Poker Legend – Doyle Brunson

  • Birthdate: August 10, 1933
  • Birthplace: Longworth, Texas
  • Resides: Pacific Palisades, California
  • Nickname: Texas Dolly

Poker legend Doyle Brunson began his life affair with the game as the leader of a group of touring poker sharks, the Texas Rounders, which included Amarillo Slim and Brunson’s friend, Dwayne Hamilton. They played in illegal high-stakes games across the state, before Brunson became a high-stakes poker player in the hotels and casinos of Las Vegas.

Brunson has the distinction of having TWO Texas Hold’em hands named after him:

  • No-Limit Hold’em events at the 1976 and 77 World Series of Poker championships with this hand. Both times this completed a Full House with Brunson coming from behind to win.
  • An Ace and Queen of any suit is also named after the poker legend, as he claims to try never to play this hand. He has, however, been seen to play the hand on various occasions.

World Series of Poker

Doyle Brunson has won 10 World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets, tied with Johnny Chan and second only to Phil Hellmuth (11) on the all-time WSOP bracelet winners list.

He won his (at the time) record 10th bracelet in 2005, at the age of 72.

Brunson’s son Todd also became a professional poker player when he was 20, although he only learnt the game at college. In 2005 Todd won his first WSOP bracelet, making the Brunsons the first father-son combination to both win bracelets at the World Series.

Brunson’s total World Series of Poker earnings come to over $2.6 million.

Did You Know?

  • Brunson was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1988 at the age of 54, joining a host of other poker legends
  • In 1962 Brunson was diagnosed with cancer and given three months to live. He is still winning poker tournaments four decades later
  • His book, Super/System, originally published in 1978, is regarded as the Poker Bible and offered ordinary people an insight into the tactics employed by professionals. Super/System 2 was published in 2004
  • In 2006 BLUFF magazine voted Brunson the most influential force in poker, beating out the likes of the World Poker Tour and ESPN.