WSOP Regular Bob “Big Tex” Talbot Has Died

By Ben Hamill - July 17 2020

WSOP Regular Bob “Big Tex” Talbot Has Died

World Series of Poker regular and cash-games enthusiast Bob “Big Tex” Talbot has died aged 73. The Granbury resident passed on July 9; his family confirmed.

Born November 3, 1946, Big Tex Talbot had throughout his Poker career managed to accumulate $105,896 in live tournament winnings. His career best win of $42,896 came to pass when in 2010 he placed third in that year’s World Series of Poker Circuit IP Biloxi $1,600 Main Event. All in all, Talbot had managed to ace a total of 14 World Series of Poker circuit cashes. From these, he won $74,314 in total winnings.

Before Talbot got going on the tournament’s scene in 2010, he focused mainly on cash games only. He would later describe picking up on tournaments as the best thing that could possibly have happened to him – not only as a Poker player, but also as a person. He made many good friends playing Poker tournaments.

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He Had A Passion For Poker

Talbot will be remembered not only for his successes on the felt, but perhaps even more prominently so for his dedication to and passion for the game itself. He not only played Poker, but also helped promote the game in the US states all throughout the South. He was an avid supporter of the game, and not ashamed to preach his passion for it.

He appreciated the value of playing tournaments for the opportunity not only to win money, but even more so, for that of making new friends and memories. He would often write about new friendships forged and memories made on his website,

All who knew Talbot appreciated his love and passion for Poker. Several of his friends and fellow players have since his passing paid tribute to the big-hearted player on social media, including former WSOP tournament director Jimmy Sommerfeld.

Fond Memories Of Talbot

Sommerfeld wrote on social media about the first time he got to meet the Texan, which happened to be at a tournament played in Tunica. He remembers how, after he (Sommerfeld) had helped set up the final table on a huge stage, Talbot had wanted to know from him how he (Talbot) was supposed to get “up there” once he made it to the final table. To which Sommerfeld had jokingly replied that he did not think it necessary for Talbot to worry about reaching the final table – in both senses of the word. This conversation, says Sommerfeld, was what had broken the ice between the two friends.

Many others had stories and memories about Talbot too, including Poker photographer Eric Harkins, who posted on social media that Bob Talbot had seemed nothing short of invincible to him.

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