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He Was Called the Godfather of Poker

Doyle Brunson was a two-time world champ, inducted into Poker Hall of Fame
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 15, 2023 2:30 AM CDT
He Was Called the Godfather of Poker
FILE - Doyle Brunson plays on the third day of the World Series of Poker main event in Las Vegas on July 11, 2013.   (John Locher/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP, File)

Doyle Brunson, one of the most influential poker players of all time and a two-time world champion, died Sunday, according to his agent. Brunson was 89, the AP reports. Brian Balsbaugh, Brunson's agent, posted a statement on Twitter from the family. “It is with a heavy heart we announce the passing of our father, Doyle Brunson," the statement read. "He was a beloved Christian man, husband, father and grandfather. We’ll have more to say over the coming days as we honor his legacy. Please keep Doyle and our family in your prayers. May he rest in peace.”

Brunson, called the Godfather of Poker and also known as “Texas Dolly,” won 10 World Series of Poker tournaments—second only to Phil Hellmuth's 16. He also captured world championships in 1976 and 1977 and was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1988. He wrote a book called Super System in 1979, which was one of the first books to delve into poker strategy and created a lasting impact that helped bring many others to the game.

His influence carried beyond poker. “This one is a heartbreaker,” actor James Woods tweeted. "Doyle Brunson, the greatest poker player who ever lived, has cashed in his chips. “Doyle was so kind and helpful to me. He was gracious to my late dear brother and every friend I introduced him to. A gentleman and a genuine legend.”

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