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Next week, the 2019 World Series of Poker will kick off at the Rio All-Suite Hotel in Las Vegas. Opening the series is the Gavin Smith Memorial Poker Tournament, a fundraiser being held in memory of the beloved player in the poker community.
Smith, a longtime poker pro, has a long list of credits to his name. He is a WSOP bracelet winner, former Full Tilt Poker pro, WPT Player of the Year, NLH master, and a genuinely nice guy with a wicked sense of humor. Taught by his father, he started his career at the small Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut and quickly moved onto bigger and better things.
Smith passed away in January of this year, having just turned 50 years old and leaving two young sons, Kingston and Keegan, behind. Since that time, poker players from around the world have voiced their condolences, supporting a GoFundMe account and heading to the bar to raise a Greyhound in his honor.
There’s no better way to honor him and support his children (of which he had sole custody) than to play in this poker tournament to benefit the Gavin Smith Trust. It’s also your chance to play with some of the largest poker stars in the world, who will be supporting this cause.
This rake-free, no limit hold ’em tournament is set for Tuesday, May 28, at 6 p.m. in the Pavilion at the Rio Convention Center. Buy-in will be $200, with 50% of all entry fees going directly to the Gavin Smith Trust.
Level duration for the first six levels will be 20 minutes, then will move to 15 minutes for levels 7-12. All remaining levels, until the end of the tournament, will be 10 minutes.
To register for this tournament, to honor Smith and support his sons, you can do so online or sign up the day of the tournament. (Entries and re-entries will be allowed until the end of Level 6, at approximately 8:20 p.m.)