April 1, 2020, 5:26 am

Gavin Smith: A Successful Canadian Poker Pro

Gavin Smith did not learn how to play poker as a child but he was already playing card games such as rummy and cribbage against his father. He is sort of a late bloomer in the poker industry, only having played the game at the age of twenty six years old. He used to play mixed games with his colleagues until he worked as a poker dealer some time in 1996. He was so passionate about the game that he decided to establish his own poker club in 1998. But before getting hooked in such gambling activity, Gavin Smith also became a taxi driver and an employee of a golf course.

Born in Guelph, Ontario on September 4, 1968, Gavin Smith is known for his funny ways at poker tables. He describes himself as a clown, displaying funny antics which are sometimes positive and sometimes negative on his part.

Gavin Smith's most significant accomplishment transpired on May 26, 2005 when he won first prize in a No Limit Hold'em event held at the Mirage Poker Showdown of the World Poker Tour. Aside from taking home US$1,128,278, this poker professional also defeated poker giant Ted Forrest.

Gavin Smith's closest achievement to the abovementioned was when he finished third in the No Limit Hold'em Doyle Brunson North American Championship that was held during the Festa al Lago IV World Poker Tour event on October 21, 2005. His cash prize for winning third prize was US$327,610. But for him, such victory also includes being able to compete against such poker giants as Dan Harrington and Minh Ly.

On January 23, 2006, Gavin Smith also participated in the No Limit Hold'em Championship of the Goldstrike World Poker Open of the World Poker Tour and won US$173,052. He was only the fourth prize winner, but such event was just as special as the first two events mentioned because it made him qualify for the World Poker Tour Player of the Year award that was awarded to him on the fourth season of the tournament.

Gavin Smith's success as a runner up in the No Limit Hold'em Championship that was held during the Harrah's New Orleans Poker Tournament on May 28, 2006 was considered as one of his major feats as far as the World Series of Poker is concerned.

In July 2006, Gavin Smith took home US$500,000 after being announced as the first prize winner of the World Pro-Am Challenge conducted at the Poker Dome tournament.

With his contributions as a poker professional, it is not surprising that his poker winnings have now reached more than US$3,700,000.

This poker professional also had the opportunity to host the radio show titled "The Circuit" for a few months in 2006.


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