Gavin Smith to be honored during upcoming WSOP
The series will hold a tournament in memory of the poker pro
This past January, poker pro Gavin Smith suddenly passed away, shocking the poker world. He left behind two young children and a community of friends, but will be remembered at the upcoming WSOP this summer. The Gavin Smith Memorial Tournament has been created in his memory to raise money for his kids.
The $200 buy-in tournament will be held on May 28 at 6 PM local time. It will be a rake-free event with unlimited rebuys (until the end of registration) and 50% of all entry and re-entries will be donated to the Gavin Smith Trust, which provides funds for Smith’s children, Keegan and Kingston.
There will also be a comedy show in honor of Smith during the WSOP. Comedy for the Caveman will take place May 29 at 9 PM at The Space in Las Vegas and will be hosted by poker commentator and friend of Smith, Joe Stapleton. The show will include skits by some of Smith’s friends, including Ben Ludlow, Jess Welman and others. Tickets are required and can be purchased through The Space’s website.
Smith, who originally hailed from Canada, was 50 years old when he passed away at his home in Texas. He had several high-profile winnings to his credit, including a bracelet for winning the 2010 WSOP $2,500 Limit/NLH and the 2008 WPT North American Poker Championship. He was an amicable player and often appeared on Poker After Dark, Face the Ace and Late Night Poker. He reportedly died of natural causes.