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Canadian poker star Gavin Smith

Gavin Smith, one of the most well known and successful professional poker players to represent Canada, is a force to be reckoned with at the poker table. Born in 1968 in Guelph, Ontario, Smith was well versed in card games at a young age but didn’t start to play poker until he reached his twenties.

While he was known in the poker community well before winning the World Poker Finals in 1999, it wasn’t until this very high profile win that he caught the general public’s attention. His reputation was further cemented when he took the title again the following year.

Smith made an even bigger splash and earned even more prestige for Canadian players when he dominated the 2005 World Poker Tour’s Mirage Poker Showdown, which netted him an incredibly impressive $1,128,278. Thanks to several other incredible finishes that year, he went on to became the World Poker Tour player of the year.

At the WSOP Mixed Hold’em event in 2010, Smith was able to earn his first WSOP bracelet by placing first. He continues to be very active in the poker community, both in tournaments as well as online poker rooms. Known as ‘The Caveman’ when playing online poker, he is a markedly aggressive player know for his small-pot poker strategy and has $3.2 million in total poker earnings thus far. Smith is thought to be a formidable player and one of the best currently active poker stars who has yet to bring home a WSOP main event title.

Still in his early 40s, Smith still has many years of poker tournaments ahead of him and may yet bring the WSOP to Canada.

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