Dan Smith playing in a relaxed mood

Dan Smith is a poker player from the United States of America worth about thirty-seven million dollars total. Though he isn’t as popular or public as other poker players who are the best, but in recent years, he’s been slowly climbing the ranks on the all-time money list.

Dan Smith

Dan was born on February 23rd in 1989, in Manalapan Township, New Jersey, but he lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the present day. During his entire poker player career, he’s earned several titles, including a World Poker Tour title as well as a championship event at the Aussie Millions.

Dan started playing poker at the very young age of sixteen, way before the legal gambling age in the United States. As a young man, he learned how to play chess and became so skilled at chess that he was accepted into college under a chess scholarship—which is rare but shows just how skilled he was at chess. In 2007 at the age of eighteen, Dan quit college and decided not to pursue that career to pursue a full-time job in poker. 

Dan didn’t earn a victory or even a cash prize until 2008 at the Heartland Poker Tour Main Event at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in New York City. There, he won over a hundred thousand dollars. But his biggest cash prize at a live poker tournament was at the Bellagio Super High Roller one hundred thousand dollars in June of 2014, where he won the grand prize of over two million dollars.

A Dip in Success

Before that, Dan’s career didn’t seem to be going too well, and it took until the year 2012 before it turned around for the better. Dan pulled out a significant victory at the Aussie Millions Poker Championship one hundred thousand dollar NHLE event and won over a million dollars. This point completely changed his career and set Dan on a path for success as a poker player. In 2012,  he also did well in the 2012 EPT-8 tournament in Monte Carlo. In just four days, he won three NLHE events, which was a high amount and impressive.

His most recent wins include Dan receiving third place in the 2018 WSOP Big One for One Drop for four million dollars. There, he won the biggest live cash prize of his entire career, where he won third place and earned over eight million dollars—very close to nine million in total—at the Triton Million tournament.

In 2016, he played the WSOP 111,111 dollar One for One Drop event and finished in second place for a total earning of over three million dollars.

Now, in the present day, Dan has brought in over 74 cash prizes in live poker tournaments and has won over thirty-six million dollars throughout his entire career, making him one of the most successful poker players of all time. He has earned it and has worked hard to get to where he is at today.