Poker Pro Brad Booth Safe According to Family Members

Last month, we wrote an article about Canadian poker player Brad Booth. He had been missing for more than one month from his then-residence in Reno, Nevada, and there was a significant effort to find him.

Today, slightly more than two months after his roommate last saw him, we can report that “Yukon Brad” is alive and safe, according to a message from his family.

Positive Message

They simply identify themselves as “Brad’s family” to maintain privacy. And they sent a message to the poker community – and all friends and those who helped search for their family member – via social media on Wednesday evening, September 16.

“We want to thank you for your concern and support in trying to locate our family member Brad Booth who we have been unable to locate since July 13, 2020.

“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.

“Again, we cannot thank you enough for your support and well wishes in locating him. Please note – we do not have any further information at this time.

“2020 has been a challenging year for everyone; let’s home it turns around soon.”

Messages of Relief

The thread on the Two Plus Two forum dedicated to Booth after he went missing reappeared on Wednesday night with the above message from his family. It didn’t take long for the positive posts to follow:

  • “Yukon is alive and okay thank god.” – PapaPackerPoker
  • “Good to hear!” – Key Guy
  • “Pretty awesome…what a roller coaster” – 88kkeyz
  • “Great news, and I hope Brad can now see how much love there is for him in the poker world.” – SootedPowa
  • “Happiest news of 2020 so far. Glad you’re alive Brad!” – Koko the monkey

Booth’s sister posted the message noting his safety on a Facebook page entitled “Let’s Find BRAD BOOTH.” The page, consisting of more than 685 members, consisted of everyone from the poker community to friends from his childhood to the present day. The responses on that post were filled with relief:

  • “So happy to hear this! Be well Brad, so many love you.”
  • “This is the best news!!!!”
  • “That’s great news! Sending all of his family much love.”
  • “YES!! This is the best news this year! So happy to know Brad is well and I hope he knows how much he is loved and how many people care about him. Love ya bud!”

Extensive Efforts

Many people choose to “disappear” for a little while. Some people do it for a few hours, others a few days. Booth had done it before, just walked away from his regular life for a bit to gather his thoughts and make some decisions.

This time was different. Booth’s family noted that days turned to weeks, and the lack of any contact whatsoever was scary. They contacted the Reno Police Department in an attempt to track Booth from his last known location at the Grand Sierra Resort. The authorities found few leads and placed him on the official United States database called the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, or NamUs.

A flyer and various posts about Booth’s disappearance spread across the internet, but concern grew as the calendar changed over to September. And September 13 marked two months since anyone had seen or heard from him.

Days later, though, Booth’s family found out that he was alive and safe.

Details are sparse, but this will be something that Booth will work through with family and close friends. And when he is ready, he may address the poker community, too.

Until then, Booth should know that the poker community showed widespread support for him and shared his flyer far and wide. And the plethora of social media comments in the 24 hours since his family declared him safe showed the level of concern-turned-relief from thousands of people.

For now, we’ll leave you with a classic interview video of Booth at a World Poker Tour event in Las Vegas in 2008.


Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell has been writing about poker and gambling since 2004. From her days in the WPT offices to covering summers of WSOP tournament action, she also followed gambling legislation to Washington D.C. and women-only poker to the Bahamas. Meanwhile, she lived in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for many years before moving back to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Now, Jen travels less, writing about poker and online gambling from her home with her two dogs watching her every move. In her spare time, she follows politics, works on her never-finished novels, and learns Italian in the hopes of retiring to Italy someday.

If you want to know more, you can follow Jen on Twitter @WriterJen


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