While many were brooding this Sunday night, the death of Doyle Brunson was announced , triggering Many people left the poker table with a series of questions saying “thank you, bye, master”.
The godfather of poker, born on August 10, 1933, has been devoted to the fun of poker for over 60 years, but health issues kept him out of the game. His enthusiasm, since he had to reluctantly withdraw from the competitive arena in 2018. In 2021, however, he returned for the Super Senior and the World Series of Poker Main Event, where he fell short.
The official reason for his death was tweeted at press time with the following message: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father. Doyle Brunson,” Brian Balsbaugh Shared on behalf of the Brunson family. “He was a much loved Christian man, husband, father and grandfather. We will have more to say in the coming days as we honor his legacy. Praying for Doyle and our family. May Rest in peace.”
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“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our father Doyle Brunson .He was a much loved Christian man, husband, father and grandfather. We will have more to say in the coming days as we honor his legacy. Please keep Doyle and our family with you Of…
— Brian Balsbaugh (@Balsbaugh) May 15, 2023
A few minutes ago, Daniel Negreanu also had wrote another legend. “That will never happen. “Being another Doyle Brunson(…) who will be missed by many.”
It will again Nor will there be another Doyle Brunson
Doyle was by far @RadioAmanda’s favorite player
He will be missed by many, godfather of poker #RIPDoyle pic.twitter.com/Y88BsrDhhP
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) May 15, 2023
The legacy of Doyle Brunson.
Brunson is one of the most important players in history. He’s been there since the early days of poker in Las Vegas Until the last few months he lived in Sin City.
His career has been productive. He has won the World Series of Poker gold bracelet for four consecutive years, is a member of the Poker Hall of Fame, and is the author of several influential poker books. He authored Super System and Super System 2, which are still two of the most famous strategy books in history.
He has also been featured on several different sites facing poker, most recently as a World Poker Tour (WPT) Ambassador. In fact, they held a tournament for him a few weeks ago. He also recently inaugurated the room where WSOP 2023 will be held in a few days.
Doyle Brunson at the opening of the Horseshoe Las Vegas in March.
So, from the 1970s until his death, Doyle was virtually unstoppable. He was a world champion in 1976 and 1977, won 10 WSOP titles, was a WPT champion, played against the best players in the world in Las Vegas for decades and earned millions in cash games , and was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1988.
Doyle Brunson’s WSOP Main Event Wins 2009 ( WSOP Europe)
According to HendonMob, Doyle has managed to amass over $6 million in live tournament winnings, though he’ll never know how much in the countless cash games he must have played around the world. He was also the first person to break the $1 million mark in live profit.
Are Brunson and Chip Reese, who died in 2007, considered the pioneers of live broadcasting? Las Vegas poker players are inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame for their enormous contributions to our mental sport.
RIP to the greatest legend of all. Thank you for being the perfect gamer and gentleman. No one will take your place. pic.twitter.com/riE35PCrQh
– WSOP – World Series of Poker (@WSOP) May 15, 2023
“RIP , the greatest legend of all. Thank you for being a perfect player and a gentleman. No one can take your place.”
Doyle Brunson and his battle with cancer.
The godfather of poker’s repeated battles with cancer have been part of his journey, most notably the first that nearly claimed his life in 1962. Brunson learned of the disease at one of the best moments in his history. He had recently married Louise, who soon became pregnant, but later that same year doctors discovered a malignant metastatic tumor in his throat with a poor prognosis.
Doctors then made up their minds that they hoped to prolong Brunson’s life so he could see his newborn son. But Doyle experienced an almost miraculous complete remission and was able to start life again.
Brunson attributes his recovery to his faith, as does his wife, who she herself struggled with for several years and he later developed cancer (with a similar history of unexplained medical remission) .
Twenty years later, Doyle Brunson is battling other forms of skin cancer and in 2020 beats a recurrence of the same cancer. A fighter to the end of his life.