Long time popular poker professional Sam Grizzle, famous for his battles with Phil Hellmuth, died on Tuesday this week, after multiple news. Grizzle died at the age of 67 due to a massive stroke.
Four-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) Champion and two-time WSOP Main Event final table winner Mike Matusow, tweeted on Monday: “I just got a text that Sam Grizzle had a massive brain hemorrhage last night and is in critical condition at a hospital here in Vegas! No matter your feelings on Sam I ask everyone to pray for him as he’s been a huge part of poker history over the years! Ty all!”
I just got a text that Sam Grizzle had a massive brain hemorrhage last night and is in critical condition at hospital here in Vegas! No matter your feelings on Sam I ask everyone to pray for him as he’s been a huge part of poker history over the years! Ty all! #pray4Sam
— Mike Matusow (@themouthmatusow) October 19, 2020
Later, Todd Brunson confirmed to PokerNews; he said: “He had a massive stroke and brain aneurysm. He is in a coma, and they are going to pull the plug. The doctor says no hope. So sad. Shutting off life support tomorrow. Love him or hate him, there’s no denying Sam Grizzle was one of the most colorful characters in the poker world. A stark contrast to many of the ‘robots’ of today’s game. We are worse off without his sometimes annoying but usually hilarious, witty lines.”
Grizzle’s battles with Phil Hellmuth
Grizzle is known for its deadpan one-liners at the tables. He became very popular during the early days of the poker boom for his battles with Phil Hellmuth. It is essential to know that in the 2003 WSOP, Grizzle took center stage as a foil to Hellmuth, where he lobbed barbs at the all-time WSOP bracelet leader at that time. At one point, he discredited Hellmuth’s skills by saying. “What if you’re a goofball that just catches cards?”
Grizzle and Hellmuth had lots of history together on the broadcast. He and Hellmuth have lots of history together, both contented outside the Binion’s after a brief clash at the poker table. Afterward, Norman Chad – a commentator at ESPN – said in a broadcast that Grizzle “decked” Hellmuth. However, Hellmuth noted later that his back was out, and that laded some punches. Hellmuth later defeated Grizzle in the
The rivalry between Hellmuth and Grizzle was one of the biggest rivalries in modern poker. The rivalry started when 20 years ago. In total, Grizzle won more than $1.3 million in live tournaments but never more than $70,000 in any single event.
Hellmuth later said this on his official Twitter page following Grizzle’s death: “Whenever you played poker (with) Sam, you were laughing. He was one of the cleverest guys in poker and will be missed.”
“RIP Sam Grizzle. In an interview w @ChadAHolloway, I gave Chad my favorite Sam story (I’ll tweet it out). Whenever you played poker w Sam, you were laughing. He was one of the cleverest guys in poker and will be missed #RIPSamGrizzle”
It is also essential to know that Grizzle had his best tournament this summer after finishing third in the WSOP Online event for$77,725. In total, he has 28 career cashes in live WSOP events for $234,409. Also, his best finish was third in a $1,500 seven-card stud event in 2001.
Popular poker professional Daniel Negreanu also stated his tribute to the late poker player. He said, through his Twitter handle, that Grizzle was “without a doubt, the wittiest, funniest poker player I’ve ever sat with in my life.”
Sad to hear about Sam Grizzle passing.
He is without a doubt, the wittiest, funniest poker player I’ve ever sat with in my life.
His one-liners are legendary and you could fill a book with them.
RIP Grizz. https://t.co/9JS2DqxlMl
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) October 21, 2020
Grizzle will be remembered for his hilarious, witty lines and decades on the poker grind.