Doyle Brunson – The Living Legend
Known affectionately by the poker world as Texas Dolly, Doyle Brunson is one of the greatest poker players to ever grace the felt.
At 76 years of age, Doyle is still going strong in the game, always managing to teach today’s Internet players a thing or two about real-deal high-stakes poker.
Doyle’s mindset is that of a high-stakes player’s – something that only a select few in history have possessed.
His fun-loving attitude can swiftly change into a steely demeanor, and all the while, Brunson’s mind is like a supercomputer, calculating moves that average players haven’t dreamed of.
Long before the Internet came along and had wannabe poker upstarts cruising around for the best no deposit casino bonuses, Doyle was honing his craft in tough backroom games and the kind of places you never visited without a loaded gun.
Born on the 10th of August in 1933, Doyle was brought up Depression-era America, and his ability to make a buck shone through at an early age and only intensified as a young Brunson entered into the professional poker ranks. Although he was an award-winning athlete at a young age, his poker prowess is what would provide a career.
Early on in his poker-playing days, Brunson met fellow pros Sailor Roberts and Amarillo Slim – both absolutely legendary players. Since the World Series of Poker began in 1970, Doyle has been a yearly regular. He was the first back-to-back champion in 1976 and 1977, and almost became the event’s first three-time champion but finished in second place behind three-time champ Stu Ungar in 1980.
Although Doyle’s been on a major tournament dry streak, he’s still one of the best players on the circuit today. In live tournaments alone, Brunson has raked in over $6 million. Throw in his cash game totals and Doyle is undoubtedly one of the most successful players in history.