Renown New York Poker Player Rachel Kranz Dies at 62
By Bob Garcia
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Accomplished poker player and bestselling author Rachel Kranz died on August 28 at the age of 62. Kranz was renown in east coast poker rooms, especially in her native New York, and was a familiar face each year at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
Kranz learned the game of poker during a World Poker Tour Boot Camp lead by Nick Brancato. Having already authored and co-authored novels and plays, Kranz added poker writer to her list with the blog “Adventures in Poker.” She also penned articles for the now-defunct Poker Pro Magazine.
Not only did Kranz understand the game and share her poker knowledge extensively in her writing, she successfully used her skills to win $358,686 in live poker earnings, all within an eight-year time frame. Her biggest live cash was a second place finish in the 2014 Deepstack Extravaganza III event for $113,073.
However, the highlight of her career was when she scored a much smaller cash the following year. Kranz played out a very calculated heads-up against Chino Reem in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown for $44,863. Her last live cash was at the Borgata Poker Open in Atlantic City.
Kranz will be greatly missed by the poker community. Several players commented on her death including Allen Kessler, Katie Stone, and Cory Waaland. Everyone spoke of her with very high regard, noting that she will be remembered for her kindness and sincerity.