Gavin Smith named WPT Player of the Year

Full Tilt Poker player Gavin Smith has been named the "Season IV Player of the Year" by the World Poker Tour (WPT), it was announced this weekend.

Over the past year, Smith reached the final table in three separate $10,000 buy-in <a href="/live-tournaments/wpt">WPT</a> events, including a first place finish at the 2005 Mirage Poker Showdown.

Smith also earned a third place finish at the Second Annual Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship and a fourth place finish at the Gold Strike World Poker Open. Alone, those three performances earned Smith more than $1.6 million in tournament winnings.

"Getting to a WPT final table is an accomplishment achieved by many," said fellow Full Tilt Poker representative Howard Lederer, "But making three final tables in one season, including a win, shows that Gavin is among poker's elite competitors."

Smith is the third Full Tilt Poker representative to earn the WPT Player of the Year honor, following Howard Lederer in Season I and Erick Lindgren in Season II.

Please see Full Tilt Poker for further details.

Editor's Note: Team Full Tilt is a select group of poker players that represents the online gaming site and plays poker several hours a week in its poker rooms, helping online amateurs improve their game by offering tips through real-time chats at the tables. In total, more than 30 top players are members of the team, including the Hendon Mob, Howard Lederer, Phil Gordon, Clonie Gowen, Jennifer Harman, Phil Ivey, Erik Seidel, Andy Bloch, Mike Matusow, Huck Seed, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, and John Juanda, among others.

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