Following several near misses of a WSOP title throughout a prolific poker career that began more than two decades ago, Chad Brown was awarded an honorary WSOP bracelet on Saturday.
A ceremony conducted by WSOP tournament director Jack Effel bestowed on Brown the coveted jewelry for his contributions to poker throughout the years. Brown was unfortunately not in attendance to receive his award, having been stricken with liposarcoma several years ago.
The rare form of cancer has kept Brown away from the poker action that he loves as he currently is undergoing hospice care for his illness. Though his appearance at live tournaments has been lacking due to being ill, Brown has been missed and has not been forgotten by the poker community.
Citing the strong likelihood that Brown would have eventually captured a WSOP tournament victory had his health not been an issue, Effel announced that an honorary WSOP bracelet is well-deserved for the likeable pro who is both admired and well-respected by his peers. This marks the first time in history that the WSOP has given such an award to a player.
Brown’s lifetime earnings eclipsed $3.5 million and included his biggest cash of almost $325,000 for a runner-up finish at the 2007 WSOP in $5,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Draw. That was one of three second place finishes in WSOP events for Brown during his career, as the affable pro continued knocking on the door of a title.
The Hendon Mob database lists over 100 cashes at live poker tourneys for Brown in more than 20 years of play. Over half a dozen were first place victories, but the championship finishes were in events outside of those sponsored by the WSOP.
A Team PokerStars Pro, Brown posted a health update via the PokerStars blog last February. He held nothing back in sharing his situation with those concerned about his well-being, taking time to count his blessings instead of falling into self-pity.
Congratulations to Chad Brown on receiving an honorary gold bracelet from the WSOP!