Doyle Brunson spent the majority of his life on the green felt. He championed the game, from its early days of stigmatization by narcissists to the glory days of poker when it became a legit way to earn a living.
Brunson, who died at 89 years old, lived a life that is worth remembering. Brunson’s Family released a statement:
He was a beloved Christian, husband, dad, and grandfather. In the days to come, we’ll be able to share more about his legacy. Please remember Doyle and his family in your prayers. Rest in peace, Doyle.
Brunson is among the very few players who have won more than one World Series of Poker event. He has won ten such events and is only second to Phil Hellmuth with sixteen titles. Brunson wants to win more. The poker community was quick to respond and express their regret, sadness, and hopefulness.
Brunson will never be seen in poker again
Daniel Negreanu said that Brunson would never play again. Scotty nguyen expressed his disbelief that he wouldn’t see Brunson ever again. Nguyen gushed, “You’ll always be in our hearts as the man, myth, legend, and THE GODFATHER OF poker.”
Brunson wasn’t meant to play poker. Like Gordon Ramsey, he was a star athlete in his day who had to quit the NBA after sustaining a serious knee injury. Just as Ramsey turned his passion for soccer into cooking and a lifelong love of poker, Brunson did the same.
Brunson’s first WSOP brace was won in 2005. Brunson played poker all over the world. He was not a Las Vegas-only poker player. He played poker in many countries, including Spain, Belgium, Malta and the Czech Republic. He traveled to South Africa, China, and everywhere else he played the game.