Comedian and Poker Player Norm MacDonald dead

Much to the surprise of many of his fans, comedian Norm MacDonald passed away suddenly this week after a nine-year battle with cancer. MacDonald, who was just 61, is perhaps best known for his role on Saturday Night Live, a large selection of movies, a one-of-a-kind stand-up comedy routine and frequent — and sometimes legendary — appearances on late-night talk shows.

But those in the poker community know MacDonald as an ally to those in the world of poker and a valued ambassador to the game. Throughout the last couple of decades, MacDonald parlayed his love of poker into a sort of adopted role in the world of poker.

Norm MacDonald made frequent appearances at celebrity poker events, charity poker events and other poker tournaments in Las Vegas and Los Angelos. In 2011, MacDonald co-hosted the 7th season of High Stakes Poker with Kara Scott.

He even has a Hendon Mob page, where he has accumulated 14 cashes from 2003 to 2019 for a total of $54,019. He frequently made appearances in the World Series of Poker, accumulating three cashes — once in 2007 and twice in 2019. His biggest victory during the WSOP was a 20th place finish in the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em for $14,608 in 2007.

To those that are unfamiliar with MacDonald’s poker chops, you should check out a video that PokerGo released last November which chronicled some of Norm MacDonald’s best poker moments:

The poker world reacts to the passing of Norm MacDonald

Since Norm MacDonald was one of us in the poker community, his death has led to an outpouring of tributes from poker personalities including Phil Hellmuth, Joe Stapleton and Jennifer Tilly.

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