Dan Shak is a well known poker professional with total live tournament earnings around $4 million including high roller winnings. Beth Shak (in picture) is his ex-wife, who is also a poker professional, but a considerably less accomplished one. They were divorced three years ago. However a civil suit involving the couple came up for hearing last week at the Montgomery County Courthouse before Judge Ronda Daniele.
Dan Shak alleged that his wife had amassed a collection of high-priced shoes and matching hand bags without his knowledge. The items were rumored to be in the $500,000 to $1 million price range. Dan wanted the shoes to be sold and the proceeds split between his ex-wife and himself. Beth responded that she had taken to purchasing these shoes as a result of repeated refusals of emotional attention from Dan. In her testimony Beth said that Dan would turn down her attempts at romantic encounters. Beth testified, “I would not call these shoes a collection, I would call them a sickness at a particular point in my life.” Beth went on to state that she had tried to get Dan to go to therapy with her, but in vain. The more damaging part of her testimony was that not only did Dan know about the shoes but had signed on all the bills. After the break Dan’s attorneys informed Judge Daniele that they wanted to withdraw the case. The request was immediately granted, but with a terse remark, “Well, thanks for wasting everybody’s time.”
No reasons were given for the filing of the suit. Dan is not strapped for cash so the reason could not be money. It is just that human beings cannot resist the urge to wash dirty linen in public. As the Shaks left the courthouse Beth fired her final salvo at her ex-husband. “Dan looked like a buffoon in there.” She added that he knew that he would lose if he carried on with the case. Beth has been in the limelight since the divorce. She had a guest spot on the reality television show Millionaire Matchmaker. She has also created charity poker tournaments to benefit several causes and has her own shoe company called Happy Feet, LLC.