Doyle Brunson - Legend of Poker

Doyle Brunson
Meet The Poker Legend

In fact Doyle Brunson we can say that is a living legend. One of the best poker players in the world from the past, from the present and surely from much time from now from the future. There is no other poker player with so much influence for the history of this amazing game. Doyle was there when poker game born!

Doyle Brunson was born on 10 August 1933 in Longworth, Texas. First loved game of Brunson was basketball. His dream was at that time to become a professional basketball player but a serious injury keep him away from this wish. After he has earned his bachelor degree in 1954 and a master degree one year later he decided to play poker ( instead of basketball because of the injury).

Concomitant with the poker life he decided to work as a business machine salesman. In several days he won from poker more money that he would have earned in a month from his job. So Doyle decided to leave his job to become a professional poker player. And what a valuable decision for him! Several years later become two years in a row the winner of the World Series of Poker editions from 1976 and 1977.

But let’s see how was the beginning… Brunson started to play illegal games with his best friend Dwayne Hamilton. Many times they have played against member of organized crimes from Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. They were playing in bigger games with lot of cashes. Is the period when Brunson and Hamilton meet another professional poker players from that time Amarillo Slim and Sailor Roberts. Brunson says that he and his friends were many times threatened with gun, beaten and robbed by member of organized crime. Hamilton decided to leave this group and move back to his hometown. Brunson, Amarillo and Sailor continue to live the danger live and after six years they made their first trip to Las Vegas. It wasn’t a good idea because they lost all his money. After this adventure they stop playing like partners but remained friends.

Doyle Brunson win WSOP 76

Doyle Brunson on the WSOP 1976 final table - he was the winner

But that first trip to Las Vegas emphasized Doyle's desire to become the best poker player in the world. And he listen to his heart an in 1970 was invited to the inaugural edition of the World Series of Poker. It was the beginning of a journey full of successes, world champion titles, tens of gold bracelets at WSOP events and admiration of an entire world. Doyle Brunson was the first poker player who won first million dollars from poker games. As a prove of his poker abilities, after he won WSOP titles in 1976 and 1977 he decided to write a book with all his secrets. And he wrote the “Super System” a complete guide to Texas Hold’em Poker and other variants of poker games. His book transformed many regular poker players in professional poker players. His book is considered by many “the bible of poker”. Doyle Brunson other books: "How I made one million dollars playing poker" and “Poker Wisdom of a Champion”.

Doyle Texas Dolly

Doyle "Texas Dolly" Brunson - was, is and will be part of the history of poker

As a curiosity Doyle Brunson has won the WSOP titles in 1976 and 1977 with the same cards ten and deuce. This cards remains in the poker history like the Doyle hand. WSOP 2013 was the last Main Event where Doyle Brunson played and he did very well. He placed 408th an honorable place for his age. He is still playing poker on his 83 ages but only on high stakes tables with no more than one hundred of players. At one time he exclaimed “Hours are just too damn long”.

We congratulate this magnificent poker player and we are happy to be contemporary with him.

Story inspired from Wikipedia. Many thanks!