Doyle Brunson, the “Godfather of Poker”, dies at 89

Last Updated on May 15, 2023 Author:Adrian Sterne

Doyle BrunsonDoyle Brunson, one of the most important poker players in history, sadly died yesterday May 14th 2023 at the age of 89.

Brunson, known as “the Godfather of Poker” and “Texas Dolly“, won ten World Series of Poker bracelets during his career, becoming the second most successful poker player in the tournament, only behind Phil Hellmuth.

Also, he obtained both the 1976 and 1977 World Championships and joined the Hall of Fame of Poker in 1988.

The news was announced through a family statement posted on Twitter by Brian Balsbaugh, Brunson´s agent.

Texas Dolly also wrote one of the most iconic poker books in history: “Super System”. The text shows the game from a strategic perspective and still has an impact on the new generations of players. In fact, the book was so important that many players and fans consider it the Bible of Poker.

The World of Poker cries about the loss of his Godfather

Reactions between poker players and fans did not wait. Players like Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth and Erik Seidel made their own statements about the loss of Brunson.

Kid Poker, wrote the next in his Twitter account:

Precisely Daniel Negreanu’s wife, Amanda, also wanted to demonstrated the love he felt for Brunson:

This one hurts. Texas Dolly was my fave of all time and I loved him immediately. I remember being so giddy and nervous to meet him for the first time in 2006. We had such a fun and playful banter right away. I knew this day would come, but it still feels too soon. You will be so missed, Legend.

Five times WSOP winner Scotty Nguyen wanted to have also some words for him:

Phill Hellmuth, on the other side, wrote the next on Twitter:

Finally, Erik Seidel expressed this way:

Sad day. We’ve lost Doyle Brunson, the most iconic player in poker’s history, his legacy will live on forever. I’ve been so inspired by his passion & his ability to play at such a high level well into his 80’s. It’s the end of an Era.

Top10Pokersites sends our deepest condolences go out to those who knew and loved Doyle Brunson, a Texan poker player who took on the poker world and will always be its ‘Godfather

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