Self-employed logger and also amateur texas hold’em gamer Darvin Moon has actually reportedly passed away at the age of 56. The Oakland, Maryland resident succumbed to problems from surgical procedure on Saturday, Sept. 19, according to a social media sites message from Heartland Casino poker Excursion founder Todd Anderson.
“The best person I ever met through poker is Darvin Moon,” said Anderson in the post. “A man of integrity and honor. And quite possibly the most interesting person I’ve ever known.”
While Moon not was not a professional poker gamer, he very nearly won the most significant as well as most distinguished yearly tournament the game has to supply. In 2009, the self-taught, home game hero won his way into the $10,000 buy-in WSOP main event through a $130 buy-in satellite tournament at a West Virginia gambling establishment.
Moon handled to navigate his means though a field of 6,494 gamers to make the final table as the chip leader. He outlasted a variety of big names at the last table, consisting of 10-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey and also Card Gamer’s own Jeff Shulman to make it to heads-up bet Joe Cada. Moon inevitably finished in 2nd location, transforming his $130 investment right into simply reluctant of $5.2 million.
Moon videotaped 6 money in live poker tournaments beyond his huge run in the WSOP main event, completing around $23,000 in earnings. He told Card Gamer in 2010 that he really did not have much passion in ending up being a fixture on the texas hold’em scene.
“I’ve always been poor. I can be poor after this,” Moon said. He went on to explain why he would more or less return to his same lifestyle, saying, “We’ve lived on 20 to 25 thousand dollars a year for 26 years. I can now live the rest of my life comfortably. I’m [still] working, because my whole family was raised that way.”
Moon purchased a few financial investment homes and also some pickup for his household with his casino poker profits. He additionally acquired the farm that he grew up on. Or else, he returned to work running his logging business, regardless of maybe no longer relying upon the earnings it offered.
“I don’t really think it’s changed us as people, but it’s definitely changed our lives,” Moon’s wife Wendy said in 2010. “It changed our lives completely, but we’ve met a lot of good, new people. I’m really proud of Darvin.”
Gamers from around the poker area shared their condolences over the weekend break, including fellow 2009 WSOP final tablist Steve Begleiter.