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WSOP 2009 Main Event Runner-up Darvin Moon Passes Away at 56

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Posted on 22 September 2020 by "T".

Darvin Moon, the notable 2009 WSOP Main Event runner-up, sadly passed away Saturday due to complications from surgery. Details of the cause of death are not yet publicly disclosed. The American self-employed logger and amateur poker player from Maryland was 56.

Moon was better known by many in the poker community as the amateur poker player who, even though it was his first time to play in the 2009 World Series of Poker (WSOP), became the runner-up of that year's $10,000 NLHE Main Event. It was Joe Cada who defeated him on said event.

Despite the heads up loss, Moon still won a whopping $5.1 million for second place, but he kept himself grounded, which is why he was much-loved in the poker community. The almost-world champ remained a recreational player and never thought about going pro even though he had won millions in 2009. After he returned home from Las Vegas, he proceeded to continue his life's work as a self-employed logger.

He never cashed again in a WSOP bracelet event, and in the past 11 years his total live tournament score was $30,000. He loved to play poker in his spare time, and even if he never played professionally, many consider him as one of the most memorable runner-ups in WSOP Main Event history. It was because nobody really knew him when he managed to reach the final table of the 2009 WSOP Main Event, went on a dream heater, and he was also the type of person that an average person could relate to.

In other words, his experience that year almost made him the next Chris Moneymaker, another recreational player who had a regular day job but that didn't stop him from winning a big WSOP payout in a matter of days.

In Memory of Darvin Moon

The creator of Poker Night in America Todd Anderson knew Darvin Moon very well. When Anderson heard the tragic news on Saturday, he wrote in a post in his Twitter account, The best person I ever met through poker is Darvin Moon. A man of integrity and honor. And quite possibly the most interesting person I've ever known. Truly. He and his wife Wendy became good friends. Sadly, Darvin succumbed to complications from surgery today. He'll be missed."

Chris Moneymaker said Moon was a "great guy and great representative of poker."

A Twitter user, @AcesUp95, wrote that Moon "helped us regular 1/2 and 2/5 players keep our dreams alive. Also loved how he refused to wear a patch during the final table. Seemed like a really cool dude."

Greg Jennings (@ZGregJennings) described Moon as the "ultimate recreational poker player."

Moon, who died 12 days before his 57th birthday, spent most of his life in western Maryland. Before making his mark in the WSOP Main Event, he lived in a simple trailer and co-owned a small logging company. He learned poker at a young age but never played it seriously until 2006. Televised poker became his learning tool, much like many others during that era.

A few days after he won life-changing sum of cash in 2009, he went back to his original life. He could have opted to hire someone to take his place in the logging company while he relaxed and sipped cocktails on the beach and pursued poker professionally, but that wasn't really his style. He was known as a hard worker, a simple family man who enjoyed his profession.

Moon told the Las Vegas Sun in 2009 when he won $5.1 million, "I've got to be back to work Friday. I've got a piece of timber I've got to buy."

He is survived by his beloved wife, Wendy.



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7 comments on "WSOP 2009 Main Event Runner-up Darvin Moon Passes Away at 56"

 dule-vu22/09/2020 16:44:12 GMT
I cant say that I know something about this player,but when you read this news that he is dead because of complications from surgery!this can be for many reason and now its question who made mistake or this was something that could happen!probably he did signed something that if this happen,doctor will not be guilty,but they will need to publish everything about this in next weeks!
 geseco1223/09/2020 00:12:50 GMT
Life is like that, today we are, tomorrow we are not, good for him, for winning his second place in the tournament, he won more than 5 million, it hurts that he did not dedicate himself professionally, he would have remained in history, well my condolences for the family.
 CALICUL23/09/2020 07:59:52 GMT
What can i say is that: people if they have the opportunity to take care of their health to prevent premature death must do it. You can't wait too long and make the situation worse. It's sad now but this is it. Condolences to his family.
 antonis32123/09/2020 18:52:37 GMT
R.I.P Darvin Moon

I read the news , his story is so inspirational for normal people , casual poker players , who wanna have one day the moneymaker payday and win big . He didn't went pro like him , instead he went back to his normal job , that's so cool for me , he could have a sponsor , at least for 1 or 2 years , try to see if he could leave the big dream of the Las Vegas casino lifestyle , in the hotels , maybe get a sponshorship from online pokerrooms , maybe take part in tv shows , and the dream never ends , but no , he was grounded , he returned to his job . How many would they have done the same /?? I guess we could count them with the fingers of one hand .... Excellent story , awesome personality ....

He left very young , 56 , due to surgery comlications , so bad news , only 56 ...our condolences to his wife and his family .
 dule-vu23/09/2020 18:59:40 GMT
you he had probably everything in life and he could enjoy in rest of life,as you say only 56 years old,but who know what happend on this surgery!was this something that it could happen and they said to him before operation or they made mistake and that now he is dead because of doctors!we will see in next days!
 antonis32125/09/2020 00:15:31 GMT
Yes, 56 is very young , and yes I am sure he had all the love he wanted in life , the true love , he seemed like a true man , a real guy and man , a simple guy and man , most men's brains , easily
can fil with air and turn in just one day , and start thinking with the first great victory that they are gods or super stars or sth unique or they can fly or whatever , but not this grounded guy ...... I just hope it wasn't a doctor's mistake or sth like that , above all I hope he wasn't in pain in his last moments .


 CALICUL25/09/2020 09:06:14 GMT
We do not know what the situation is when our spirits leave bodies and die but many people say about us that are guilty that do not take care of our health properly. Partly it is true because in serious diseases many peoples have nothing to do.

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