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Poker Pro Gavin Smith Passes Away at 50

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Posted on 17 January 2019 by "T".

Canadian poker pro Gavin Smith, who possesses a pleasant, friendly and energetic personality and is highly popular especially during the poker boom era, has passed away unexpectedly whilst sleeping on Monday, January 14. The cause of death is still unknown. He was 50 years old.

Most of the poker fans during the poker boom era will definitely recall Gavin Smith as a regular player on TV poker shows such as Late Night Poker, NBC's Face the Ace, and Poker After Dark. His very first time on Poker After Dark was in its Season 3 Week 2 "19th Hole", where he knocked out Phil Ivey in a heads up match. He is also a regular player in the online poker world, mainly representing Full Tilt Poker.

Gavin's passing heavily saddened the poker community. His fans and friends express their mourning and write sincere messages regarding his untimely death via social media. Below are some of them:


WPT tournament director Matt Savage described Smith as generous, popular and gregarious and he always went out of his way to be a friend.

Away from the poker scene, Smith acts as both mom and dad to his two sons. From their residence in Ontario, they moved to Houston, Texas last summer and he decided to significantly reduce his time on playing poker so that he could take good care of his boys.

In a past interview by the WPT, he said, "It's difficult. I can't travel around like I used to. You've got to pick and choose your events. You need to get a lot of support from other people to play."

He was first recognized when he won tournaments in NLHE and 7 Card Stud in the 1999 and 2000 World Poker Finals at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

He's one of the extraordinary poker pros to have earned both WSOP and WPT titles each.

He is in 11th place on the Canada All-Time Money List with total live earnings of $6.3 million. His best live cash is $1,128,278 for winning the $10,200 buy-in WPT NLHE Championship at the Mirage Poker Showdown in Las Vegas in May 2005.

Smith is survived by his two sons, Kingston and Keegan. On Tuesday, a GoFundMe campaign was launched by his good friend Josh Arieh to benefit his children.



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9 comments on "Poker Pro Gavin Smith Passes Away at 50"

 doubletop77717/01/2019 10:28:35 GMT
I was absolutely gutted to read about this and many many condolences to his family and friends. He was always a larger than life character on screen and seemed to get on with everyone. RIP Gavin
 CALICUL17/01/2019 16:59:34 GMT
It is a very sad news for Gavin Smith friends, for his poker fans and for the rest of poker community. His children remained without father and here did not say anything about their natural or step-mother. That's not good at all.
I hope he has some brother or sister to be a parent for these children.
R.I.P. Gavin Smith
 godoy17/01/2019 17:03:23 GMT
what a pity a great loss to the world of poker because he was a very cheerful and wanted by all people always good humor and cheerful taking poker to all the places and fasendo what has to be faser in the world of poker have fun and faser friends who rest in peace
 mocoteo18/01/2019 07:57:36 GMT
 Gerimantas18/01/2019 16:20:25 GMT
It is situation can be to anyone because we all can die any day and it is sad to think about this but it is reality. Of course 50 years it maybe too small because average you can hope to good chance is 60 years and then later just bonus from god
 godoy18/01/2019 20:29:41 GMT
many sensations arise from this great player who has accumulated great prizes and money in his career in poker more than prenio and money if you mitidamente what you won of greater tessouro was the friends mum world that always and is managed by interests of money because they are great sums when you win and even so he made real friends and just look at the photos all authentic and with happiness and smile is not the act that lived sleeping was painless because it should be a person of very well rest in peace GAVIN SMITH
 Calmplay20/01/2019 09:05:57 GMT
So sad to hear that a person pass away at such age, 50 is still young for it and I remember that Gavin was such a good player and a superb showman for TV as he was very entertaining. Big loss to the poker world. RIP.

 damosk20/01/2019 10:55:17 GMT
Sad sad news. It’s always sad when someone you know, even remotely, passes away and even more so at such a relatively young age. This just goes to show that we must never take life for granted and seek to enjoy every single second that God allows us in this life. I’m sure Gavin would want us t remember the good aspects of his life that he brought to us so rejoice the Life he had rather than feel sad for our own loss.
 bowie198420/01/2019 16:53:47 GMT
Posted by Calmplay:
So sad to hear that a person pass away at such age, 50 is still young for it and I remember that Gavin was such a good player and a superb showman for TV as he was very entertaining.

This kind of life always takes a big roll on the body - stress and everything. RIP

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