1979 WSOP Runner Up Bobby Hoff Dies At 73

RIP on cross

On Sunday the poker world was again mourning the loss of another poker legend as former World Series of Poker Main Event runner up Bobby “The Wizard” Hoff passed away. The 73 year old was one of the original ‘road gamblers’ along with Doyle Brunson, Amarillo Slim and Bryan “Sailor” Roberts that were hugely responsible for bringing poker into the limelight.

How he died is still unknown at this early stage but the news quickly spread around the poker scene and led to many expressing their sadness through social media platforms such as Twitter.


Hoff could never quite match or go one better than that that 1979 performance and win a WSOP bracelet but he did manage to make 11 cashes in WSOP events totalling $301,583. Another poker legend who knew Hoff very well was Mike Sexton, who was also quick to Tweet his sadness at the loss of Bobby Hoff and went on to share his favourite line of his good friend.


Below is the video of the final hand at the 1979 World Series of Poker Main Event in which Bobby Hoff came ever so close to winning the bracelet. He took quite a few bad beats during that heads up session much like Mike Sexton explained. His opponent Hal Fowler won the event and became the first ever amateur to do so.