November 9 Spotlight – Kevin Schaffel
A divorced father of two college aged children, Schaffel owned and operated several businesses prior to taking up poker and his run at the 2009 WSOP Main Event. In 2006, after putting his printing and direct mail businesses on the shelf because of a downturn, Shaffel increased the number of poker tournaments that he played, and began moving around the country chasing the poker circuit. While his name is not immediately recognizable to the casual poker fan, Schaffel actually has had a grea deal of success in the WSOP Main Event.
In the 2004 Main Event, Schaffel would exit in 42nd place for$60,000. In 2008, Schaffel would again cash in the Main Event, finising 324th for a $32,166 pay day. Kevin also has cashes in the 2009 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, and two World Poker Tour Events, including a 5th place finish in the 2007 Legends of Poker $5,000 buy in event, which brought Kevin $21,375. In all, Schaffel has earned more than $1.4 million at the tables, including his payout for being a member of the “November Nine.”
Kevin will be sponsored by PokerStars when the Final Table resumes in November.