Few individuals, in any field, can incorporate and personify the phrase “living legend.” Doyle Brunson, however, is one such man. He has played poker consistently for over 50 years, and was the first two-time consecutive winner of the World Series of Poker Main Event, not to mention the first player to ever reach $1 million in tournament winnings. He holds 10 World Series of Poker Bracelets, tying with Johnny Chan for the second greatest number ever taken by an individual, with both men sitting behind Phil Hellmuth who possesses 11.
Brunson is one of only a handful of players who have won both a WSOP Main Event and taken a World Poker Tour title. In January 2006, he was voted by Bluff Magazine as the number 1 most influential poker player in the world. Brunson has also written and had published a number of books over the years, including: Doyle Brunson’s Super System: A Course in Power Poker (1979), According to Doyle (1984), Poker Wisdom of a Champion (2003), Doyle Brunson’s Super System 2: A Course in Power Poker (2005), Online Poker: Your Guide to Playing Online Poker Safely & Winning Money (2005), My 50 Most Memorable Hands (2007) and The Godfather of Poker: The Doyle Brunson Story (2009).
His total tournament winnings exceed $5,900,000. Now, however, rumours have started to abound of his imminent retirement, and hanging up his trademark Stetson hat for good. In the past few years he has admitted that long-distance tournaments have put too much of a strain on him, given his age (he is now 77). He has forfeited attending the World Series of Poker Europe, as well as the Aussie Millions Tour and various London tournaments. Recently, he has also cut down on the number of Tournaments he enters near his Las Vegas home.
However, it seems that the man affectionately known as “Texas Dolly” still possesses a mind and work ethic as sharp as ever. Doyle currently maintains several blogs and a frequently updated Twitter account, along with other work commitments and frequent poker cash games. It was through a comment left on his Twitter page that further speculation as to his retirement were conceived. In a friendly back and forth with fellow pro Daniel Negreanu, Doyle stated “I may never go bust in another tourny, guess why?” Poker fans have therefore begun to question whether he will be making an appearance at this years World Series of Poker, or any other for that matter.
Although after 50 years over the felt, surely this guy of all people deserves a break.