Chad Brown

PokerStars is sad to announce that Chad Brown has passed away after losing his battle with illness. The thoughts of everyone in the company are with Chad’s family and friends at this difficult time. See the PokerStars Blog for an obituary.

Chad Brown

Born and raised in New York City, Chad Brown headed to Hollywood in the early 90s to pursue an acting career. He managed to find work in film and television, but struggled to find his big break. Luckily for Chad, he was able to supplement his income playing poker at casinos across California. Having honed his skills in the Italian cafes of the Bronx back home, Chad soon discovered he could make more money at the tables than he could under Hollywood's lights.


By 1993, Chad was making a steady income at tournaments across America and made his first WSOP* cash. He just missed out on reaching the final table of the $1,500 Limit Hold’em event. He finally found the World Series breakthrough he was looking for in 2002. He finished 3rd in the $1,500 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo event, earning $45,400. Two years later, he earned $62,320 for finishing as runner-up in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud event. Just a few months later, he finished third at a World Series Circuit event and made another final table appearance for a combined total of $288,322. In 2006, Chad also scored big on the WPT, earning over $450,000 for cash finishes in several events, including a 9th place at the $25,000 Championship. In the same year, he also won $110,345 for coming 5th at the London leg of the PokerStars European Poker Tour Season 3. In 2007, Chad again finished runner up in a World Series tournament, taking home $342,777 in the $5,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball event. He also finished as runner up at the NBC National Heads Up Championship, earning a further $250,000. Chad has also been successful online. In 2006, he won the $5,200 H.O.R.S.E. event in the PokerStars World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP). The victory was worth $223,150 and validated Chad's online poker skills.

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With over $3,000,000 in tournament winnings, Chad Brown was one of the most successful players of the last decade. He tragically lost his long battle with cancer in July 2014, aged just 52.

Career Highlights

EventDatePositionPrize
2002 WSOP* $1,500 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Apr-02 3rd $45,400
2004 WSOP* $1,500 Seven Card Stud Apr-04 2nd $62,320
WSOP* Circuit Event $10,000 Championship Mar-05 3rd $198,550
2005 WSOP* $2,000 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo Jun-05 2nd $89,838
WPT $10,000 Bay 101 Shooting Stars Mar-06 6th $200,000
WPT $25,000 Championship Apr-06 9th $205,040
EPT London £3,500 No Limit Hold’em Sep-06 5th $110,345
PokerStars WCOOP $5,200 H.O.R.S.E. Sep-06 1st $223,150
NBC National Heads Up Championship Mar-07 2nd $250,000
2007 WSOP* $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Jun-07 5th $43,606
2007 WSOP* $5,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Jul-07 2nd $342,777
2009 WSOP* $10,000 Limit Hold’em Jun-09 3rd $188,855
Wynn Classic $2,000 No Limit Hold’em Mar-11 1st $73,088

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