Doyle Brunson – the Poker World’s Living Legend

Posted by Dan in Poker Players on October 16, 2008

Doyle Brunson or better known as “Texas Dolly” was titled as the Poker World’s living legend.

Doyle Brunson

Doyle Brunson

The World Series of Poker could never be imagined without Brunson playing on it.  To date, he had won 10 bracelets for the WSOP and still fighting for his 11th.  In 1976, Brunson had won his first bracelet and his 10th in 2005.  His journey in life could make a great movie.  Brunson would tell about how he had risked his life just to be a poker player.  He had played against all odds and opposed with the best.  Everybody in the world of poker respects Doyle Brunson knowing for a fact that he indeed is one of the best poker players around.

Doyle Brunson had contributed much in the Poker world.  One of which is the Super System of better known as the “poker bible”.  The book was written by Brunson himself.  Super System had taught amateur players so much.  It made them better players in their early years.

He had been considered to the best player for all around poker.  Brunson had won bracelets for Deuce to Seven Draw, No Limit Holdem, Razz, 7 card stud and Horse.  He was also known as a Texas Hold’em Player.  Out of the 10 bracelets he had won, four of them were from No Limit Holdem.  The biggest cash he had won was $350,000.  That was when he won the bracelet for Shorthanded No Limit Holdem.  In 1976, Brunson won $230,000 and a bracelet for the Main Event.

In 1976 and 1977, Doyle Brunson had won the Main Event back to back with 10 and 2 hole cards.  10, 2 were the worst cards in Pokerbut he has managed to beat Jesse Alto in 1976 and Gary Berland in 1977.  The cards had been named after him.  In 1970, Doyle has already won six bracelets and in 1991 he won his seventh.  The Razz tournament had been dominated by Brunson in 1998 and in 2003 the Horse event.  The tenth bracelet of “Texas Dolly” was from the Shorthanded event in 2005.

Doyle Brunson was married to Louise in 1963.  Doyle and Louis had three children.  Todd, one of his children followed his father’s footsteps and eventually became a professional in the world of poker.  Todd and Doyle as a team won World Series of Poker bracelets.  Pamela, Brunson’s daughter managed her way to success in poker in the 2007 series.  Doyla, one of Brunson’s daughters, passed away at an early age of 18.

Brunson has had his share of obstacles in life.  He had been diagnosed with cancer in the early 1960’s and doctors said it was incurable.  He undergone an operation and a miracle happened.  After the operation, no cancer could be found.  As such, Doyle Brunson turned to religion to overcome such tiring times.

To date, Doyle Brunson could still be seen in tournaments in Vegas.  Every year, he sees to it that he plays in both Europe and Las Vegas.  Figures show that he has made more than $2,800,000 in his poker career.  The chase for the 11th bracelet still continues for Brunson.

The game of poker had been revolutionized by Doyle Brunson.  “Texas Dolly” was tagged as the face of poker.  It was like Babe Ruth to baseball, as Doyle Brunson to poker.  Do take time out to watch Brunson play the game, you are assured of ultimate experience and end up with lessons learned.  If possible, you could even play against him and you are sure you would get the hack of it.

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