Poker World remembers Bobby “The Wizard” Hoff

by Jeremy Olson

1979 WSOP Main Event runner-up Bobby Hoff passed away earlier this week. The 73-year-old was still going strong at the California poker tables and had recovered from a stroke he suffered three years prior.

Many people remember Hoff as a skilled cash player who could compete with the world’s best, even well into his 70′s. The Texas native is also well known for losing to Hal Fowler in the 1979 WSOP on a terrible bad beat. Hoff held pocket aces and kept raising, while Fowler kept making mathematically incorrect calls with 7-6. Eventually, Fowler completed his gutshot straight draw on the turn and went on to win the hand.

During his time on the felt, Hoff impressed fellow players with his skills and earned friends along the way. This being said, it’s no wonder why many pros reached out with sentiments for the late poker legend. Here’s a look at a few of the tweets from the poker community:

Erik Seidel
“So sad to hear about Bobby Hoff. He was a true NL artist + always such a pleasure to see at + away from the tables. #RIPwizard”

Phil Hellmuth
“Well said: RIP Bobby RT @Erik_Seidel Sad to hear about Bobby Hoff. He was a true NL artist + a pleasure to C at + away from table #RIPwizard”

Doyle Brunson
“RIP Bobby “The Wizard” Hoff. He was called the Wizard because he could make giant stacks of black chips dissapear.#atruefriend”

Mike Sexton
“RIP Bobby Hoff = poker legend. He took several bad beats playing heads-up in 1979 WSOP main losing to 1st amateur to win it – Hal Fowler.”