The Poker World Weeps Death Of Doyle Brunson

The news that one of the true poker legends, the man who essentially taught the world how to play Texas Hold'em and whose name was synonymous with the sport of poker, had died away shook the poker community late on Sunday night. Doyle Brunson, a two-time World Champion and ten-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, quietly died away on Sunday night. "Texas Dolly" was 89 years old when she passed away without a known cause of death.

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Doyle Brunson, who had a career spanning nearly seven decades and was recognized as the most illustrious card player in poker history, has died. The 89-year-old member of the poker hall of Fame.
Todd Brunson, who was by his father's side at a hospital in Las Vegas, confirmed that Brunson had passed away.

“Yes, I’m sorry. It’s true. RIP Doyle.” Todd Brunson wrote. “Thank you all for your concern, but I need to ask for everyone to respect my family’s privacy at this point.”

“It is with a heavy heart we announce the passing of our father, Doyle Brunson,” the Brunson family added “He was a beloved Christian man, husband, father, and grandfather. We’ll have more to say over the coming days as we honor his legacy. Please keep Doyle and our family in your prayers. May he rest in peace.”

The Godfather of Poker, Brunson, was born in Longworth, Texas, on August 10, 1933. He was a standout athlete who excelled in basketball, track, and field. In fact, the NBA's Minneapolis Lakers were interested in signing him until a terrible workplace accident put a stop to his playing days.

He first focused on becoming a teacher but soon learned that playing poker would allow him to set his own hours and earn much more money.

Brunson finally made a home in Las Vegas after spending years traveling with "Amarillo" Slim and "Sailor" Roberts and participating in risky, illegal games that were frequently arranged by members of organized crime.

He was present when the 1970 World Series of Poker began and went on to win an astonishing ten gold bracelets, which ties him with Johnny Chan and Phil Ivey for second place all-time, only behind Phil Hellmuth's 16 victories. During his career, he was successful in back-to-back main events, winning both in 1976 and 1977 with scores of 10-2.

Brunson played poker till he passed away, despite his advanced age. He declared a few years back that he intended to continue playing "as long as I can get to the table."

He acknowledged that he no longer had the endurance for tournaments and didn't want to be apart from his wife for an extended period of time, but he continued to frequently participate in cash games, including PokerGO's High Stakes Poker show. He signed on to serve as a brand ambassador for the World Poker Tour beginning in the summer of 2022.

Brunson leaves behind his children Todd and Pamela as well as his wife Louise, whom he wed in 1962.