Darvin Moon, WSOP Runner-Up in 2009, Passes Away at 56

The 2009 World Series of Poker may have been won by multiple bracelet winner Joe Cada. The final table featured Phil Ivey – a titan in the poker world. However, perhaps the man most remembered was the man who came in 2nd – Darvin Moon.

The soft-spoken logger from Maryland could do no wrong that year winning monster hand after monster, cooler after cooler. This would be how the poker world remembered him. And now Todd Anderson of the Heartland Poker Tour has sadly announced to the poker world that Darvin died yesterday due to complications from surgery. Speculation was that the cause of death was a blood clot.

Moon famously turned down endorsement deal from the final table exposure, saying he didn’t know or understand online poker sites well enough to endorse them.

Moon would later sign on the Heartland Poker Tour where he cashed in a handful of events. His final HendonMob totals show $5,210,576 in career cashes, the bulk of which came from his $5,182,601 score for placing second to Joe Cada.

Darvin Moon 1964-2020

Rest in peace, Mr. Moon. Our thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones. Good run.


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Keith Woernle is a writer, comedian, and semi-pro poker player based out of New Jersey. He was a producer for season 10 of the World Poker Tour. Keith won a WSOP circuit ring in 2011. He likes poker a lot. Follow or contact him on Twitter @WoernlePoker.


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