Famous poker players
Famous poker players - Doyle Brunson
Ask anyone to name the five most famous
poker players of all time, and it is fairly certain
that one of them will be Doyle Brunson.
Brunson was born in the depths of
the 1930s depression in a tiny Texas town called Longworth.
He had an affinity for athletics and in particular
basketball at which he represented the state, though
his playing was curtailed by an injury from which
he still suffers after effects.
His first foray with poker was in
illegal gambling dens, which often were frequented
by members of the mob and other organised crime, and
it was not unusual for Brunson to be staring down
the wrong end of a gun barrel. Teamed up with another
poker player called Dwayne Hamilton, he made a living
playing poker in Texas and its surrounding states.
Eventually they built up a substantial bankroll, but
lost it all on a visit to Las Vegas, a place that
Brunson later made his home.
Brunson was one of the inaugural players
in what was to become the World Series of Poker, which
he won in 1976 and 1977, and through the game he has
amassed a large fortune, playing a variety of games
such as Texas hold em.
As well as playing poker, he has also
famously written about it. His book, called "Super
System" with the subtitle "How I Made Over $1,000,000
Playing Poker", was the first publication detailing
poker strategies and has become the poker players'
Bible. Even though it has been in print for over 30
years, it remains popular and just as relevant to
today's game as it was when it was written. In fact
the book was updated in 2004 in "Super System 2" which
also includes contributions from a large number of
famous poker players.
Brunson currently concentrated on
high stakes games and often he can be spotted playing
at the Bellagio on the Las Vegas Strip. He also makes
frequent television appearances. He has nine gold
poker bracelets, and various publications, including
a book called "My Fifty Most Memorable Hands" in which
he recalls witnessing several people who died whist
playing poker; one was shot and two died of heart
attacks. He now has an online poker site called Doyle's
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