Doyle Brunson is a legend in the world of poker and a ten-time winner of the World Series of Poker. Brunson was selected as the most powerful figure in the poker game by the readers of Bluff Magazine in the year 2006. If you ever get the opportunity to see Brunson play in person, you should prepare to be on the tip of your seat due to the extraordinary techniques and breathtaking plays he employs throughout his games.
At the ripe old age of 82, Brunson, who is appropriately known as “Poker’s Living Legend,” continues to dedicate a significant portion of his life to the game of poker.
His achievements in poker have not only left an enduring impression on the world of poker, but on his children as well. This is perhaps why he was one of the first people to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. His achievements in poker have left an enduring impact on the poker world.
In the Beginning
Doyle F. Brunson was born in the month of August in the rural community of Longworth, Texas, in the United States. He was one of many brothers and sisters in a huge family that he was born into. Although they were not affluent by any means, his family was never in want of food or medical treatment.
Brunson was an all-around athlete in high school who was particularly talented in the sports of basketball and track and field. His timing of 4:43 for the one-mile race, which he ran when he was 17 years old, is his personal best. In addition to that, he was selected to play basketball for Texas in the All-Star team.
Brunson was extended scholarship offers from a number of institutions located all over the United States, but he ultimately decided to enroll at Hardin-Simmons University in Texas and play basketball for the school so that he could remain near to his family.
When he suffered a terrible knee injury, his aspirations of ever making it as a professional basketball player were dashed forever. The Minneapolis Lakers were actually scouting him at the time. Brunson’s knee was fractured when he was working during the summer at a gypsum mill in the area. The sheetrock that he was attempting to keep from falling on him smashed his knee.
After suffering an injury, Brunson focused all of his attention on his education and went on to get a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1954 and a Master of Science degree in Administrative Education the following year.
After being unsuccessful in obtaining employment in the school sector right away, he decided to work for a business equipment firm instead.
The beginning of Brunson’s career as a poker player was spent on the mean streets of Texas and the neighboring regions, when he and his buddy Dwayne Hamilton participated in illegitimate games on the weekends. The fact that these games were often administered by members of organized crime meant that they were not controlled in any way.
Brunson claims that he has had many guns drawn on him and that he has had his life threatened multiple times as a result of the fact that others believed he was cheating since he was so skilled. Brunson was able to make a large amount of money playing poker despite this circumstance, and as a result, he quit his job to pursue a career in the poker industry.
Brunson ultimately made his way to Las Vegas after spending a number of years living on the streets, where he would remain for the remainder of his professional poker career. Brunson has been a consistent presence in the World Series of Poker ever since it first began in 1970, when it was known as the World Championship of Poker.
Brunson is one of the few players to win four consecutive World Series of Poker (WSOP) events between 1976 and 1979. During the first two years of this stretch, Brunson won several WSOP bracelets, making him one of the only players to accomplish this feat. Since then, he has amassed an incredible total of 10 WSOP bracelets throughout the course of his professional poker career.
1978 was the year that Brunson released his first book, Super/System, which is a poker strategy book that is still read by many people who are trying to become poker players. Brunson offers helpful suggestions and recommendations in this book that are applicable to players of all skill levels.