High Stakes Tournament Specialist
Dan Smith aka “KingDan” started his competitive career as a accomplished chess player. He would be introduced to poker in his later teens and by the time he started attending college at the University of Maryland, he was already playing both live tournaments and online.
|01-26-2014||$109 (Turbo 1R,1A) - PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker - No Limit Hold'em||1||$125,146|
|12-06-2013||$10,000 - WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic - No Limit Hold'em||1||$1,161,135|
|08-17-2012||€50,000 EPT Estrellas Poker Tour Super High Roller - No Limit Hold'em||1||$1,183,100|
|04-27-2012||€5,000 - Monte Carlo EPT Grand Final - No Limit Hold'em||1||€330,724|
|01-22-2012||$100,000 - Aussie Millions High Roller Challenge - No Limit Hold'em||1||$1,041,828|
Dan Smith's Biography
Dan would ultimately leave college to pursue poker full-time and began playing full-time in 2007. It would be less than a year before he would begin to make a impact on the poker world.
Dan’s first live cash also happened to be his first victory. In 2008, he took down the Heartland Poker Tour Main Event at Turning Stone Resort & Casino in New York. The $101,960 was just a preview of things to come in his poker career.
His biggest year by far was 2012. Starting in January, Dan made his first Million dollar score by taking down the Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge. Three months later, he would take down three preliminary events at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo in the span of just a week. These wins would net him over $687,000.
His rush would continue at the 2012 WSOP as he cashed in five events and finished 3rd in the $5,000 NL Hold’Em event. Two months later, he would make the second Million dollar score of his career after taking down the € 50,000 NL Hold’em Super High Roller event at the EPT Barcelona. Dan finished 2012 with an impressive $3.73 Million in tournament earnings.
Dan continued to dominate live poker in 2013. After finishing in the money three times at the 2013 WSOP, he finally took down his first major poker title. In December, Dan won the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic for his first major title and $1.16 million in prize money.
Dan rode his rush from his WPT title and remains hot in 2014. Dan cashed three times at the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, finishing 13th in the $25,000 High Roller. He then traveled to Aussie Millions where he finished runner-up in the $25,000 Challenge, earning $243,567. Dan now has $6.05 million in live tournament earnings.
Dan’s success is not just limited to the live tournament arena. Known as KingDan online, Dan is also an online tournament legend with over $1.88 million in tournament earnings. His largest online score came in 2012 when he took down the Sunday Million on PokerStars, earning $211,800.
Dan also has one COOP title on his resume. He took down Event #17 of the Turbo Championship of Online Poker (TCOOP) in January for his first online bracelet and $125,146.
While specializing in six-handed NL Hold’em play, Dan’s success has been attributed to his ability to play cash games, sit-and-go’s, and tournaments proficiently. He brings these skills to Ivey Poker and we expect him to take down another major victory in the near future.