Occasionally, the deaths of notable poker players result in unfortunate occurrences in the poker community. However, these poker players are often of a certain age, but in a recent incident, a young player was affected.
Ivan Leow, a Malaysian poker player and Triton Poker ambassador, passed away suddenly at age 39. The player was a prominent member of the poker community and had been rewarding his followers with new cashes until lately.
He often enjoyed playing Short Dec in large high stakes tournaments. Early in April, he placed second in the Triton Cyprus #4 – $75,000 No-Limit Hold’em Short Deck event, winning $699,500.
The community was stunned by the news of his untimely death during the Triton Poker Cyprus Series games, in which Leow also played.
Dusty Schmidt, a former member of Team PokerStars Online, passed away at the age of 40.
Triton Poker organizers (Paul Foy and Richard Yong) canceled all events in the series and suspended the current Short Deck event due to the poker player’s untimely demise.
“Ivan was a highly popular Triton family member. In addition to being a devoted friend, he was kind, giving, and a lot of fun both at and away from the table. He was also an exceptional poker player who was devoted to the game. Ivan was a unique individual who enjoyed life to the fullest, was always smiling, and was a poker enthusiast. His family, friends, and those who had the pleasure of knowing him will miss him dearly “Foye and Yong said.
The reason of death of the teenage poker player is yet unknown. Over the course of his poker career, Leow has earned over $13,000,000 in live tournaments. In a $250,000 No Limit Hold’em – SHRB Europe Main Event, he earned his largest payout to date, $2,460,000, by finishing second. Numerous prominent high-stakes poker players have already expressed their condolences on social media mourning Leow’s passing.