The next day after he was found dead, one of his close friends Josh Arieh opened up a GoFundMe page so that the poker community could help support Gavin Smith's children. In just 4 short days, 445 people donated to the cause, raising $67,504 out of the $100,000 goal.
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.
As Hurricane Harvey's incessant rainfall lessened over the weekend in Texas, we see operations being conducted both by government personnel and its citizens, and it's great to see that some of them are from the poker community.
Ladies and gentlemen, the record field (1,173) at the 2012 World Poker Tour Montreal Main Event has now been narrowed down to only 6 players and a final table. The action will start at 4:00pm ET today and there is about 23 minutes left in Level 31, with blinds at 60k-120k and a 20k ante.
A total field of 1,173 players signed up for the 2012 World Poker Tour Montreal Main Event, which destroyed the old Canadian WPT record of 504 players. Day 1a, Day 1b and Day 2 are now in the books and there are only 45 players left when Day 3 kicks off tonight. The chip leader is Jeff Gross with 2,422,000 chips. Gross held over 2 million chips when he played one of the biggest pots of Day 2 to eliminate Josh Kimmel and get a stranglehold on the chip lead.
Notables such as Michael Mcdonald (1.59 million, 2nd place), Gavin Smith (1.2 million), Ashton Griffin (455k) and Dan Smith (306k) will join Gross at the tables today. All the remaining players are guarateed at least $12,535 each. The winner will take home $779,710 and become a part of Canadian WPT history.
Both Day 1 a and b have now come to an end with approximately 900 survivors, who now will get to rest a bit before it's time for Day 3 to start. Among the survivors you'll find notable players such David Diaz, Eugene Katchalov, Maria Ho, Gavin Smith, Katie Dozier, Bernard Lee, Amnon Filippi, Dani Stern, Mike McDonald, Taylor Paur, Sammy Farha, Brock Parker, Jackie Glazier, David Pham, Gabe Kaplan, Kevin Pollak, Brian Hastings, Eric Baldwin and Faraz Jaka to name a few.
507 players signed up for the $2,500 mixed hold'em (event 44) at the 2010 WSOP. After 3 long, but interesting, days of poker there were only 9 players left and time for the final table to be played. Danny Hannawa started the final table as the chip leader with Gavin Smith not far behind. Gavin quickly overtook the chip lead and then knocked out Danny in heads-up. For the win he got his very first WSOP bracelet and the first place prize of $268,238.
Gavin Smith, 41, has won over $5 million dollars during his 16 year poker career, including 4 WPT final tables and a win at 2005 Mirage Poker Showdown. In the past few years, Gavin has been very anonymous when it comes to WSOP results - until now. After reading an interview with him after his long-awaited win, one quickly understands how hard he has been working on his game before the 2010 WSOP. I don't think Event 44 could have gotten a better (and happier) winner than Gavin Smith.
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