Gavin Griffin is one of the most talented poker players in the world. Recently, he has been away from the professional poker scene. So is it possible he has gone broke?
Has Gavin Griffin gone broke?
Born in the small town of Darien, Illinios, USA, Gavin Griffin rose to become one of the most famous names in the world of poker. He won his first bracelet at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in the year 2004. Despite the amazing achievement, Gavin kept a cool head and stayed realistic about life.
At the time of this win, Gavin was the youngest player to ever get this achievement and in this way, he set a record. In March 2007, Gavin once again proved his high levels of skill in poker. He won the title at the European Poker Tour’s No Limit Hold’em (EPT) competition in Monte Carlo. He beat over 700 other poker players in the event to emerge top of the list. In achieving first place, Gavin won a total of $2,391,895.
In January of 2008, Gavin paired his queen heads-up on the turn against his opponent David Tran. This move saw him win the World Poker Tour Borgata (WPT) Open event. This made Gavin the first professional poker player to win events in the WSOP, WPT and EPT and therefore achieve a Triple Crown.
This was the second world record set by the young Gavin. Despite some players achieving this record after him with staggering successes, Gavin Griffin is still a player worth some respect in the game of poker.
A Child Prodigy
In his days as a child in Darien, Gavin had his sights set on physical games such as baseball and not on table games such as poker. Possessing raw talent, Gavin competed favorably for various teams until he earned quite a number of college scholarships. He was quite realistic about his ability in sports.
Due to this, he concluded that he actually could make a substantial living playing in the baseball minor leagues. However, he did not have confidence in making it all the way to the major league baseball. Thus, he quit and took up training in speech therapy at the Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.
While relaxing at a college friend’s place, Gavin discovered poker. The stakes in these home games were really small. Despite the determination to win, Gavin lost some of these games. He vowed to learn more about it and spent hours reading through poker books and the Internet for more information about this game.
He got a job as a poker dealer in a private poker club. In this position, he proceeded to improve his skills. In the year 2003, Gavin Griffin went professional in the world of poker. He spent time in poker rooms hosted online and eventually plunged into the biggest stage, the World Series of Poker (WSOP).
The world saw, admired and respected Gavin Griffin’s poker skills. However, only those close to him knew that his girlfriend was dealing with breast cancer. Gavin supported her until she finally beat the cancer.
To celebrate her win, Gavin put in place a plan where he would donate some of his winnings to fund cancer research for the benefit of the less fortunate. He became so dedicated to the cause that he wore pink hair at the EPT in Monte Carlo. This was to highlight awareness of breast cancer. Alongside his now wife Amy, Gavin continues to support cancer research.
Gavin Griffin’s Top 5 Tournament Cashes
– 1st place for $2,434,060 at the 2007 EPT $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Grand Final in Monte Carlo.
– 1st place for $1,401,109 at the WT $9,700 + 300 No Limit Hold’em Championship Event in the 2008 Borgata Winter Open, Atlantic City, USA.
– 1st place for $270,420 at the $3,000 Pot Limit Hold’em in the 35th WSOP in Las vegas, Nevada, USA.
– 3rd place for $86,685 at the $5,000 + 150 No Limit Hold’em Championship Event in the WSOP Circuit in San Diego, USA.
– 2nd place for $82,640 at the $2,080 no Limit Hold’em Championship at the 2003 California State Poker championship in Los Angeles, USA.
Up to 2010, Gavin Griffin was a regular player in the EPT, WSOP ad the WPT poker tournaments. In recent years, we have seen less and less of the talented player. One may wonder if he has bowed out of the game or is just low on his luck.
So is Gavin Griffin actually broke?
There is no doubt about the substantial size of Gavin’s fortune. However, according to rankings by Mediarex Enterprises Ltd, he is ranked as the 4,455th poker player on the 2016 money list. Also, he ranks as the 3,644th poker player in terms of cashes made in 2016. Gavin ranks as the 123rd player in the all time money list and is the 3rd most followed poker player today. He is also sponsored by Ultimate Poker.
This year, Gavin has made appearances in events such as the $345 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack event #3 at the Legends of Poker in Los Angeles, USA, the $1,500 Seven Card Razz at the 4th WSOP in Las Vegas and the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event Championship event #68 at the 47th WSOP in Las Vegas.
According to the reports, he has been busy with cancer research and awareness activities since the year 2010. However, the love for the game keeps him coming back to the poker table. Using his skills, Gavin has been raising cash to support cancer research. He runs the project with the assistance of his wife Amy.