gained as a result of the televising of tournaments. CardPlayer Magazine, in fact, published an attention-getting article aimed at some of the old pros who were given to agitating at the green felt table. Barry says: "We're anti-smoking and anti-grump. We're trying to be good citizens. Those kinds of things are important to us."

Though Barry plays between 50 and 100 tournaments a year, among them the World Series of Poker and the larger World Poker Tour events, he says: "I don't consider myself a professional poker player or even a semi-pro. I consider myself a businessman who plays poker."

Trivia


  • Former real estate developer
  • Publisher of CardPlayer Magazine
  • Father of two sons

Barry Shulman recent tournament placings

Place Winnings Tournament
133 $3,622 WSOP 2015, Event 59 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
19 $16,640 WSOP 2015, Event 47 - $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em
31 $6,332 WSOP 2015, Event 43 - $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold'em
96 $2,710 WSOP 2015, Event 30 - $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
55 $4,481 WSOP 2015, Event 22 - $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
17 $7,850 WSOP 2015, Event 13 - $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better
203 $3,034 WSOP 2014, Event 62 - Little One for One Drop
79 $2,577 WSOP 2014, Event 27 - $1,500 HORSE
63 $12,122 WSOP 2013, Event 57 - $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em
63 $9,335 WSOP 2013, Event 44 - $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em
8 $53,669 WSOP 2012, Event 19 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
166 $4,043 WSOP 2012, Event 9 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Re-entry
19 $8,377 WSOP 2011, Event 51 - $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo
258 $2,093 WSOP 2011, Event 34 - $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
61 $4,135 WSOP 2010, Event 53 - $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout
3 $1,350,000 EPT Season 6, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
1 £801,603 WSOPE 2009, £10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
53 $5,236 2009 WSOP, Event 22 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
5 $43,201 2009 WSOP, Event 14 - Limit Hold'em/ Six Handed
33 $10,922 2008 WSOP, Event 4, Mixed Hold'em
11 $12,599 2006 WSOP, Event 7 Limit Hold'em
4 $112,780 WPT Season 2, Ultimate Poker Classic

Barry Shulman photos