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Gavin Smith - "The Caveman"


Gavin Smith is one of Canada’s best poker players. Born in 1968, Smith learned to play cards from an early age by playing rummy and cribbage against his father. It wasn’t until his 20's that he began to play poker. First Smith played against his co-workers and then set up his own poker club.

Smith started to gain a name for himself as a good poker player but it wasn’t until 1999 that he came to prominence. He won the World Poker Finals at Foxwoods Casino and successfully defended the title in 2000.

2003 saw Smith make his first money finish at the World Series of Poker. This was the first in a number of consistent money finishes for Smith on poker’s biggest stage.

In May 2005, the World Poker Tour saw Smith’s biggest effort thus far when he won the Mirage Poker Showdown in Las Vegas. Smith followed up by finishing third in the Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship and it was no surprise that he was named World Poker Tour Player of the Year for season 4.

May 2006 saw Smith finish second in the World Series of Poker event at Harrah's New Orleans and two months later won the World Pro-Am Challenge event.

"The Caveman" is his alias name when playing in online poker rooms. He plays a style of play called "small-pot poker." The trick is to constantly put pressure on the opponent by an often raise, but keeping it small, about two-and-half times the big blind.

Smith is an aggressive player who likes to talk at the table. He is close friends with Erick Lindgren and who at the beginning of his career has helped his poker game. When he is not playing poker, Smith likes to hang out with his buddies playing pool, golf and rollerblading.

Gavin Smith has poker winnings of $3.2 million and is considered one of the best active players never to have won a WSOP event.

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