Poker Player Jack Ury Passes Away

Jack UrySadly poker enthusiast Jack Ury has passsed away at his home in Terra Haute, Indiana. Jack participated at the 2010 World Series of Poker to become the oldest player to ever compete at the series, at 97 years old, and will be sadly missed.

Jack was born on 22nd March 1913 in Terra Haute. He was a veteran of the U.S Navy in World War II and was also a postal worker for the United States Postal Service before he retired in 1978. He was married for 68 years to wife Elizabeth who passed away in 2008 and they had four daughters together.

In his four World Series of Poker Main Event appearances he always managed to make it into Day 2, however he never managed to make the money. Despite this he gained great respect from everyone associated with the game because he would play for up to 14 hours in one sitting while blind in one eye, limited vision in the other, completely deaf in one year, and often he would need his to give him help posting blinds and stacking his chips.

It will be one hand on Day 2 of the 2009 WSOP Main Event which will stick in the memory of most poker players as they remember Jack.

He was in a pot against Stephen Friedlander and on a flop of 766 he bet 1,000 chips only for Friedlander to move all-in, to which Jack called. Friedlander revealed 76 seemingly spelling the end of Jack’s 2009 WSOP, but Jack then said, ‘You’re in trouble,’ before flipping his cards over to amazingly reveal 77 for a better full-house to give him a double-up. Usually such a slowroll would make the other players angry however everyone, including Friedlander, applauded Jack and this moment will live on forever. Here is a video of the hand: would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Jack Ury’s family and friends