Doyle Brunson said goodbye to the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in 2018 when he announced his retirement from live poker.
The two-time WSOP Main Event champion retired at 85 and left his stamp on poker and the WSOP as he finished with 10 WSOP bracelets and was tied in second place with Johnny Chan and Phil Ivey.Phil Hellmuth is the only player ahead on WSOP bracelets as he now has 16 bracelets, after picking up another one during the 2021 WSOP.
Brunson Keeps WSOP Promise
Brunson retired from live poker but remains very active with the global poker community through his Twitter account which has over 391,000 followers. Brunson teased his Twitter followers in June 2021 when he said he was going to come out of retirement and take part in the 2021 WSOP.
The 2021 WSOP commenced on Sep 30 at the Rio and for close to a month there was no sign of Doyle Brunson. However, the Poker Hall of Famer (PHoF) kept his promise to his followers and made an appearance at the Rio over the weekend that brought loud cheers as Brunson is one of the most popular and respected pros on the circuit.
Brunson who goes by the nickname of Texas Dolly was escorted to the table by another PHoF and PokerGo President Mori Eskandani. The 88 year old decided to take part in Event #58: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em.
Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em
Brunson stood out with his cowboy hat and traditional red shirt and spent close to an hour at the poker table. The Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em was open to only players who were over the age of 50 and a good number of them showed up. More than 5,400 players took part in this event and due to the huge response; the WSOP had to delay a few events.
Brunson only lasted at the table for an hour or so but his time was well spent as he received a lot of applause and greetings from his fans and fellow players. The players who finished in the top 800 were set to take home a minimum of $1,000. The event was won by Robert McMillan who ended up claiming a top prize of $561,000 and in doing so won his first WSOP bracelet.
Brunson Out Of Retirement
Brunson teased via his June 2021 tweet that he would play select events at the 2021 WSOP but did not clarify what events he would end up playing. His last appearance at the WSOP was back in 2018 when he put down a $10,000 buy-in and played a 2 to 7 lowball draw event.
He did well at the event, made the final table and ended up busting out in sixth place. The winner of this even was Brian Rast who collected his 4th WSOP bracelet with the win. Rast ended up winning his 5th WSOP bracelet last week, when he took down the $3,000 six-handed NHH event.
Brunson’s last WSOP bracelet event was back in 2005 when he was 72 years old. During the last decade, Brunson has had to battle a lot of health issues and he hasn’t been very consistent at the WSOP poker tables.
We don’t know if Brunson will take part in the 2021 WSOP Main Event. He is yet to disclose if he is going to play any other events in the coming weeks but is likely to make another surprise appearance as the tournament progresses. Brunson is currently making a documentary about his life and it is likely to include an appearance at the 2021 WSOP.