Gavin Smith (poker player)
Smith learned from his father to play cards by Cribbage and Rummy. He started playing poker at the age of 26 years. He was croupier in 1996 and opened two years later his own poker club. He also worked prior to his career as a taxi driver and on a golf course.
In 2005 he won the Mirage Poker Showdown of the World Poker Tour and more than 1.1 million U.S. dollars. In heads up he defeated Ted Forrest and could by two other final tables on the 4th season of the WPT achieve the title of Player of the Year.
In May 2006, he finished second in a World Series of Poker Circuit event in New Orleans and won $ 293,930. Smith concluded during the tournament from a big bet with Allie Prescott. If Smith could decide the tournament for himself, Prescott would give him $ 70,000 per year for the next ten years. If Prescott - the seventh position - would have won, Smith would give him $ 100,000 per year for the next ten years.
In July 2006, Smith won the World Pro - Am Challenge and the top prize of $ 500,000.
In 2007 he was third in the National Heads - Up Poker Championship and second in a $ 1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em event at the World Series of Poker 2007.
Currently are its revenue at over $ 6,100,000 through official poker tournaments.