Dan Smith's name first appeared on the live tournament circuit in 2008 when the young American took down the Heartland Poker Tour Verona $1,500 Main Event and went home with $101,960 in cash. Since then things only got better for Smith, he's now considered as one of the best poker players in the world. He's won over $38 million in live tournament earnings, which is good to put him in seventh-place on The Hendon Mob All Time Money List.
Dan Smith is an American professional poker player currently residing in Las Vegas, Nevada. Smith started traveling the poker circuit in 2008, but only switched to a higher gear in 2010 when he cashed in two World Series of Poker (WSOP) Events. In 2011 he scored his first World Poker Tour (WPT) money finish and got four more WSOP cashes. However, the year 2012 by far has been the most successful for the young poker prodigy. He won the $100,000 Challenge event at the Aussie Millions, then won three European Poker Tour (EPT) Grand Final side events in Monte Carlo, made six WSOP money finishes including one final table, and then collected the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller title.
Over the next ten years, Smith would go on to cement himself as one of the all time great poker tournament players. He then had 19 recorded tournament wins from 2013-2022, picking up more titles at the EPT as well as claiming his maiden victories at the WSOP and WPT.
In 2014, Smith founded Double Up Drive, which has helped raise over $24.7 million for charities.
World Series of Poker
Smith collected his first WSOP cash in 2010 when he finished in 383rd place in the $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event for $1,877. However, this was only the beginning as he scored eleven more money finishes since then. He's biggest World Series cash came in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em event in the summer of 2012. Smith finished that event in third place and took home almost $370,000 in prize money.
Smith then notched nine WSOP final table appearances from 2013-2021 , with five third-place finishes as well as being a runner-up. His second-place finish at the 2016 WSOP in Event #67: High Roller for One Drop - $111,111 No-Limit Hold'em netted him $3,078,974. Two years later, he picked up a $4,000,000 payday in Event #78: The Big One for One Drop - $1,000,000 No-Limit Hold'em.
In 2022, Smith finally took his name off of the best players without a bracelet list when he triumphed at the 2022 WSOP in the $25,000 Heads-Up Championship.
Dan Smith's Top 5 WSOP Results
|2018||Event #78: The Big One for One Drop - $1,000,000 No-Limit Hold'em||3rd||$4,000,000|
|2016||Event #67: High Roller for One Drop - $111,111 No-Limit Hold'em||2nd||$3,078,974|
|2018||Event #33: $50,000 Poker Players Championship||3rd||$521,782|
|2022||Event #6: $25,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship||1st||$509,717|
|2016||Event #62: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller (8-Handed)||3rd||$487,361|
World Poker Tour
Smith only cashed once in the World Poker Tour event which was in 2011 at the Bay 101 Shooting Stars in San Jose. Smith finished the $ 9,500 Shooting Star Championship event in 22nd place collecting $25,800 in cash.
To date, Smith has earned $1,282,961 on the WPT with a majority coming from his win in the 2013 WPT $10,300 Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event. Smith defeated Gary Benson at heads-up play to capture the $1,161,135 up top.
European Poker Tour
Dan Smith entered the European poker circuit back in 2008 when he cashed at the EPT Barcelona €2,000 No-Limit Hold'em event taking home €21,300 for the 7th place finish. However, his most memorable performances were witnessed in 2012. At first Smith took to the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final and won all three of the €5,000 side events in just one week. First, he won the €5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Max Turbo for €152,980. Then, he took down the €5,000 No-Limit Hold'em event for €250,500 and finally, Smith won the €5,000 No-Limit Hold'em 6-Max tournament for €118,000.
Just a few months later Smith came back to Europe and crashed the EPT Season 9 inaugural Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller event for €962,925.
Dan Smith's Top 5 EPT Results
|2012||Barcelona €50,000 Super High Roller||1st||€962,925 ($1,183,100)|
|2012||Grand Final, Monte Carlo €5,000 No-Limit Hold'em||1st||€250,500 ($330,724)|
|2014||Barcelona, €2,200 No Limit Hold'em||1st||€159,500 ($211,623)|
|2012||Grand Final, Monte Carlo €5,000 No-Limit Hold'em - 6 Max Turbo||1st||€152,980 ($201,971)|
|2012||Grand Final, Monte Carlo €5,000 No-Limit Hold'em - 6 Max||1st||€118,000 ($155,790)|
At the very beginning of 2012 Smith went to Australia's biggest poker festival of the year, the Aussie Millions and won the $100,000 Challenge for A$1,012,000 and scored the largest win of his career. Then in September that same year Smith finished in seventh place at the Partouche Poker Tour Grand Final, Cannes €8,500 Main Event for €178,496 in prize money.
Did you know?
- Dan Smith is a regular at the online poker tables where he can be found under the nickname “Danny98765”.