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Posted by on Jan 11, 2014 in Blog, General Poker, Las Vegas | 3 comments

Another Gavin Smith Story



Drinking with Gavin Smith last night


Gavin Smith and I go back many, many years.  More cocktails, laughs, and hangovers than I care to remember.  Let’s just say I knew Gavin before he became infamous.

Last night, we added another chapter to the encyclopedia of stories you wouldn’t believe.


Gavin and I agreed to meet at a locals hangout on Fort Apache, on the west side of town.  By the time I arrived, right on time mind you, Gavin already had an empty glass parked in front of him.

I had put the over/under on our session at 90 minutes.  That’s what I told Marieta, anyway.  The main reason was — I had plenty of things to do that night and I wasn’t going to let myself get carried away inside a bar with Gavin.

Four hours later, we were still hunched over our barstools drinking and laughing.  Gavin can be such a terrible influence.

Anyway, the bill finally came.  I had absolutely no idea how many drinks we consumed.  Both of us also enjoyed a full dinner.  I even took an order to go for Marieta.

Well, wouldn’t you know it?  I only had a couple of hundred on me and blew all that in the video poker machine.  Apparently, Gavin did the same thing.  So, the $180 bar tab comes and is sitting there staring us in the face, and neither one of us has any cash or even a working credit card.

“I thought you had money?” Gavin says.

“No, I figured you had money,” I replied.

Stuck with a bill you can’t pay, now what do you do?

Well, if you’re Gavin Smith — you try to borrow some money!

GAVIN:  Hey (bartender’s name)!  We’re both busted.  We need to settle this.

BARTENDER:  You’re busted?  What did you do, blow all your money in the video poker machine?

GAVIN:  Yeah, your machines really suck.  Your machines don’t pay shit.

BARTENDER:  I’ve got nothing to do with that.

GAVIN:  So, I need to ask you a favor.

BARTENDER:  What’s that?

GAVIN:  I need to borrow $200.  You got it?

BARTENDER:  You mean to pay the bar tab?

GAVIN:  No, I need the $200 just for me.  For myself.  To take home.  I’m busted.

BARTENDER:  (After regaining his ability to speak) I’d give it to you, but I don’t really have it right now.  Business has been kinda’ slow.

So, we ended up guzzling down four hours’ worth of drinks.  We ate two full meals.  We even ordered a meal to go.  Neither one of us had a nickel in our pockets when the bill came, and then Gavin tried to hit up the bartender for a personal loan.

Fortunately, no one called the cops on us.  As things turned out, Gavin did manage to borrow from someone else.  We settled up, gave the bartender a $50 tip, and left.

Moral of the story:  When Gavin and I walk into a bar, get the money upfront.

READ:  Remembering Gavin Smith

READ:  Tribute to Gavin on Video


  1. No working credit card? True Degens!

  2. Having some experience with Mr. Smith myself and perhaps a bit with Nolan as well – I believe the correct phrasing would be “no credit cards with a dime of unused credit on them.”

  3. “neither one of us has any cash or even a working credit card.” Does Gavin even have a credit card of any kind? 🙂


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