RIP Rachel Kranz: 1955-2017August 30, 2017 12:14 pm
On August 28th, Rachel Kranz sadly passed away at the age of 62 after suffering from cancer. While Kranz was a well-known playwright and journalist, whose books include numerous bestsellers, she was also a much-loved member of the poker community who would often brighten up the table where she was seated through her natural charm and inquisitive nature.
Throughout her poker career, Kranz could often be seen on the East Coast, or in Las Vegas during the annual World Series of Poker, and all told she amassed $358,686 in live earnings. Kranz recorded her biggest score in 2014, having finished runner-up at the $1,100 Deepstack Extravaganza III for $113,073. However, her biggest accolade came in 2015 after winning the $1,650 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown for $44,863, having beaten David Rheem heads-up to claim the title. Post-tournament, Nolan Dalla asked the M.A. in literature from Columbia if she believed in the afterlife, to which she responded:
“I do probably because I would prefer not to get only the one chance, but also because I have, on occasion, spoken with ghosts.”
Following announcement of her passing, the poker community has been expressing its heart-felt condolences, with Cory Waaland writing:
“Very sad to hear Rachel Kranz passed. She was by far one of the most brilliant, kind & sincere ppl I’ve ever met and will be missed dearly.”
Likewise, Allen Kessler posted the following message:
“Rest in peace Rachel Kranz; a true friend and one of the kindest individuals I’ve encountered on the poker circuit.”
During an interview with Nolan Dalla, Rachel Kranz stated that she was taught the game of poker by Nick Brancato while attending a WPT Boot Camp. She was subsequently able to combine her love of writing with her new-found poker skills by publishing a blog entitled “Adventures in Poker” for the former Poker Pro Magazine.