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Gavin Smith Profile

Posted by Bill "zimba" Seibert 3 years, 36 weeks ago
Gavin Smith is one of the most endearing tournament poker pros. He is a fun loving Canadian poker pro who is known for his fun loving spirit on the tour. He won the 2005 WPT Mirage Poker Showdown for $1,128,278 along with the WPT Season IV Player of the Year award in 2006. Smith won the 2006 Poker Dome Challenge for $500k. He won his first WSOP bracelet in 2010 in a $2,500 mixed Hold'em event to go with 18 in the money finishes. Smith's total live tournament winnings exceed $5,375,000. He was part of the popular podcast duo with Joe Sebok on PokerRoad Radio. Smith was born September 4, 1968 in Guelph, Ontario, Canada and currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Things you might not know:
  • Smith learned how to play cards by playing cribbage and rummy with his father.
  • Smith earned a degree in economics in college.
  • Smith started playing poker at the age of 26, playing mixed games with co-workers and at the roving charity casinos in the Toronto area.
  • Smith became a poker dealer in 1996 and set up his own poker club in 1998.
  • Smith also worked as a taxi driver and on a golf course.
  • Smith's first big poker success was winning NLH and 7 card-stud tournaments at the 1999 and 2000 World Poker Finals at Foxwoods.
  • Smith made three WPT final tables in Season IV when he won WPT Player of the year.
  • Smith's best year was clearly 2005 where he also cashed in four Ultimate Poker Challenge tournaments, four WSOP tournaments and finished third in the Brunson North American Poker Championship.
  • Smith's good friend Erick Lindgren helped bankroll him early in his career.
  • Smith has 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.
  • Smith insists his "clown" table image gets him calls and opponents to make crazy plays against him.
  • Smith recently got married and had his first child in January 2011.

Gavin "birdguts" Smith is entering a new phase of his career, prioritizing his new family over the excesses and poker-centric lifestyle of the past. He retains his natural talkative nature, but with less of the crazy antics of the past.

Smith videos of a good call, Poker After Dark against Phil Ivey, and an interview after winning his WSOP bracelet:


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