Brad Booth

Tue, 11 Nov 2008 10:04

Brad Booth

A poker biography of Brad Booth.

Quick Information

Name - Brad Booth

Born - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Poker Rooms - Full Tilt Poker

Biography

Bradley Booth has been dubbed as a poker savant by Phil Laak, and one of the best poker players in the world by veterans Phill Hellmuth and Doyle Brunson. One of the well-regarded and successful poker players in the last ten years, Booth was born on September 20, 1976 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Even at an early age, he knew that he wanted to make a career out of playing poker. Booth was 15 years old when he made the decision.

Back in Canada, he passed away the time watching his mom and sisters play dollar rummy. He quickly learned the card game and was soon teaching his mom what cards do choose and discard.

At the age of seven, he learned how to play the No-Limit Five-Card Draw from the barbershop his grandfather ran. He would wait for willing competition by showing off, shuffling cards and stacking chips. 

Whenever he wanted to play more, he would bring a deck and a bag of pennies to teach poker to his playmates during hockey practice. Their locker room became a game room where potato chips were the prime bets in their Five-Card Draw game.

He became a regular player at the age of 13, and he would constantly challenge his junior high school classmates to Stud, Omaha, Draw and other poker games. He funded his hobby by working at Little Caesar’s after school. At night, he’d hitchhike to go to out-of-town poker games.  The schedule was draining but it trained Booth at a very young age.

Booth soon made the decision to drop out of school – but he had to do so secretly until his 16th birthday when his parents promised to give him a car if he kept to his schooling. He kept the lie and packed his bags every morning to work at Little Caesar’s to earn his buy-in money. On his birthday, he got his car. He told his parents the news two days after.

He moved to Abbotsford, B.C. but was made to stay with two police officers by his parents. They wanted to make sure that he went to hockey practice, got alternative education, and had work at the local grocery. Through all this, he would sneak a drive to the US to play the poker, roulette wheel, and blackjack. He played well enough to afford new clothes and a motorbike.

His playing routine changed when his mother died. He also learned at that time that he was adopted. The realizations so affected him that he decided to move to Haines Junction, Yukon where a family friend was staying. He stayed there to mull over his life, do odd jobs, and play poker on the side. There was some poker action to be had in Whitehorse, the territory’s capital. He’d win in these games, most of the time against people 20 years his senior.

This was the start of an illustrious career playing poker. He soon expanded his reach, flying into Calgary and eventually to Las Vegas to play. During his first time in Las Vegas, his three-day trip lasted for two weeks. He eventually moved to Sin City when he broke up with his girlfriend.

Booth did mostly cash games but also played well at tournament tables. At 2005, he won 12th place in WSOP No-Limit Hold’em Short-Handed. He won third in WPT Season 5 in 2007, and he won 23rd in the World Championship Omaha Hi-Lo Split in 2008. As of 2008, his total tournament winnings had gone over $710,000.