One of the most legendary American poker players who played poker professionally for over 50 years, Doyle Brunson, has passed away at the age of 89.
Poker fans are devastated by the news, with some taking to social media to express their grief.
The greatest of all time won the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event twice, in 1976 and 1977, and was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1988.
Brunson’s contributions to the game extend beyond his impressive playing career.
He authored several influential books on poker, including “Super/System” (also known as The “Bible of Poker”), which is considered a classic of the genre.
He was the first player to win $1 million in tournament earnings, achieving this milestone in 1978.
Over the course of his career, he won an impressive ten WSOP bracelets, tied with Johnny Chan and Phil Ivey for second place all-time, behind only Phil Hellmuth’s sixteen bracelets.
Obituary: Doyle Family Announces His Death
Passing this on:
“It is with a heavy heart we announce the passing of our father, Doyle Brunson. 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…
— Brian Balsbaugh (@Balsbaugh) May 15, 2023
A Brief On Doyle
In 1959, Brunson met the love of his life, Louise, and they married in August 1962.
Shortly after their wedding, Louise became pregnant with their first child. Later that year, doctors diagnosed Brunson with a cancerous tumor in his neck.
Despite the grim prognosis, Brunson underwent surgery to remove the tumor, with doctors hoping it would give him enough time to see his child’s birth.
After the operation, the doctors found no traces of cancer in his body, indicating that the surgery was a success.
Doyle F. Brunson was born on August 10, 1933, in Longworth, Fisher County, Texas, as one of three siblings.
He had a natural talent for sports and was even part of the All-State Texas basketball team during his high school years.
Brunson continued his athletic pursuits in college. He won the one-mile event at the 1950 Texas Interscholastic Track Meet with a time of 4:43.
Despite receiving offers from several colleges, he ultimately decided to attend Hardin–Simmons University in Abilene, Texas.
Brunson’s athletic success caught the attention of the Minneapolis Lakers of the NBA, who expressed interest in recruiting him.
However, a knee injury that he sustained dashed his dreams of becoming a professional basketball player.