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Two-Time WSOP Bracelet Winner Howard “Tahoe” Andrew Passes Away Aged 86

Howard Andrew Passes Away
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  • Attreyee K. Ganguly January 14, 2021
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Days after news of multibillionaire Sheldon G. Adelson’s passing came through, the poker community was dealt another blow with the death of two-time WSOP bracelet winner Howard “Tahoe” Andrew, who passed away at the age of 86.

Howard Andrew


Andrew is best known for his success at the 1976 World Series of Poker (WSOP). He has participated in the WSOP Main Event each year since 1974, the longest such streak for any player.


Early Life

Born in 1934, Andrew had earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in math from San Francisco State University. After graduating, Andrew turned to the business world. Later, he married, had four daughters, and eventually eight grandchildren.


Poker Journey

Andrew started playing poker at the age of 21. In 1976, he won both The Horseshoe’s Businessmen’s and Preliminary Hold ’em tournaments, earning himself two bracelets in consecutive days. The 1978 WSOP Media Guide called him “one of the World Series of Poker’s most formidable non-pros.” They went on to say, “If an award were given out to the player who shoved all his chips to the center of the pot most often, he’d probably win it.”

At the time of his passing, Andrew had $1,505,089 in total live earnings, which included $324,610 in WSOP cashes.


Poker Legacy

Andrew got his nickname, “Tahoe,” for honing his poker skills while living in Lake Tahoe for 10 years. Apart from Doyle Brunson, Andrew was among the very few poker veterans who have enjoyed a long career in poker spanning over six decades.

A gentleman at the poker table, Andrew had touched the lives of thousands of poker players and dealers over the years. His death resulted in an outpouring of grief from the poker fraternity.

Andrew’s six-decade-long poker career was an immense contribution to the mind sport. His presence will be always be felt. RIP Tahoe.

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