Shannon Shorr (born June 7, 1985) is a 28 year old professional poker player from Birmingham, Alabama. He is most well-known for his success on the live poker tournament circuit.
Shannon was introduced to poker by some college friends in 2003. It began with $5 house games in his college apartment. Months later, Shannon began playing online and lost several thousand dollars as a college student before meeting his then-mentor Jonathan Little. After communicating with Jon for quite some time, things took off online and Shannon won an online satellite to play in a live tournament in Melbourne, Australia. As a 20 year old, he finished 4th in that event for around $200,000, and his career began to take off.
Shorr’s biggest tournament score to date came at the Bellagio Cup in 2006 where he chopped the prizepool three-handed then went on to win the event. Since, he has added seven World Series of Poker final tables and three World Poker Tour final tables to his resume, including two top ten finishes in the World Poker Tour Championship ('09, '11). He has appeared on four televised final tables: 2006 Aussie Millions (Fox Sports Net), 2009 World Poker Tour Championship (FSN), 2010 World Series of Poker Circuit Hammond, Indiana (Versus), 2011 World Poker Tour Biloxi (FSN).
Shannon has two sisters, Heather and Carly and is the son of Scott and Debbie Shorr. He graduated from Shades Valley High School in Birmingham in 2003. He played high school baseball and turned down an offer to play collegiately at The University of Alabama-Birmingham. Amidst the height of his poker career, Shannon returned to work towards completion of his degree at The University of Alabama. He expressed how important finishing it was to him in his blog on many occasions. He graduated in May 2010.
Having visited 25+ countries, Shannon spends the majority of his time traveling worldwide for poker tournaments and leisure. In his downtime he enjoys reading, self-improvement, fitness, electronic dance music, hot yoga and watching documentaries.