The old school icon, well known for his altercations with Phil Hellmuth, has passed away following a stroke.

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Sam Grizzle

One of the most colourful characters of the old school era of poker, Sam Grizzle, passed away on Monday night.

He died of a stroke and brain aneurysm after slipping into a coma, he was 67 years old. 

Grizzle was a precursor to the Mike Matusow and Tony G characters we see in poker, known for getting under his opponent’s skin and putting them on tilt. 

Most famously he had a rivalry with Phil Hellmuth. While many people wonder how the Poker Brat gets away with his rants without being punched, Grizzle famously thumped Hellmuth in a parking lot giving him a black eye and a bloody nose. 

Grizzle had $1,354,877 in live tournament cashes which included wins in the Jack Binion World Poker Open and the LA Poker Classic. 





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