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Standout Poker Pro And Lawyer Todd Terry Passes Away At Age 48

The Accomplished Player Suffered From A Rare Neurological Disease

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The poker world was saddened to hear of the passing of Todd Terry, a 48-year-old former lawyer who found success on the high-stakes poker tournament trail.

Terry, who grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, graduated Magna Cum Laude with the highest honors with a bachelor’s in applied mathematics from Harvard University, and earned his law degree in similar fashion from NYU. In between high-profile stints in the courtrooms of Manhattan, he would occasionally make trips to Atlantic City poker rooms.

After a few big scores, including a $96,525 WSOP Circuit win at Harrah’s, Terry gave up his day job and started traveling the tournament circuit. He nearly added a WSOP bracelet to his Circuit ring in 2007, finishing runner-up in a $2,000 buy-in no-limit event for $353,875.

Then in 2009, he took second at the Borgata Winter Open for a career-best $434,767 score, before taking third at the World Poker Tour Legends of Poker main event later that summer for another $231,300. The next year he final tabled the WPT Hollywood Poker Open.

In total, Terry racked up $2.3 million in live tournament earnings, along with another million won online. His last tournament cash came in 2015 before he stepped away from the game.

During his time as a poker pro, Terry was outspoken in the community and was even one of the four players who filed a lawsuit against Full Tilt Poker in the wake of Black Friday to retrieve nearly $150 million in player funds.

Terry passed away Tuesday, May 17 in Los Angeles, having fought with an incurable neurological disease for nearly a decade. He is survived by his wife Andrea.

His family has requested that he be remembered with donations to either the Brain Support Network or the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration.