“We don’t stop playing because we get old, we get old because we stop playing.”


  • 10-time WSOP gold bracelet winner
  • Two-time back-to-back WSOP Main Event winner
  • World-famous cash game player at Bobby’s Room
  • Also christened ‘Texas Dolly’ along with ten-deuce
  • Former college basketball star


Doyle Brunson is the only poker player who is known merely by the shape of his silhouette. The image of ‘Texas Dolly’ in his cowboy hat is one that is ingrained with poker itself. Passing away aged 89 in 2022, ‘The Godfather of Poker’ was a Poker Hall of Famer, a back-to-back world champion and the first major author of a poker strategy book with Super System 1 & 2.

As a young man, the gifted athlete and Texas-born Doyle Brunson was on target to fulfil his dream of playing in the NBA. A college basketball star, the Minneapolis Lakers were interested in signing him. Tragedy lay in front of Brunson, however, when he broke his leg and the knee injury ruled out a professional sports career. Pivoting to his hobby of playing five card draw, Brunson began playing illegal ‘road games’ meeting other legends in their poker infancy, Amarillo Slim and Johnny Moss.

In 1970, Doyle was part of a six-strong group of men who essentially created the World Series of Poker, as cash games initially decided who was the best player in the world. This changed to tournaments, with a Main Event in No Limit Hold’em, which Brunson won in 1976. Claiming victory the following year with exactly the same final hand, ten-deuce, the hand became known as the ‘Texas Dolly’.

Over the following half a century, Brunson has changed the face of the game from one played by cowboys to one that has been played by an estimated 6% of the world’s population – and that number is growing. Winning titles on the World Poker Tour, crushing the upper limits of cash games in Bobby’s Room and winning 10 WSOP bracelets, ‘Texas Dolly’ is a member of the Poker Hall of Fame.

Doyle Brunson’s WSOP Bracelet Wins


1976$10,000 World Championship1st$220,000
1976$5,000 No-Limit Deuce to Seven Draw1st$80,250
1977$10,000 World Championship1st$340,000
1977$1,000 Seven-Card Stud Split1st$62,500
1978$5,000 Seven-Card Stud1st$68,000
1979$600 Mixed Doubles1st$4,500
1991$2,500 No-Limit Hold’em1st$208,000
1998$1,500 Seven-Card Razz1st$93,000
2003$2,000 H.O.R.S.E.1st$84,080
2005$5,000 Short Handed No-Limit Hold’em1st$367,800

Post-COVID, Brunson’s return to the World Series of Poker felt was as much of a surprise as it was a delight for poker fans, following his noted retirement at the end of the previous decade. Sadly for Doyle fans, that return was not for long. Just a fortnight before the start of the 2023 WSOP in Las Vegas, the Godfather of Poker passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family.

Before he left, he scheduled one last message for the poker world, which was posted posthumously on his social media account:

Doyle Brunson in Action

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  • Live Earnings: $6.1 million
  • Ranking Event Wins: 18
  • Biggest Win: $1.19m (WPT Legends of Poker Championship /2004)
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Doyle Brunson Passes

The Godfather of Poker left a vast hole in the world of poker when he passed away in 2023. Many of poker’s biggest names paid tribute to ‘Texas Dolly’ following his death last year.

Read the full tribute to Doyle Brunson here.

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