Poker pays tribute to Tom Jacobs

The poker community is remembering pro Tom Jacobs, who died earlier this month at the age of 61, by flooding an online guestbook with stories of a man with great skill and a generous heart.

"He was a class act and a very tough player," wrote pro David Plastik in the guestbook accompanying Jacobs's obituary in the Denver Post.

Though originally from Denver, Colo., Jacobs made his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., until the time of his death March 11.

As the Internet tribute can attest to, though, Jacobs spent plenty of time at the poker tables in Las Vegas, picking up his share of pots and friendships over the course of his career.

His tournament track record is about as solid as they come, featuring a gold bracelet in Limit Hold'em from the 2003 World Series of Poker and a string of final table finishes at the event. He also made the final table at the 2004 World Poker Tour Championship event.

"It is a sad day for the 'Poker World' to lose Tommy Jacobs," wrote Marsha Waggoner in the guestbook. "I have played poker with Tom for 20+ years. He was one of the rare souls who brought positive words with him wherever he went."

Russ Hamilton, the 1994 WSOP Main Event champion, also contributed warm memories of his poker peer - a fun person who, he says, never had a bad word to say about anyone.

"I will always remember Tommy and that great smile he had at the poker table as he raked my money in," Hamilton wrote. "I speak for everyone in the poker world when I say - Tommy, you will be missed."

Jacobs is survived by his wife, Theresa, their two children and a large extended family.

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