Dan Smith

Dan Smith is a professional poker player with nearly $10 million in tournament winnings. Find his poker biography & videos here.

Dan Smith is a professional poker player from Manalapan, New Jersey.

Dan Smith was born in 1989 and began playing poker at 16 years of age, despite not being old enough to legally play. An avid chess player since the age of six, he was aiming to receive a chess scholarship to the University of Maryland after graduating high school. Smith says he grew tired of chess, however, and it eventually stopped being fun to play. That lack of interest lead him to play more and more poker, putting aside both chess and school work. In 2007 he decided to stop attending his college and pursue a career as a professional poker player. In a short amount of time he made a name for himself as one of the top players in the world.

A year into his professional career, he won his first title at the Heartland Poker Tour Main Event at Turning Stone Resort & Casino. His results for the next few years were consistent, although not as profitable. That all changed in 2012, which proved to be a momentous year for Smith.

In that year he won, or made deep runs, in several large tournaments. At the $100k Aussie Millions event he won the top prize for $1.04 million, before heading to the EPT 8 Grand Final in Monte Carlo. There Smith won the ‎€5k 6max $202k, the ‎€5k NLHE for $330k, and another ‎€5k 6max event for $155k, all in the span of just four days. This run quickly solidified him as one of the top young players to watch.

He has not slowed down since then. In the three years since that monumental year, he has taken down several more high profile tournaments, in addition to final tabling many more.

In 2013, he won a $10k event at the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $1.2 million, one of the largest cashes of his career. He then made a return to the Aussie Millions in 2014, where he fell short in second place, netting him $243k as a consolation prize. Four months later, he had his largest cash to date when he won $2.04 million at a $100k Super High Roller in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 27.

Beyond merely playing in live tournaments, Smith stakes many players in major series like the World Series of Poker, where in 2014 he made over 200 deals either purchasing pieces of players or staking their entire buy-in outright. His approach to bankroll management sets him apart from many pros, saying that he likes to be aggressive and gamble rather than playing it safe. Despite losing money on many players he believes that live play is still soft enough that almost any investment is a good one.

In total, his total live earnings to date are nearly $10 million, putting him at 36th on the All Time Money List from Hendon Mob, a remarkable feat at just 26 years of age in 2015. Online, he has earned nearly $3 million from a combined 774 cashes as of October 2015.

Dan Smith can on PokerStars under the name Danny98765.

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PokerLife Podcast - With Guest Dan Smith

Dan Smith is back on the PokerLife Ppodcast to talk to Joey Ingram about his charity drive that has raised $650,000 so far, the cu...

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Call Or Fold with Doug Polk and ChicagoJoey

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Table Talk with Polk and Papi

Doug Polk and Joey Ingram discuss the latest poker news in a rapid-fire format. This week on Table Talk, they cover Brian Hasting'...

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Tatjana Pasalic Interview with Dan Smith and Isaac Haxton

Short interview with Team USA's Isaac Haxton and Dan Smith

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Dan Smith vs Mikhail Smirnov - Aussie Millions 2012 HR Final Hands

Final moments of the 2012 Aussie Millions $100k High Roller event

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Daniel Negreanu Moves in vs Dan Smith

Negreanu gets his chips in the middle bad against Dan Smith

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Negreanu vs Dan Smith while Ivey is Distracted by Fans

Daniel Negreanu gets in an important pot against Dan Smith, while Phil Ivey is distracted by some very loyal fans

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Dan Smith with some Unfortunate Timing

Dan Smith picks a bad time to go for a big bluff

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Dan Smith Pushing the Envelope against Smirnov

Dan Smith putting a lot of pressure on Smirnov

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Dan Smith with Kings vs Aces of Chris Johnson

Dan Smith on the wrong side of the cold deck. Or is he?

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Dan Smith Wins WPT Five Diamond WPC $100k Super High Roller For $1,404,000

It took a concerted effort by a Dan Smith and Daniel Negreanu tag-team to deny another German super high-roller victory.

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Alan Lau Wins 2017 ACOP Main Event for HK$5,4 Million

30-year old Hong Kong pro Alan Lau saw off a massively strong field to lift the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Main Event in Macau.

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Stefan Schillhabel takes down Triton Super High Roller Macau for $750,000

Schillhabel scooped just over US$750,000 when he fought off the challenge of many of the world’s best high-stakes players in the opening salvo of the Triton Super High Roller in Macau.

Live Poker Events, 2 months ago

Bryn Kenney Scoops $960,000 at the Poker Masters Event #3

It was an amazing day at the Poker Masters yesterday, mainly due to the fact that there were no Germans at the final table!

High-Stakes players Hacked - Doug Polk Explains How

Vanessa Rousso was not the only well-known poker player to have her account hacked this past week

Dan Smith Showing Poker Players Aren’t Selfish

Dan Smith’s second annual charity drive hit a whopping $1.7million total, every cent raised going to good causes across the globe.

Doug Polk $25k High Roller Crossbook With Dan Smith

Doug Polk and Dan Smith cross-booking their action to add a little extra spice to their Aria high-roller Christmas tournaments.

Charity Begins at The Poker Table

For the poker charity community five weeks in advance seems a fair enough timescale – allowing time for donations and distributions to help those in need.

From Checkmate to All-in

​What do Dan Harrington, Dan Smith, Ylon Schwartz and Jennifer Shahade all have in common? Lots of money and poker titles, sure, but all of these names were master class chess players or champions.

Live Poker Events, 3 years ago

Main Event: 44 Returning from the Dinner Break

It is the Day 6 of the Main Event, and after playing for couple hours, players are away for their well deserved dinner break. When cards got in the air earlier today, there were 79 of them still