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WSOP Bracelet Winner Tommy Hufnagle Dies at 77 Poker
Amarylisa Gonsalves
Posted on 22 May, 2021
By Amarylisa Gonsalves
On 22 May, 2021
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By Amarylisa Gonsalves
On 22 May, 2021
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WSOP Bracelet Winner Tommy Hufnagle Dies at 77


Poker legend and World Series of Poker (WSOP) Bracelet Winner, Tommy Hufnagle passed away at the age of 77 on Friday, May 21st. The poker maestro had previously suffered a heart attack on February 15th in Missisippi, that left him incapacitated and unresponsive.

Hufnagle was born on January 10th, 1944. He was from Schwenksville, Pennsylvania and served in Vietnam, where he gained popularity as one of the best Texas Hold’em players in town. In the early 1970s, Hufnagle made his way to Vegas.

The 1977 WSOP media guide described Hufnagle as – He ventured into the Horseshoe Casino for the World Series for the first time last year and proved his skill by finishing third. His reputation as one of the world’s best all-around poker players derives from his talent as a very high limit player, and if he were to concentrate on no-limit playing, he could very well be number one in the World Series. The handsome, 34-year-old Hufnagle enjoys water skiing, boating and weight-lifting. He’s a health-conscious nonsmoker.

According to The Hendon Mob, Hufnagle won a total of $8,66,372 in live tournament earnings dating back to 1976. In 1998, he won the $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Split event where he added a career high $1,39,305 to his bankroll and also won the WSOP bracelet to his credit. He played at around 19 WSOP events in his career. 

He finished third with $96,425 at the 1999 Carnivale of Poker II $5,000 Championship. The poker pro had won the 2002 LAPC $1,060 H.O.S.E. event, where he took home $49,920. At the 1994 WSOP $1,500 Razz event he finished as a runner-up and cashed $44,400.

Hufnagle has 10 tournament victories to his credit. He won titles in events such as Amarillo Slim’s Super Bowl of Poker, Gold Coast Open, and Hall of Fame Poker Classic among other prestigious series.

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