The disappearance of Brad Booth made plenty of headlines in August. However, family and friends announced last week that the longtime poker pro had been contacted and was alive.
“Effective today, September 16th, we have confirmation that Brad is alive and well, but has been taking some time to himself as anticipated and hoped by many,” the family posted on a Facebook group dedicated to finding Booth.
“Again, we cannot thank you enough for your support and well wishes in locating him.”
Location still remains unclear
Many poker players and fans expressed positivity at the news that Booth has been found. However, his location remains a mystery and many were curious as to why he disappeared for almost two months.
“We really don’t have any information at this time – just that Brad is alive and off the grid for a bit,” his sister Jackie Martic told USPoker.
The 44-year-old hadn’t been seen since July 13 and the announcement of his disappearance was first made public in early August. He was last seen leaving the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada, telling his roommate he was going camping.
However, Booth took a minimal number of items with him, which would only last him a few days. That prompted concern among family and friends, who took to social media to ask for help in locating him.
The family has now received news that Booth is okay, but the circumstances of his disappearance remain unclear.
Searching for Booth, players enlisted to help via social media
After a missing person’s report was filed, searches were conducted around the Reno/Lake Tahoe area. Many in the poker community followed the news and sent well wishes.
Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Booth was a regular on televised poker shows like High Stakes Poker and Poker After Dark in the 2000s. He also has almost $800,000 in live tournament winnings and at one time Booth was even a Full Tilt Poker pro.
Booth’s biggest tournament score came in 2006 when he finished third in the $10,300 World Poker Tour Mandalay Bay Championship for $319,000.
Booth spent some time in Canada’s Yukon Territory, which gave him the nickname “Yukon.” That inspired his Twitter handle, @YukonBrad. That account is private and Tweets are unavailable.
Despite the mystery surrounding the incident, friends and family are simply happy he’s alive.
Glad to hear "yukon" Brad booth is alive and well ! This guys a living legend who bluffed phil Ivey with a 250,000 $ bet and nothing but air !
— CoddzWorld (@CoddzW) September 17, 2020