What began as a series of cash games in 1970 at the Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas, soon grew into one of the world’s biggest poker games. Yes, we’re talking about the World Series of Poker (WSOP). This poker series has given birth to many of poker’s biggest names and continues to be the epi-center of poker activity every summer.
While many notable names have graced the poker felts of WSOP, there is one name that will always be associated with this prestigious series—Doyle F. Brunson. This American poker player has over 50 years of poker experience during which he took down two WSOP Main Event titles, a feat only a handful have managed to achieve.
With 10 WSOP bracelets under his belt, it’s not hard to see why he has earned himself the title ‘Godfather of Poker.’ Brunson’s exploits in the poker industry are known across boundaries and he continues to inspire generations of poker players till date. Though the game has gone through a lot of changes over the years, Brunson remains dedicated to it even at 88 years of age.
Apart from his list of WSOP victories, the poker legend also won the $5,000 Chinese Poker – World Championship in December 1994, the $5,000 + 150 No Limit Hold’em Championship Final Day – World Poker Tour (WPT) in August 2004, and the $20,000 Week 4 – World Series Legends title in season II of the hit poker show Poker After Dark in June 2007. Brunson has also authored multiple poker books like According to Doyle, Godfather of Poker, among others. His book Poker Super Systems is considered to be one of the most authoritative books written on the subject.
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Brunson was always fond of poker and was already familiar with poker variants like five-card draw and seven-card stud way before he became a professional poker player. Once he became a pro, Brunson was unstoppable, playing poker anywhere he could. Eventually he settled in Las Vegas and was a regular player on WSOP when it first started in 1970. After making it to a few WSOP final tables, he grabbed his first gold bracelet in 1976 when he won the $5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw for $80,250. It was also in this very WSOP that Brunson clinched his first WSOP Main Event win.
All the stats in this article are updated as of 27th Feb 2022!
The following year, Brunson repeated his success and clinched two WSOP bracelets one of which was his second Main Event title. Just a glance at his list of WSOP bracelets, you will know that Brunson is an all-rounder with an expert knowledge in many poker variants. ‘Texas Dolly’ as he is popularly known became one of the only handful of people to win the WSOP Main Event twice. He even won his second ME title with the same hand (10-2) which is why the cards, 10-2 are famously known as the ‘Doyle Brunson Hand.’ Imagine being so good at poker, you get a hand named after you!
So far, the poker legend has made $6,176,737 in total live earnings and is ranked 203rd on the all-time money list (Hendon Mob). Brunson’s best live cash was $1,198,260 which he won at the 2004 WPT Legends of Poker. After decades of success in his poker career, Brunson decided to retire from his professional career at 84 in June 2018. However, Brunson didn’t completely say goodbye to poker as he still plays poker when he can. He even played a couple of poker tournaments in the 2021 WSOP.
During his long career as a professional poker player, Doyle Brunson has certainly inspired many players with his grit and passion for the game. While he may not be as active as before, it is clear that his legacy will continue to live on. For more news and updates, keep reading Gutshot Magazine. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Telegram.
Donna Amo was a writer at Gutshot Magazine. She is a graduate from Sophia College of Women, Mumbai with a degree in English Literature. When this October born foodie is not writing content or poetry, she spends her time laughing at memes or watching series. Based out of Mizoram, she is drawn to all things nature and has a soft spot for puppies.
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