According to his agent Brian Balsbaugh, Doyle Brunson, a 10-time World Series of Poker champion who contributed to the game’s growth, passed away on Sunday. He was 89.
Texas Dolly, sometimes known as Brunson, was a titan of the poker world who contributed to the game’s mainstream acceptance. Between 1976 and 2005, he won 10 World Series of Poker bracelets, including consecutive victories in the $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event in 1976 and 1977.
He published “Super System” in 1979, one of the first books to explore poker strategy, and it had a significant influence that encouraged many people to take up the game.
As a world-class player who rose to fame in the 1970s, Brunson had a significant impact on poker, which helped the game soar during the 2003 TV boom and beyond. He turned his early WSOP victories into author success in 1978 with the publication of the strategy book “Super System.”
The 600+ page book was revolutionary since it was among the first to offer anyone who was ready to study it in-depth poker insights from a professional. In 2005, Brunson released a sequel titled “Super System 2”.
Since then, poker has developed into a game of advanced analytics, with top professionals using powerful computer solvers to improve their games. The knowledge in “Super System” may be out of date, but its significance in poker history will never fade.
Doyle was a gifted basketball player in the 1950s at 토토사이트 Hardin-Simmons, where he was a star on the court before turning pro. The aspiring NBA player had a chance to become a poker legend, but a knee injury ended those hopes. Instead, he chose a poker career path that was highly successful.
Todd Brunson, Brunson’s son, was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2016. Despite spending the most of his adult life in Las Vegas, the elder Brunson was born in Longworth, Texas, a little town PokerNews visited on its Texas Week road trip the previous year.
The little home Doyle and his siblings grew up in was made possible by their father’s job at the Planters Gin Co. He described his father as “The calmest, most even-tempered individual I’ve ever been exposed to,” and judging by Doyle’s later poker successes, his calm disposition must have been acquired from his father.
Following the news of Brunson’s passing, condolences from some of poker’s most well-known and influential figures spread fast on social media.
“It is with a heavy heart we announce the passing of our father, Doyle Brunson,” the statement read. “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.”
“Sad day,” tweeted Poker Hall of Famer Erik Seidel. “We’ve lost the most iconic player in poker’s history, his legacy will live on forever. I’ve 사설토토 been so inspired by his passion & his ability to play at such a high level well into his 80’s. It’s the end of an era.”
Because of his legendary status, Doyle not only earned the nicknames “Godfather of Poker” and “Texas Dolly,” but also had a poker hand named after him. Brunson used the ten-deuce to win back-to-back WSOP Main Event titles, earning it the nickname “The Doyle” or “The Dolly”.