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Doyle Brunson

Doyle Brunson
Nationality: United States
Nickname: Texas Dolly
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Doyle Brunson is an American poker player who is widely considered one of the greatest players of all time and a true legend of the game.

Known as 'The Godfather of Poker' or 'Texas Dolly', Brunson has won 10 WSOP bracelets including the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event in 1976 and 1977. He was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1988.

In 1978, Brunson authored 'Super/System' which was considered one of the most authoritative books on poker at the time. A sequel 'Super/System 2' was published in 2002.


Born in Longworth, Texas on August 10, 1933, Brunson turned to poker after a promising knee injury ended his hopes of a professional basketball career. He attended Hardin-Simmons University, and upon graduating took a job as a business machines salesman.

However, poker quickly took over as he began to travel around Texas with fellow poker players Amarillo Slim and Brian "Sailor" Roberts. The trio were among the most famous Texas road gamblers of the time, frequenting illegal poker games around Texas and even sharing a bankroll at times.

In 1959, Brunson met his future wife Louise. They married three years later. Brunson eventually settled in Vegas with his wife and four children.

Doyle Brunson and the World Series of Poker

Brunson was one of the players to enter the first WSOP in 1970. After a third-place finish in 1972, he won his first bracelet in 1976 in the $5,000 2-7 Draw event. That same year, he would go on to win the Main Event for the first time, defeating Jesse Alto heads-up and earning himself $230,000.

A year later he added two more bracelets including another WSOP Main Event victory, this time over Gary Berland. Both Main Event victories came with {10-}{2-} ending up as his winning hand. For that reason, this hand is known as the 'Doyle Brunson'

Between 1976 and 1979, Brunson won six bracelets in total, establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with on the felt.

Over the years, Brunson has won bracelets in no only No-Limit Texas Hold'em and Seven Card Stud, but No-Limit 2-7 Draw, Stud Hi-Lo, Razz and H.O.R.S.E..

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Over the years, Brunson played fewer and fewer WSOP events, stating that the reason was that it took up "too many hours", preferring instead to play cash games.

In 2018, Brunson announced that he was retiring from tournament poker that summer. He entered Event #23: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship, finishing sixth for R43,963.

Doyle Brunson WSOP Bracelets

YearEventPayout (USD)
1976Event #5: $5,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw$90,250
1976Event #8: $10,000 NLHE WSOP Main Event$220,000
1977Event #5: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo$52,500
1977Event #13: $10,000 NLHE WSOP Main Event$340,000
1978Event #4: $5,000 Limit Seven Card Stud$69,000
1979Event #4: $600 Mixed Doubles Seven Card Stud$4,500
1991Event #16: $2,500 NLHE$208,000
1998Event #2: $1,500 Razz$93,000
2003Event #9: $2,000 H.O.R.S.E.$84,080
2005Event #$31: $5,000 NLHE 6-Max$367,800

Battles with Cancer

Shortly after his marriage, Brunson's wife Louise fell pregnant. Later that same year, a tumor was discovered on Doyle's neck that was diagnosed as cancerous. Brunson was told that there was no case history of anyone with this affliction living longer than three months. However, following surgery, the cancer was found to have disappeared completely.

"[The Doctor] called it spontaneous remission, and said he and his colleagues had seen such an occurrence only a few times," Brunson wrote in his autobiography The Godfather of Poker.

Brunson has since battled with cancer on a number of occasions, most recently in 2016 following an operation to remove squamous carcinoma.

Related: Guns and Cancer Couldn't Kill Him, Now Doyle Taking No Chances With Coronavirus

Other Poker Achievements

In 2004, Doyle beat the critics that claimed he was too old when he won the Legends of Poker WPT event for just shy of $1.2 million. Brunson has also made three other WPT final tables.


Why is Doyle Brunson called Texas Dolly?

Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder called Brunson 'Texas Doyle'. A member of the Associated Press overheard the two talking, and erroneously referred to the nickname as 'Texas Dolly' in their reporting, and the rest was history.

What is Doyle Brunson's net worth?

Although his total net worth is unconfirmed, Brunson has cashed for over $6 million over the course of his career according to The Hendon Mob.

Is Doyle Brunson married?

Yes, Brunson has been married to his wife Louise since 1962

Does Brunson still play poker?

After retiring from tournament poker in 2018, Brunson does occasionally still play poker in Las Vegas.

WSOP Main Event Winners 1970-77

197734Doyle BrunsonUnited States$340,000
197622Doyle BrunsonUnited States$220,000
197521Brian RobertsUnited States$210,000
197416Johnny MossUnited States$160,000
197313Walter PearsonUnited States$130,000
19728Thomas PrestonUnited States$80,000
19716Johnny MossUnited States$30,000
19707Johnny MossUnited StatesN/A

PokerNews Covered Events

Event Place Prize
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #23: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship
6th $43963
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #62: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
409th $28063
2011 PokerStars.com EPT London
Main Event
77th £9000
2011 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship
NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship
16th $30000
2010 NBC Heads-Up Poker Championship
$20,000 Heads-up Championship
6th $75000
2009 World Series of Poker Europe
£10,000 WSOPE Main Event
17th £31198
2009 World Series of Poker
Event 37 - $10,000 World Championship Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 8-or-better
7th $62234
2009 World Series of Poker
Event 12 - $10,000 World Championship Mixed Event
15th $21357
2008 World Series of Poker
Event 45 - $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship
16th $124320
2008 World Series of Poker
Event 8 - $10,000 World Championship Mixed Event
21st $16243
2008 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship
$20,000 Heads-Up Championship
13th $25000
2007 World Series of Poker
Event 50 - $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha
6th $123967
2007 World Series of Poker
Event 26 - $5,000 H.O.R.S.E.
22nd $9024

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