Big Friendly Poker Media Guy Passes

by , Mar 5, 2008 | 2:41 pm

Barron Vangor Toth - Courtesy of

Barron Vangor Toth (right) with his Gutshot photog friend Jen B at the WSOP.

Barron Vangor Toth died last week, reportedly of cancer. He was an intelligent poster on 2+2 who would later go on to make his presence known around the WSOP writing for Gutshot … respected for his ability to capture the underlying excitement of limit hold’em and math in action. He was also the Connecticut state director for the Poker Players Alliance.

Prior to poker, Barron ran a shop selling comics and Magic the Gathering supplies … and from there became a game designer — most notably the co-creator of WWE Raw Deal (basically professional wrestling-meets-Magic) — which grew for seven years before being discontinued at the end of 2007. At the time of his death, he was site director for PlanetWWE.

Barron wrote a little about his health struggles here. He was 34.

Sincere regards.

6 Comments to “Big Friendly Poker Media Guy Passes”

  1. California Jen

    Boo. 🙁

    I didn’t know him well, but he seemed to be one of the nicest guys at the 2007 WSOP.

    Rest in peace.

  2. snake

    RIP Barron…perhaps my favorite person to run into every summer at the WSOP.

  3. Benjo

    So fucking sad… I didn’t know Barron prior to the 2007 WSOP, but we ended spending a lot of time together with the Gutshot Team. One of the nicest guys I met in the business. I’ll remember a bright and talented person, very alert and funny at all times, with a great way of juggling with words.

  4. Frank Frisina

    My condolences to his friends and family. He will be missed.

  5. steve hall

    Wow. This is a shock.IMO the most talented writer in the media room
    (OK I cannot read pokernews in Dutch). I don’t know his poker background
    but he focused on some of the less obvious players and found an interesting
    . I would read his live blog updates with my morning coffee.

    A sad time for the Gutshot crew.

  6. Pauly

    Wow, very sad day indeed. RIP Barron.