Justin Smith (poker player)
|World Series of Poker|
Main Event finish
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|Information accurate as of 3 January 2011.|
Smith began playing poker at the age of 17 after needing a wheelchair for several weeks, causing him to lose his part-time job. A friend gave him some lessons on Texas Hold'Em, and Smith began his online poker career with a bankroll of $50. Though his young age had prevented him from racking up a long list of tournament victories, Smith experienced substantial success in high-stakes short-handed ring games at levels up to $2,000/$4,000 and $4,000/$8,000
Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Smith spent the first two years of his life in New York and Connecticut. He also lived for a brief time in Melbourne, Florida before moving to the Kissimmee/Poinciana area in central Florida. He worked as a bagger/clerk at a local grocery store while attending high school at Poinciana High. Justin played tennis in high school, and met his future wife, Anita during his junior year. During his senior year, a near-fatal motorcycle accident left him in a wheelchair temporarily and led to his subsequent unemployment. A long-time friend introduced him to low stakes online poker during this period as a way to earn a few dollars here and there.
Smith's first major tournament success came during the 2007 Full Tilt Online Poker Series, where he tied for 1st in the $1.5 Million Guarantee, good for $175,326. As of year end 2011 he has amassed just over two million dollars in tournament winnings, including 5 cashes in the 2009 World Series of Poker (WSOP), and a 3rd place finish at the 2009 WPT Bellagio Cup V Championship. Justin accomplished a remarkable feat by final tabling the 2010 WPT Bellagio Cup VI with a 2nd place finish for $594,755 after busting out Phil Ivey in 3rd place. He followed that up shortly after in 2010 with a WPT High Roller Title win in London for a £141,000 score. In 2011 he had a 4th place finish at the 2011 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic $100,000 buy-in Super High Roller Event worth $289,440. At the 2012 World Series of Poker, he played in the much hyped $1 Million Buy-in "One Drop Foundation" Tournament featuring 48 of the top pros competing against some of the wealthiest men in the world. 1'st place in the tournament would also receive over $18,000,000. Justin was unsuccessful as the first person knocked out of the tournament with a straight against a flush facing a French businessman.
Though Smith has experienced worldwide success in numerous tournaments, the majority of his time is spent playing cash games. Since starting with online $.01/$.02 Limit Texas Hold'Em in early 2005, he has advanced to a variety of games at the highest levels both live and online. These include games like Omaha, Lowball, Seven Card Stud, and Texas Hold'Em at levels up to $4,000/$8,000 limit as well as reports of playing as high as $2,000/$4,000/$8,000 blind Pot Limit Omaha during rumored high stakes marathon games running at the Bellagio, Rio, and Aria casino hotels in Las Vegas, Nevada during consecutive summers. He was also a red named pro on Full Tilt Poker and a frequent player at the "Big Game" in Bobby's Room, a cardroom named after Bobby Baldwin, at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas. Justin has also been seen on multiple high stakes cash game TV shows such as the Million Dollar Cash Game filmed in London and Australia as well as Poker After Dark on NBC.
He is also known to be breaking into Hollywood film production by Co-Producing the 2012 Sony/Samuel Goldwyn theatrically released festival favorite film "Detention" with stars Josh Hutcherson and Dane Cook. After this, he found himself Producing the 2011 Pilot "Radical" with Cynthia Mort featuring young righteous seeking hackers. Justin appeared on the cover of Bluff Magazine's 2010 October issue, and also graced the cover of the January 2011 issue of WPT Magazine.
Justin is married to his high school sweetheart, Anita. They moved to Hollywood Hills Los Angeles, California in 2009, where they call home. Justin is known as a young socialite and businessman with his connections to Hollywood celebrities and business people. He is also an art collector. 
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