Missing since mid-July, it was looking increasingly unlikely that there would be a happy ending to the search for poker player Brad Booth. But that is just what happened when it was confirmed over the last couple days that the poker player had been found and according to a statement released by his family through writer Jennifer Newell is “alive and well.”

There was no further information given by his family, but most importantly for his family, friends and poker community is that he is safe. Here is the statement released to Newell on September 16th:

What happened?

Booth had last been seen on July 13th leaving a Reno casino alone, driving a Toyota Tacoma. Known to occasionally seek anonymity, he had told friends that he was going camping. He reportedly only had minimal supplies with him. When his absensce turned from days into weeks, family and friends began to be concerned, with Booth’s family filing a police report and reaching out to the poker community for assitance.

During the last few weeks, there had been few developments released to the public with many worrying that the longer he was missing, the more bleak the situation looked. Fortunately, Booth’s family provided the highly-welcomed update on Wednesday.

Brad Booth highlights

Born in Canada, Booth burst onto the poker scene over a decade ago as a successful high stakes No Limit Hold’em player. A popular Full Tilt Poker pro, his appearances on High Stakes Poker and Poker After Dark made him a familiar face during the time period.

Booth has also accumulated $795,429 in live tournament wins according to The Hendon Mob, although his last reported cashes are from 2012 and 2013. The biggest win of his career came during a third place finish in the 2006 $10,000 buy-in WPT Championship Event at Mandalay Bay.

Reaction to the news

Many in the poker community were pleased to hear that Booth was alive, including at the TwoPlusTwo poker forum, where there was an ongoing thread about status updates pertaining to the status and search for Booth. At the time the thread was started, he had already been missing for a month and a half.

Despite the collective sigh of relief from the poker community, there was a vocal minority who questioned his motives to spend extended time alone without informing others he was ok, leaving some important questions unanswered.

However, as Newell said in a follow-up tweet after the statement, finding Booth was the “best possible outcome.”

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