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Gavin Smith (Poker Player) Bio, Wiki, Age, Wife, Children, Family, Net Worth, GoFundMe, Death and Cause

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Gavin Smith Bio

Gavin Smith was born on September 4th, 1968 and died on January 14th, 2019. He was a Canadian professional poker player who won the World Poker Tour’s Season IV Mirage Poker Showdown Championship event and the WPT Season IV Player of the Year award in 2005, then at the 2010 World Series of Poker. Smith won the $2,500 Mixed Hold’em event along with his first bracelet.

Smith learned how to play cards by playing cribbage and rummy with his father. He began playing poker at the age of 26, playing mixed games with co-workers. In 1996, Smith became a poker dealer and set up his poker club in 1998. He has also worked as a taxi driver and on a golf course.

Gavin Smith Nickname(s) Birdguts, Caveman
Gavin Smith Residence Guelph, Ontario
Gavin Smith Born He was born on September 4th, 1968 in Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Gavin Smith Died He died on January 14th, 2019(aged 50) in Houston, Texas, U.S
Gavin Smith Children He was a single dad raising two sons, Kingston and Keegan

Gavin Smith Poker career

Smith first came to note by winning tournaments in no-limit Texas hold ’em and seven card stud in the 1999 and 2000 World Poker Finals at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

World Poker Tour

He won the first prize of $1,128,278 in the World Poker Tour in the May 2005 (WPT) Mirage Poker Showdown in Las Vegas. He defeated Ted Forrest in the final heads-up confrontation. In October 2005 he made the WPT final table again in the 2nd Annual Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship, where he finished 3rd, behind Minh Ly and Dan Harrington. In January 2006, He made a third WPT final table, finishing 4th. The three WPT final tables earned him the World Poker Tour Player of the Year award for season 4.

World Series of Poker

Smith first cashed in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in 2003 and would later cash in the $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event in 2004, finishing 52nd. He went on to cash in 2005 also (471st) as well as in 2007 (592nd).

Smith earned his first WSOP bracelet in the $2,500 Mixed Hold’em (Limit/No Limit) event at the 2010 World Series of Poker, defeating Danny Hannawa heads-up, and earning $268,238 for his 1st-place finish.

World Series of Poker Circuit events

Smith finished runner-up in the World Series of Poker circuit event at Harrah’s New Orleans in May 2006, winning $293,930. He had made a bet with Allie Prescott on who would win. If Smith won, Prescott would give him $70,000 per year for 10 years; if Prescott won, Smith would give him $100,000 per year for 10 years. Peter Feldman went on to win the tournament.

Other poker-related activities

In July 2006, Smith won the World Pro-Am Challenge event at the Poker Dome Challenge, taking home the $500,000 first prize.

From April 2006 until October 2006, Gavin was one of the hosts of The Circuit radio show sponsored by Card Player Magazine. From the start of 2007, Smith and Joe Sebok co-hosted PokerRoad Radio with Joe Stapleton. His final episode as a co-host on PokerRoad Radio was July 12th, 2010.

Smith won Poker After Dark´s Season 3 Week 2 “19th Hole” defeating Phil Ivey in heads up play. It was his first time on the show.

He also played online poker on several sites under the alias birdguts as well as his name on Full Tilt Poker where he played as one of their Full Tilt Pros.

Smith was good friends with Erick Lindgren who helped bankroll him early in his career.

As of 2010, his total live tournament winnings exceed $5,375,000. His 17 cashes as the WSOP account for $874,278 of those winnings.

Gavin Smith Prop bets

Smith co-starred with Joe Sebok on a show called “Prop Bets” on the Internet-TV site, mainly thanks to the above-mentioned prop bet at the 2006 World Series of Poker.

At the 2006 World Series of Poker, He won a bet with Joe Sebok on who would win the most Card Player Magazine points. As a consequence, Sebok had to wear a bear outfit on Day 1B, among other funny looking outfits including Wonder Woman.

Smith had a tattoo on his upper right shoulder of a four leaf clover and the initials J.S. He had to get the tattoo after losing a prop bet to Joe Sebok.

Gavin Smith Death and Cause

Smith died on January 14th, 2019 at his home in Houston, Texas at the age of 50. His cause of death was not revealed.

Gavin Smith Wife, Children

Smith played less poker in recent years, living in Alaska before moving to Texas. He was definitely a married man but he seems to have separated from his wife and took custody of his two sons, Kingston and Keegan.

Speaking to last summer, he said  “I don’t really play much poker these days. I’m raising two kids. Last year, I think I only played maybe three or four tournaments.

Gavin Smith Children
Gavin Smith Children

Gavin Smith GoFundMe

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help provide for Smith’s two sons. It raised $48,000 in two days.

Gavin Smith Tributes


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