World Series of Poker Main Event Runner-Up Darvin Moon Passes Away At 56

Self-employed logger and amateur poker player Darvin Moon has passed away at age 56. The Oakland, Maryland resident succumbed to complications in surgery on Saturday, Sept. 19, according to a social networking article from Heartland Poker Tour co-founder Todd Anderson.

“The best person I ever met through poker is Darvin Moon,” explained Anderson from the article. “A man of integrity and honor. And quite possibly the most interesting person I’ve ever known. “

While Moon not wasn’t an expert poker player, he very nearly won the largest and most prestigious yearly tournament the sport has to offer you. In 2009, the self-taught, house game enthusiast won his way to the $10,000 buy WSOP main event via a $130 buy satellite championship in a West Virginia casino.

Moon was able to navigate his way though a field of 6,494 gamers to produce the final table as the chip leader. He outlasted a range of big names in the last table, such as 10-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey and Stake me to play’s very own Jeff Shulman to create it down to heads-up play Joe Cada. Moon finally finished in 2nd position, turning his $130 investment in to just shy of $5.2 million.

Moon listed six cashes in live poker tournaments out his massive streak in the WSOP main event, totaling roughly $23,000 in earnings. He advised Stake me to play at 2010 he didn’t have many interest in becoming a fixture on the poker scene.

“I’ve been bad. I could be bad after this,” Moon said. He went on to explain why he would more or less return to his equal lifestyle, saying, “We’ve dwelt on 20 to 25 million dollars annually for 26 decades. I am now able to live the rest of my life . I’m [still] functioning, because my entire family was raised like that. “

Moon bought a few investment properties and some pickup trucks for his family with his poker winnings. He also purchased the farm that he grew up on. Otherwise, he went back to work running his logging company, despite perhaps no longer relying on the income it provided.

“I don’t really think it’s changed us as people, but it’s definitely changed our lives,” Moon’s spouse Wendy stated in 2010. “It changed our lives completely, but we’ve met a lot of good, new people. I’m really proud of Darvin. “

Players from all over the poker community shared their condolences over the weekend, such as fellow 2009 WSOP final tablist Steve Begleiter.

Very sad to hear about Darvin’s passing. We shared the last table in 2009 and during that adventures and other discussions over the years made to find that the incredibly decent and higher character person he was. He’ll be overlooked. Condolences to Wendy along with his Loved Ones.

– Steve Begleiter (@begspoker) September 20, 2020

Moon sat for a meeting for Stake me to play TV’s The Scoop in the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship. That dialogue could be considered underneath.