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Brunson, also known as Texas Dolly, (born August 10,
1933 in Longworth, Fisher County, Texas) is an iconic
American poker player who has played professionally
for over 50 years. He is the first two-time World
Series of Poker main event champion to win consecutively,a
Poker Hall of Fame inductee, and the author of several
highly influential books on poker.
is the first player to earn $1 million in poker tournaments
and has won ten World Series of Poker bracelets throughout
his career, tied with Johnny Chan for second all-time,
one behind Phil Hellmuth's 11. He is also one of only
four players to have won the Main Event at the World
Series of Poker multiple times, which he did in 1976
and 1977. In addition, he is the first of five players
to win both the WSOP Main Event and a World Poker
Tour title. In January 2006, BLUFF magazine voted
Brunson the #1 most influential force in the world
was born in Longworth, Texas, a town with a population
of approximately 100, and was the eldest child with
two younger siblings. Because of Longworth's small
size, Brunson frequently ran long distances to other
towns, and became a promising athlete. He was part
of the All-State Texas basketball team, and practiced
the one-mile run to keep in shape in the off-season.
Although he was more interested in basketball than
running, he entered the 1950 Texas Interscholastic
Track Meet and won the one-mile event with a time
of 4:43. Despite receiving offers from many colleges,
he attended Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene,
Texas, because it was close to his home. The Minneapolis
Lakers were interested in Brunson, but a knee injury
ended his playing days. He had taken a summer job
and was unloading some sheetrock; when the ton of
weight shifted, Brunson instinctively tried to stop
it, but it landed on his leg, breaking it in two places.
He was in a cast for two years, and the injury ended
his hopes of becoming a professional basketball player.
He still occasionally requires a crutch to get around
because of the injury. Brunson changed his focus from
athletics to education and obtained a master's degree
in administrative education.
had begun playing poker before his injury, playing
five card draw and finding it "easy". He
played more often after being injured and his winnings
paid for his expenses. He obtained a bachelor's degree
in 1954 and a master's the following year. After graduating,
he took a job as a business machines salesman, but
on his first day, he was invited to play in a seven-card
stud game and earned over a month's salary in under
three hours. He soon left the company and became a
professional poker player.
started off by playing in illegal games on Exchange
Street, Fort Worth, Texas with a friend named Dwayne
Hamilton. Eventually they began traveling around Texas,
Oklahoma and Louisiana, playing in bigger games, and
met fellow-professionals Amarillo Slim and Sailor
Roberts. The illegal games Brunson played in during
this time were usually run by criminals who were often
members of organized crime groups, thus rules were
not always enforced. Brunson has admitted to having
a gun pulled on him several times and noted that he
was robbed and beaten as well. However since poker
was not a socially accepted career path during this
time period, and given the reputation of those running
the games he was playing in, he had little legal recourse.
moved back to Fort Worth, while the others teamed
up and travelled around together, gambling on poker,
golf and, in Doyle's words, "just about everything".
They pooled their money together for gambling, and
after six years they made their first serious trip
to Las Vegas and lost all of it, a six-figure amount.
They decided to stop playing as partners but remain
finally settled in Las Vegas.
than his poker success, his greatest achievement is
probably his book, Super/System, which is widely considered
to be one of the most authoritative books on poker.
Originally self-published in 1978, Super/System was
the book that transformed poker by giving ordinary
players an insight into the way that the professionals
like Brunson played and won, so much so that Brunson
believes that it cost him a lot of money. An updated
revision, Super/System 2 was published in 2004. Besides
Brunson, several top poker players contributed chapters
to Super/System including Bobby Baldwin, Mike Caro,
David Sklansky, Chip Reese and Joey Hawthorne. The
book is subtitled "How I made one million dollars
playing poker", by Doyle Brunson. Brunson is
also the author of Poker Wisdom of a Champion, originally
published as According to Doyle by Lyle Stuart in
continues to play in the biggest poker game in the
world. A $4000/$8000 limit mixed poker game in "Bobby's
Room" at the Bellagio. He also plays in many
of the biggest poker tournaments around the world.
He won his ninth gold bracelet in a mixed games event
in 2003, and in 2004 he finished 53rd (in a field
of 2,576) in the No Limit Texas hold 'em Championship
event. He won the Legends of Poker World Poker Tour
event in 2004 (garnering him a $1.1 million prize),
and finished fourth in the WPT's first championship
event. Early in the morning on July 1, 2005, less
than a week after Chan had won his 10th gold bracelet
- setting a new record - Brunson tied the record by
earning his 10th at the 2005 WSOP. He is now one bracelet
behind Phil Hellmuth, who earned his 11th bracelet
at the WSOP on 2007-06-11.
nickname, "Texas Dolly", came from the incorrect
reading of his name by Jimmy Snyder, and it stuck.
Snyder was supposed to announce Brunson as "Texas
Doyle" (since he was from the state of Texas)
but incorrectly read Brunson's first name as Dolly
when announcing it. Many of Brunson's fellow top pros
now simply refer to Brunson as "Dolly".
has the honor of having two Texas hold'em hands named
after him. One hand, a ten and a two of any suit,
bears his name as he won the No Limit Hold 'Em event
at the World Series of Poker two years in a row with
them (1976 and 1977), in both cases completing a full
house. In both 1976 and 1977, he was an underdog in
the final hand, requiring Brunson to come from behind
both times. Another hand known as a "Doyle Brunson,"
especially in Texas, is the Ace and Queen of any suit
because, as he says on page 519 of the Super/System,
he "never plays this hand." He changes his
wording in SuperSystem2, however, noting that he 'tries
to never play this hand'. However, it has been seen
on episodes of High Stakes Poker, Poker After Dark,
the Professional Poker Tour and the World Poker Tour
that he does play the hand. He was also eliminated
from the 2007 World Series of Poker main event while
endorses the online poker room Doyles Room.
of 2008, his total live tournament winnings exceeded
$5,300,000. (Credit: Wikipedia).