Longtime poker fixture Howard “Tahoe” Andrew has passed away at the age of 86. The two-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner has been a presence on the tournament scene across six decades, with his first recorded score coming at the 1976 WSOP. That year he won two events to secure his two bracelets and earn the reputation as “one of the World Series of Poker’s most formidable non-pros, an industrial engineer with a daredevil reputation,” according to the 1978 WSOP media guide.
He defeated a field of 56 entries to win his first bracelet in a $1,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em event for $28,000, and then beat out Dewey Tomko heads-up in the $2,500 buy-in ‘non-pro’ event the following day to secure back-to-back victories in the first two tournaments of the 7th Annual WSOP.
Andrew further etched his name in the poker history books through a feat of longevity, playing in each and every WSOP $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event from 1974-2018 to set the record for consecutive participation at 45 years. His best showing in the big dance was an eighth-place finish in 1984 for $26,400.
Howard cashed 51 times in WSOP events, with more than 200 other tournament scores also on his resume totaling seven figures in earnings. His biggest poker payday came in the 1987 Grand Prix of Poker $10,000 main event. He finished second in the event for $250,000 at a stacked final table that included the likes of three-time bracelet winner Jack Keller, two-time bracelet winner Thor Hansen, and Poker Hall of Famer Eric Drache.
News of Andrew’s passing resulted in many prominent poker figures sharing their condolences for his family and stories and photos from his time at the tables.
RIP Howard “Tahoe” Andrew. You were an asset to the poker industry. I enjoyed competing against you over the years. I enjoyed traveling the world with you on many cruises. I am proud to call you my friend and I will miss you.
— Linda Johnson (@FirstLadyPoker) January 13, 2021
Ladies, Gentlemen and poker players alike … raise your glass in a toast to the memory of one of the game’s great gentlemen
Howard Andrew … Tahoe … you are already missed, my friend pic.twitter.com/8UTzM4EFd8
— Dan Ross (@HoldemMedia_Dan) January 14, 2021
He still called me kid and young whipper snapper. Lol. Always happy. Just a beacon of positivity. 2014 pic.twitter.com/uiNzGE5P4f
— Todd Brunson (@ToddBrunson) January 13, 2021
Longtime WSOP commentator Lon McEachern also commented on Andrew’s passing, saying, ” This makes me sad. Played with him so many times and always a wonderful demeanor and caretaker of a great deal of poker history while making it himself. I will miss you Tahoe.”