The poker world is once again mourning the passing of one of its own and, in this case, it was at an incredibly early age. Poker player Todd Terry had been battling a serious brain condition for seven years and finally succumbed to it earlier this week. Terry, who was well known in the world of live and online poker, was only 48 years old.
A decade of poker excellence
Terry would win his first ever cash in the world of tournament poker in a preliminary event during the 2005 United States Poker Championship. to a decade of excellence at the poker tables. He would ply his trade in these smaller events, with several final table finishes in smaller preliminary events over the next few years.
Along with his play in the world of tournament poker, Terry would become one of the most respected voices in the online poker community. He was often one of the voices of reason on the Two Plus Two forums, a place where sensible comments were often hard to come by. He also occasionally came into bigger tournaments on more prestigious circuits with decent results.
Success without major championships
Terry came closest to World Series of Poker glory in 2007 with a second-place finish in a $2,000 No Limit Hold’em tournament. On the World Poker Tour, Terry twice came close to an ever-elusive title, finishing third in the 2009 WPT Legends of Poker and making a deep run in the 2009 WPT World Poker Finals at Foxwoods. His biggest tournament tally came at what was his home court, the Borgata in Atlantic City, when he was again runner-up to Steve Weinstein in the 2009 Borgata Winter Open championship event. Terry would earn 91 lifetime earnings and withdraw $2,366,635 in career income.
Unfortunately, Terry walked away from the world of tournament poker in 2015 when he was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD). FTD is a fairly rare neurological disease, diagnosed in approximately 200,000 cases per year in the United States alone, that attacks the frontal lobes of the brain. This area of the brain handles behavioral and language skills and there is no cure. Those with the disease will continue to get worse until they eventually pass the disease.
Twitter was quick to remember Terry when he passed away. Shaun Deeb recalled his contributions to the Two Plus Two forums writing, “So sad to hear about Todd Terry… knew about his issues shortly after leaving the stage. Definitely the top 5 posters on 2p2 that I learned the most at the start of my career. Another fellow pro, Eric Baldwin, noted his game, writing, “RIP Todd Terry. He was a pain in the ass to play against and he wasn’t afraid to challenge the status quo. »
Poker News Daily would like to send its condolences to Todd’s friends and family at this difficult time.