Shulman was born May 8, 1946, in Seattle, Washington, and began playing poker while in college. He took a 25-year hiatus from the game to work as a real estate developer. His goal was to retire and play golf, but in the mid-1990s, he went to Las Vegas and was bitten again by the poker bug.
In 2001, Shulman won the World Series of Poker stud eight-or-better tournament, the California State Poker Championship half hold’em/half Omaha event and the Four Queens Poker Classic championship. He has since added numerous cashes and titles to his poker resumé and has earned over $4.4 million on the circuit despite a very limited playing schedule.