Bill Smith (poker player)
March 14, 1934|
Roswell, New Mexico, United States
February 28, 1996 (aged 61)|
Nevada, United States
|World Series of Poker|
Main Event finish
Smith was a staple at the World Series of Poker during the 1980s. He was involved in three final tables of the Main Event. At the 1981 and 1986 WSOP Smith placed fifth, but at the 1985 World Series of Poker he won the bracelet, and $700,000. His total tournament winnings exceeded $1,050,000. His three cashes at the WSOP accounted for $788,800 of his lifetime winnings.
According to fellow poker player T. J. Cloutier, Smith did not play well when he was sober or totally drunk. “Bill was the tightest player you'd ever played in your life when he was sober. And when he was halfway drunk, he was the best player I'd ever played with. No one could read opponents’ hands better than half- drunk Smith. But when he got past that halfway mark, he was the worst player I'd ever played with.” 
The year Smith won the Main Event, he entered the final day's play sober and just sat there while he warmed up. After he started drinking, he accumulated a huge pile of chips by well-timed aggressive play. He had so many chips once he was totally drunk that good luck led him to victory.
World Series of Poker Bracelets
|1985||$10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship||$700,000|
Smith died in 1996.
- Poker champion Smith dies
- Hendon Mob tournament results
- WSOP.com profile
- Where Are They Now - Bill Smith
- History in Spades: Bill Smith and the 1985 World Series of Poker
- Poker Player Press: Bill Smith
- Smith, Dana. "Interview with T. J. Cloutier". pokerpages.com. Advanced Global Applications, LLC. Archived from the original on 2008-10-11. Retrieved 2008-09-24.