Doyle Brunson

Just because I run a site that’s primarily about checkers doesn’t mean that I’m not interested in other things. One other game that I love to play is poker, so here’s an article about my favorite poker player. I don’t know, but I have a suspicion that Doyle Brunson is probably great at checkers too.

Born in Longworth, Texas in 1933, Doyle Brunson (nicknamed “Texas Dolly”) is a legend in the poker industry with over five decades of experience at the tables. A natural athlete in his youth, Brunson aspired to be a pro athlete at one point, but a workplace accident broke his leg in two places and kept him in a cast for two years.

He started playing poker during this time, and he found the game to be relatively simple. Although he had a master’s degree in administrative education, he pursued a career as a gambler when he realized his earning potential.

This led to Doyle and pals such as Sailor Roberts and Amarillo Slim traveling across the country looking for gambling opportunities. Many of these games were run by organized crime figures, and Brunson has admitted to being robbed and held at gunpoint on a number of occasions.

Doyle was diagnosed with incurable cancer in 1962, but he made a miracle recovery. His wife Louise would later do the same.

The World Series of Poker started in 1970, and Brunson has been a part of it from the beginning. He’s won a total of 10 WSOP bracelets, which is second only to Phil Hellmuth’s eleven. In addition, Brunson is the author of Super/System, the bible of the poker world and the first book to show amateur players how to think like the pros.

Thanks to Reno Raines at Poker Bonus Codes for suggesting I write about Doyle Brunson here.