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 Doyle Brunson, Poker Legend and 'Godfather of Poker',
 dies at age 89
• A Legendary Poker Icon, Doyle Brunson, one of the most influential poker players of all time and a two-time world champion, died on Sunday, May 14, 2023, at the age of 89.
Doyle Brunson, a revered figure in the world of poker, bid farewell to this mortal realm on 14th May 2023. His passing leaves an irreplaceable void in the hearts of countless poker enthusiasts and admirers worldwide. Doyle, born on August 10, 1933, in Longworth, Texas, was not only a consummate professional but also a true ambassador of the game.

Brunson's passion for poker began at an early age, playing in small cash games and honing his skills in his hometown. He attended Hardin-Simmons University on a basketball scholarship, but a severe leg injury abruptly ended his sports career. This setback opened the door for Brunson to focus entirely on his poker skills.

Brunson's journey as a poker player was nothing short of remarkable. With a career spanning seven decades he demonstrated advanced self taught skills and an unwavering passion for the game. His prowess in both cash games and tournaments solidified his position as one of the greatest players in the history of poker.

Affectionately known as the "Texas Dolly," Brunson's legacy was built on more than just his impressive accomplishments at the poker table. His magnetic personality and genuine kindness endeared him to friends, fellow players, and fans alike. Doyle possessed a unique ability to make everyone feel welcome, fostering a sense of camaraderie among players and contributing to the growth of the poker community.

Brunson's iconic presence in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) will forever be etched in the annals of the game. He captured the prestigious Main Event title not once but twice, in 1976 and 1977, a feat only a select few have achieved. These victories were emblematic of his strategic brilliance, solidifying his status as a poker legend.

Beyond his accomplishments as a player, Doyle Brunson was a poker author. His books, notably "Super System" and "Super System 2," became definitive guides for aspiring poker players around the world. Doyle's willingness to share his expertise and insights elevated the game to new heights, inspiring countless players to pursue their dreams and refine their skills.

Brunson's contributions to the world of poker extend beyond the felt. He played an integral role in popularizing the game and elevating its status as a legitimate profession. As a trailblazer, he paved the way for future generations of players, leaving an indelible mark on the sport he loved so dearly.
Doyle Brunson
Doyle Brunson taking time to talk to a fan at the WSOP 2005
While his poker accolades are countless, Doyle Brunson's true legacy lies in the impact he had on those who had the privilege of knowing him personally. He was a devoted family man, survived by his loving wife, children, and grandchildren, who were the center of his world. Despite his fame and success, Doyle remained humble, grounded, and always ready to extend a helping hand to those in need.

Celebrate a life well-lived, a legacy that will endure through the generations. His passion, talent, and unwavering spirit will continue to inspire players and enthusiasts to embrace the game and strive for excellence. Doyle leaves behind a void that can never be filled, but his memory will forever be cherished in the hearts of the poker community.

May he rest in eternal peace, forever shuffling the cards in the great poker room in the sky.