Gavin SmithSat, 14 Jun 2008 14:27
A poker biography of Gavin Smith.
Name - Gavin Smith
Born - September 4th 1968, Guelph, Ontario, CanadaPoker Room - Full Tilt Poker
A man who never runs out of surprises. Who else could that be but only Gavin Smith. From cribbage and rummy, he never thought he'd soon be playing cards not only at their kitchen table but also in poker tables where world poker tournaments take place. A big thanks to his father, the young Gavin Smith first learned his card game in Canada until he traveled all across the world to compete against the best of all poker tournament gamblers. Now living in Las Vegas, Nevada, this Canadian superstar has always been a formidable figure in different circuits of professional poker challenges in America, even online for Full Tilt Poker as "Birdguts."
Born on the 4th of September in 1968, Guelph, Ontario, Canada witnessed the birth of a soon-to-be poker superstar. However, playing cards professionally didn't hit him as a dream or even a goal early in life. In fact, he was already 26 years old when he learned about poker through a charity tournament. Since then, his interest soon developed into passion as Gavin Smith even held a position as poker dealer for about two years and soon opened his poker club in Ontario. Only eight years ago did he turn into a real pro.
In 1998, Smith made it to the final tables of World Poker Tour (WPT) at Foxwoods Resort Casino, but it was in his comeback to Foxwoods for that annual series that he enjoyed his first winning event for the No-Limit Texas Hold'em match. A year after, he secured another first for Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Eight-or-Better event. This poker master gained more popularity as years went by. He also earned huge amounts of winnings in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) where he finished 52nd for the $10,000 No Limit Hold'em poker game in 2004. Gavin Smiths's streak of poker victory earned him a reputable name in the poker realm as he was faced against the ranks of tough contenders like John Cernuto, Kenna James, and John Hennigan whom he considered to be the strongest opponent. He won over Kenna James and lost to "Miami" John Cernuto for the top spot in 2003's WPT World Poker Finals. On that tournament alone, Smith won $33,630 in profits. Since then, fame and luck on the poker table never ceased to come his way. Records will also have to speak on Gavin Smith's behalf. Out of 14 events, he was included in the top 10, where he also finished first on four events. His best performances involve grabbing the top prize worth $1,128,278 from Ted Forrest for the WPT Mirage Poker Showdown in May of 2005. Just recently though, Gavin Smith won first prize in 2006 World Pro-Am Challenge. To recognize his outstanding poker skills for making it to three final tables in WPT, he was awarded World Poker Tour Player of the Year for the 4th season.
Meanwhile, Gavin Smith also proved that there's certainly more to life than poker. He was able to raise more funds for charity, host a radio show, hold a position as spokesperson for a Canadian whiskey, and film himself on instructional poker DVD. Noted for his crazy antics and active talks on the poker table, Smith is always full of life and energy. He loves roller balding, playing golf, and when on the mood, he plays pool together with his close friends. Much more, he has earned a degree in economics. Indeed, Gavin Smith's unique personality and versatility radiated through his active winnings in poker. But of course, he has Erick Lindgren to thank for as a mentor, a trainer, and a friend, who funded his early poker struggles. At present, his total winnings from live tournaments that exceed $3,200,000.