Pokerstars Team uploaded a new video on PokerTube about Shane “Shaniac” Schleger and his roller coaster journey as a professional poker player. Shaniac has overcome many challenges in his life as a professional poker player, and this short film captures the ups as well as the downs.
The mini documentary by Pokerstars Team focuses on Shane´s journey from 2004 when he was a waiter at a Brooklyn restaurant to now, living by the Mexican seaside and playing online poker tournaments all day. During this period, Shaniac had wonderful successes, but also challenging and difficult times.
This film captures some of those moments, and shows him wrestling with these hurdles. “It’s not the typical story of triumph in poker, but it represents my relationship with the game in an accurate way, and it also represents some of the realities that I continue to face, I can feel comfortable knowing that it’s a real representation of that story.” said Shaniac.
That´s why he thinks that the documentary mainly reflects the bad times he had; “The film focuses on some of the more painful, struggle-filled chapters of my history and ignores the happier, more carefree things I get to enjoy,” said Shaniac in the press release from Pokerstars. “It definitely encapsulates the arc of my poker life in an accurate and comprehensive way: coming up into the poker life after being a lost 20-something New Yorker, succeeding in poker, struggling in poker, and the eventual need to leave my country to continue playing poker.”
Shaniac didn´t give up, worked very hard and overcame his downswing and managed to return to top-flight competition. Shaniac’s story sounds very familiar to most us: the tough times as well as the victories. We all love Poker because it is a fun and competitive game, and Shaniac’s life is a demonstration that a strong competitive spirit is essential to succeed at this game.
You can watch the video below.
Shane J. Schleger was born 1977 in New York City, New York. He started playing poker online in 2004 while he was a waiter in a Brooklyn restaurant. He is now known for online poker tournament success under the name Shaniac; he has made two World Series of Poker final tables as well as a World Poker Tour final table. In February 2011, Schleger became a member of Team PokerStars Online. On April 15, 2011, a day dubbed Black Friday by online poker players, the Department of Justice unsealed an indictment against the three biggest poker sites, including PokerStars. Schleger was forced to resume his game outside of the United States and now plays from a base in Mexico.