Todd Terry, former poker pro, high-stakes cash game competitor, and prolific contributor to poker’s online community, has passed away at 48. 

Todd Terry

Todd Terry pass away after a decade-long fight with an illness. (Image: WPT)

Terry walked away from a job as a practicing law attorney in Manhattan to pursue a career in poker in the mid-aughts. He had a good decade of solid poker results with several WPT and WSOP final tables and was known for being an aggressive, fearless, and creative player.

He cashed more than $2.3 million playing tournament poker, according to the Hendon Mob. 

Many pros and poker insiders expressed their respects on Twitter after hearing he died in Los Angeles on May 17. 

Career highlights include a second-place finish in the $3,200 event at the 2009 Borgata Winter Open for $434K, a third place finish in the 2009 $10K WPT Legends of Poker for $231K, and a runner-up in a $2,000 event at the 2007 WSOP for $354K.

He also was one of four plaintiffs who sued Full Tilt Poker for $450 million after the site was shuttered for being a Ponzi scheme. The case was settled for an undisclosed amount. 

Terry graduated with honors from both Harvard College and NYU Law School.

According to the obituary that ran in is hometown paper The Cleveland Plain Dealer, “he gave up law to become a professional poker player who participated in tournaments the world over, becoming quite famous and highly respected by his peers and the media.”

Terry was forced to walk away from poker around 2015 after being diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), an incurable, progressive neurological disease akin to Alzheimers. 

He is survived by his wife Andrea (Beckerman), parents Bruce and Nancy (nee Moyle) Terry, and sister Natalie (Carrie). He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

His family is asking for donations to be made in his memory to either the Brain Support Network or Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration.


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Bob Pajich

Bob Pajich is a poker news reporter, creative writer, and poker player who never met suited connectors he didn’t like. If you liked what he is writing about, give him a follow on Twitter: @PondHockey2.

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