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Poker Pro Tom Jacobs Passes Away

1992 WSOP Main Event Runner-up Won more than $1 Million


Tom Jacobs, who cashed in more than a dozen World Series of Poker events, died March 11, 2007. He was 61.

Jacobs is survived by his wife, Theresa; children Kenny and Amie (Michael) Berman; sisters Pam Begal and Charlene Henslin; grandchildren David, Cindy, Steven, Zachary, Ari, Benjamin and Marjorie; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Jacobs, who lived in Scottsdale, Ariz., won his one and only WSOP bracelet in the $3,000 limit hold'em event during the 2003 WSOP. He came as close as possible to becoming a WSOP main event champion in 1992 when he finished second to Hamid Dastamalchi. Jacobs won more than $1 million in poker tournaments.

Russ Hamilton, the 1994 WSOP main event champion, wrote this about Jacobs on an online guest book created to remember him.

"Tommy was so much fun just to be around. Never a bad word to say about anyone. He was always trying to help his friends and family. I played many hours of poker with Tommy and we had many great conversations about life," Hamilton wrote. "He was instrumental in changing my life from the poker tables to going out in the business world and being successful. I will always remember Tommy and that great smile he had at the poker table as he raked my money in. I speak for everyone in the poker world when I say, Tommy, you will be missed."

Tournament veteran Marsha Waggoner also knew Jacobs, and wrote this about him:

"It is a sad day for the poker world to lose Tommy Jacobs. I have played poker with Tom for 20-plus years. He was one of the rare souls who brought positive words with him wherever he went. My sincere condolences to his family."

Poker player David Gump also chimed in about Jacobs. He wrote: "I started playing poker with Tom about four years ago and I've hardly met anyone with a better attitude. He always brought laughter and smiles to everyone's faces over and over. Tom is a big winner in life with his positive outlook, sense of humor, and compassion towards others."

He was laid to rest in Emanuel Cemetery in his hometown of Denver on Wednesday, March 14. Instead of flowers, the family asked friends and family to send donations in Jacobs' name to the Tourettes Syndrome Association, 4240 Bell Blvd., Suite 205, Bayside, NY 11361-2820.

Readers who knew Jacobs are encouraged to post remembrances of him either below this story or on his guest book, which can be found by clicking here.



over 14 years ago

Tom was a true gentleman and a great poker player too. One time he was playing in a big pot limit hold'em game and he let me peek at his hole cards. There was a bet and raise in front of him and he folded 4-6 on a flop of 9 4 6; I was amazed but sure enough he was drawing dead to pocket nines! Now that is a good read! Tom will be missed and my prayers are with his family. Dan "No Fear" Barnett