The poker world is mourning the loss of Canadian poker champion Gavin Smith today, who passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on the 14th of Jan at the age of 50 in his Houston home.
Smith was one of the formidable players during the poker boom was one of the most the revered and loved among’st his peers. He picked up poker form his father and began playing at the age of 26.
Smith got his first taste of success in the satellites, before breaking out at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut. His first major haul came in 2005, when he won a $2,000 preliminary event at the Mirage Poker Showdown for $155,880.
Following that up with a clincher was the WPT main event for $1,153,778. He was named the WPT Player of the Year after he had two more final table appearances. In 2010 he won his WSOP bracelet by taking down the $2,500 mixed Hold’em event for $268,238. Smith amassed a whopping $5.5 million in live tournament earnings to his name.