Doyle Brunson, the Godfather of Poker and ten-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) died at the age of 89. Though he was definitely known for his prowess at the poker table, Brunson was also a warm personality who was widely loved both in, and out of, the gambling world.
A list of Brunson’s achievements would take a space as long as his seminal poker book Supersystem, but a few highlights include those ten WSOP bracelets, $6 million in tournament winnings, a spot in the Poker Hall of Fame, and 26 appearances at the WSOP final table. To say that Brunson was merely the most influential poker player of all time is something of an understatement.
The Texas-born Brunson was a colorful figure who was rarely seen without a cowboy, or a smile. His fame spanned seven decades and included appearances at nearly every WSOP since its inception in 1970. Bruson’s elimination at the WSOP became an event of its own as players and fans would offer a standing ovation as a sign of respect for the poker legend.
Born in Longworth, Texas in 1933, Brunson was a man who could always move with the times. Besides his prowess on the poker table, Brunson was a well-loved figure on Twitter, where his wisdom and wit were a bit hit. His last Tweets at the end of April include pictures of family, pets, and an odd challenge suggesting that no one could domestic quail for twenty straight days.
Bruson is survived by his wife and two children. His impact on the gaming world is immeasurable but he will certainly live on poker legend and lore for ages.