With over $5M in career tournament earnings at the end of 2010, WPT title and WSOP bracelet holder Gavin Smith has been a familiar face on the tournament circuit for over a decade. Gavin Smith has accumulated over $1.2M in WSOP cashes, and almost $2.4M from WPT finishes.
Born in Canada in 1968, Gavin Smith learned to play rummy and cribbage as a child, but wasn't introduced to poker until 1994, when the golf course Gavin was working at hosted a charity poker tournament
. Taking to the game naturally with a background in economics, Gavin started playing poker in home games with friends, and in 1996 began working as a dealer. Gavin's interest prompted him to start his own poker club
, which he ran until 1998 when Gavin turned pro.
Soon after turning pro, Gavin Smith gained notice when he won two events at the World Poker Finals at Foxwoods (one in 1999 and one in 2000). Over next few years, Gavin Smith cashed regularly in tournaments both large and small, including his first money finish in a WSOP event in 2003 at Limit 7 Card Stud, 2nd place at the New England Poker Classic in No Limit Hold'em, 1st at the Barge 2003 No Limit Hold'em, and 2nd in the World Poker Tour Finals WPT Season 2 Limit Hold'em.
In 2005, Gavin Smith won the Mirage Poker Showdown $2,000+$80 No Limit Hold'em event in the 4th Season of the WPT, gaining $145,800 and entry into the Main Event. Ten days later, Gavin Smith found himself heads up at the WPT Main Event final table against Ted Forrest
. Going all-in on paired Queens, Gavin claimed his first WPT title and over $1.1M when Ted Forrest's AJ suited failed to develop further on the board.
Making three more title-worthy WPT final tables in his career through 2010, Gavin came within grasp of a second title in 2008, but was bested by Canadian Glen Witmer in the final hand. Gavin Smith received a consolation of over $600K for his 2nd place finish.
Earning a respectable sum of $1,297,733 in both regular and circuit WSOP events up to 2010, Gavin Smith struggled for years to attain the coveted bracelet. Satisfaction finally came to Gavin in 2010 at the WSOP $2,500 Mixed Hold'em Limit/No Limit event, scoring $268K and the prestigious gold bracelet.
In addition to his aggressive poker style and multimillion dollar tournament earnings, Gavin Smith is also well known for his outrageous prop bets with fellow poker pro Joe Sebok
. Sebok has been required to wear an array of bizarre costumes to the WSOP after losing a prop bet with Smith, and Gavin as well has lost a prop bets with Sebok; one resulted in Gavin Smith having Joe Sebok's initials tattooed on his shoulder.
Gavin Smith plays online poker
at Full Tilt under his own name, and at a variety of other online poker sites
using the screen name "birdguts".