Vegas poker grinder passes away from COVID-19
By Bob Garcia
Robert Gray was a regular fixture at Las Vegas poker tournaments
At 56 years-old, a pro poker player who was known to many in the community as “A-Game Rob” just passed away from COVID-19 between Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Robert Gray used to live in Las Vegas, and his friend, Robert Goldfarb, was the one who reported the sad news of his passing on his Facebook account. Gray was a regular in games taking place on the East Coast before moving to Las Vegas several years ago.
“I never thought it was a hoax but I also hadn’t yet been personally touched by Covid-19 until a few hours ago when I learned that my friend Robert Gray had been infected,” wrote Goldfarb in a Facebook post. He described how his friend went from being with just flu-like symptoms to having his condition worsen every day until he didn’t hear anything more about Gray. “Yesterday he complained that he was able to breathe fine but that deep breaths were difficult. He was finally able to get a test and would have the results in 3 or 4 days. Hopefully, it wouldn’t matter and that it would have come and gone by then. Today he didn’t reply. It turned out the results don’t matter but not because of why we had hoped. Sometime between that conversation Tuesday night and 8 PM last night he passed away,” added Goldfarb.
Since Gray moved to Las Vegas, he participated in many cash games around Sin City and also collected $440,000 in tournament winnings, according to Hendon Mob. Last year, he achieved his biggest cash so far when he almost won a gold bracelet at the WSOP in Event #27: $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better. However, he finished as the runner-up and took home $88,254.
Other players remember him as a good person. “Rob didn’t care about the prize money. He just enjoyed playing and chatting it up with the players,” said Allen Kessler. “He was always upbeat despite any setbacks that would arise.”