Former Poker Pro Brad Booth Reported Missing for 23 Days

  • Reno PD report states he was last seen leaving Grand Sierra Resort on July 13
  • Booth told roommate he was going camping but only packed provisions for “day or two”
  • Reportedly lost millions and swindled poker pro Doug Polk out of $28,000 during his pro career
  • Vancouver native moved to Vegas permanently after winning $16,975 in 2005 WSOP
Former poker pro Brad Booth against a busy casino floor background
Former high-stakes poker professional Brad Booth has been missing for 23 days after he was last seen leaving the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in northern Nevada on July 13. [Image: YouTube]

Reno PD investigating disappearance

Reno police are investigating the disappearance of former high-stakes poker pro Brad Booth, 43, who has been missing since July 13.

last seen departing the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino

According to the missing person’s report, Booth was last seen departing the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in northern Nevada. He was driving a 2002 Silver Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, with plates listed as 601PMR. Booth is believed to have informed his roommate he was going camping, although it’s understood the provisions he packed would only have lasted “a day or two”.

Poker pro and DAT Poker podcaster Adam Schwartz tweeted about the case yesterday, saying Booth’s friends are “very worried for him”. He appealed for information and urged followers to raise awareness by retweeting his message:

Reno PD is investigating Booth’s disappearance under case number 20-12315. Community service officer (II) Tazy Ciofalo of the missing person division is listed as the department’s point of contact.  

Reason for concern

The August 4 episode of the DAT Poker Podcast conducted by Daniel Negreanu, Adam Schwartz, and Terrence Chan acknowledged that Booth “had his problems” but added that his disappearance is “super concerning”.

once a notable figure

Booth was once a notable figure in the world of high-stakes poker. In more recent years, however, he suffered financial hardships and is said to have lost millions. He also admittedly swindled fellow poker professional Doug Polk out of $28,000.

In addition to expressing concern for Booth, Schwartz, who also posted the missing person’s report in his tweet, discussed the murder of female poker star Susie Zhao. A suspect has been arrested in the Zhao case, after her burned body was found in a Michigan parking area on July 13, the same day Booth is said to have disappeared.

Poker-focused Booth

Booth’s poker career began at the age of 15 when, instead of going to school, he delivered pizzas for Little Caesar’s in Vancouver to support his gambling. At one stage, Booth stated that he had been playing poker every day for 14 years.

started his career in home games

Canada-born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Booth started his career in home games, with occasional trips to Calgary, Yukon – which gave him his moniker – and Las Vegas. “Yukon Brad” then made the permanent move to Vegas following his success in the 2005 World Series Of Poker (WSOP), after finishing 12th and winning $16,975.

Booth was one of the most successful live high-stakes poker players during the poker boom era, gaining notoriety from his appearances on GSN’s High Stakes Poker. On one of the shows, he pulled off an audacious bluff against Phil Ivey after buying into a high-stakes game for $1m.