Gavin Smith Stories Flood Twitter After his Unexpected Passing

Gavin Smith

Earlier this week, PokerNews heard that popular poker pro Gavin Smith, 50, unexpectedly passed away Monday night in Texas. Players were shocked to hear this sad news and shared their reactions on social media. A lot of great memories were shared and it was clear that Gavin Smith will be missed in the poker community.

Poker World Reacts

News of Smith’s passing began to circulate on social media Tuesday morning with several friends and fellow poker pros expressing their disbelief.

“I can’t believe he is gone,” said friend Mark “P0ker H0” Kroon. “I will miss him so much. One of the funniest and fun guys in poker and life.”

Will Failla: "Today the poker community is in a darker place."

Poker Hall of Famer Todd Brunson echoed those sentiments: “We lost one of our best friends and one of pokers greats tonight. If u knew him u will know the drink. RIP my friend.”

Will “The Thrill” Failla had this to say: “Today the poker community is in a darker place, My friend Gavin Smith died last night! You will be missed by all! RIP my friend.”

Eric Crain, known for his own jovial disposition, offered the following: “I met Gavin at the first WSOPC event I ever played in Tahoe. He had a way of making everybody laugh and was a joy to be around. RIP to one of the good guys. The poker world is worse off without Gavin in it.”

Steve Roselius touched upon the defining characteristic of Smith’s life – becoming a father: “So terrible. He was such a devoted father. Raising kids was so meaningful to him.”

Twitter Reactions

On Twitter, a lot of players reacted in disbelief and shared their stories about Gavin Smith. Many of them are praising him for being a true character for the game: everyone loved him.

A Call for Gavin Stories Opens the Floodgates

Rick Fuller, who has been contacted by Gavin Smith to write an autobiography, put out a tweet asking for Gavin stories to help him complete the autobiography, and the tales came rolling in.

Facebook Reactions

Tiffany Michelle also posted something on her Facebook page:

Shay Ernisse had talked with Gavin just a few days before he passed away:

Some others also had love to share on their pages:

Fund for his Boys

Josh Arieh started a GoFundMe account to start a trust for Gavin's two sons. The poker world answered, already raising two-thirds of the $100,000 goal with 433 donors after just three days. You can donate here.

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