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.
|09-03-2012||€8,500 Partouche Poker Tour Grand Final - No Limit Hold'em||7||€244,430|
|08-17-2012||€50,000 EPT Estrellas Poker Tour Super High Roller - No Limit Hold'em||1||$1,183,100|
|06-28-2012||$5,000 - WSOP - No Limit Hold'em||3||$368,943|
|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 winnings and that year accounts for the majority of his $4.48 Million in total winnings.
Most recently, Dan had a solid 2013 WSOP, finishing in the money three times and just missing the final table in the $5,000 NL Hold’em Six-Handed event, finishing 11th.
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.