The World Poker Tour has added another name to its ambassador list, and it is the one and only, ‘Godfather of Poker, Doyle Brunson. The 10-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner is also expected to participate in the WSOP Main event next month. Brunson was the winner of this tournament back in 1976 and 1977.
Earlier this month, the poker legend informed his followers on Twitter that he might not be able to play in the WSOP Main Event due to COVID-19 concerns. The “Texas Dolly” also mentioned the main reason is his wife’s health. Brunson is worried about catching the virus and infecting others, especially his wife. Moreover, he is 88 and is concerned about his health as well.
Brunson’s announcement to participate in the Main Event is not official. He aims to play if the COVID spread is much under control, especially at Bally’s.
Doyle Brunson – An Old Pal of WPT
Adam Pliska, World Poker Tour CEO, said Doyle was attached to the WPT from the beginning. The CEO himself remembers the moments when he won the WPT Legends of Poker in 2004. Pliska is excited to welcome Brunson to the WPT family.
Brunson is among the only four players to reach the 10-bracelet mark, and the other three are Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, and Johnny Chan. The poker legend won his last bracelet in 2005. But he amazed everyone by making it to the final table of the $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship in 2018. Although Brunson did not reach a payout in the Main Event last year, he made it to Day 2. His deep run left an impression that he still has high-level poker skills.
The WPT Champions Club member will be patched up with a WPT logo if he decides to participate in the Main Event. Brunson will be a center of attraction for many poker lovers and young players. Many players regard him as an inspiration, and he will also add more star power to the event by representing it as an ambassador. The Poker Hall of Famer took the WPT Legends of Poker event title back in 2004 for $1,198,290.
Doyle Brunson was born in Texas on August 10, 1933. From a young age, Brunson was inclined towards athletics, and he loved to play basketball as well. According to some sources, he missed out on a career in NBA due to a knee injury.
The Texas native started a job as a salesperson and started playing poker. There is an interesting story about his first day on the job. He played a card game on the first day where he won a month’s salary in one night. After that, he took a keen interest in poker and started his journey as a professional poker player.
Brunson’s WSOP Bracelets
|1976||$10,000 World Championship||1st||$220,000|
|1976||$5,000 No-Limit Deuce to Seven Draw||1st||$80,250|
|1977||$10,000 World Championship||1st||$340,000|
|1977||$1,000 Seven-Card Stud Split||1st||$62,500|
|1978||$5,000 Seven-Card Stud||1st||$68,000|
|1979||$600 Mixed Doubles||1st||$4,500|
|1991||$2,500 No-Limit Hold’em||1st||$208,000|
|1998||$1,500 Seven-Card Razz||1st||$93,000|
|2005||$5,000 Short Handed No-Limit Hold’em||1st||$367,800|
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