Poker Community To Celebrate The Legacy Of Texan Doyle Brunson

Written By Jason Jarrett on June 28, 2023
Texas poker legend Doyle Brunson to be celebrated

The gambling world will host one final super celebration for the “Super/System” legend.

Texas poker great Doyle Brunson, who penned the influential book and was known as “The Godfather of Poker,” will be celebrated Sunday in Las Vegas, his management company announced late last week. Brunson died last month at the age of 89.

Brunson played professionally for more than 50 years and was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1988. He is only one of four players to win the World Series of Poker Main Event multiple times, but is hailed as the sport’s most influential player due to “Super/System,” published in 1978. The book transformed poker by giving players insight into how professionals operate at the tables.

“Texas Dolly” is widely regarded as one of professional poker’s greatest and most influential figures. Throughout his illustrious career, he made an indelible mark on the game and became an icon for aspiring poker players worldwide. With his exceptional skills, strategic prowess and magnetic personality, Brunson left an indelible imprint on the poker landscape.

Texas poker legend

Born and raised in Longworth, Brunson earned a basketball scholarship to Hardin-Simmons University in 1951. However, a knee injury prematurely ended his hoops dreams. It was during his recovery period that he was introduced to poker, which eventually became his new passion and vocation.

Brunson’s breakthrough came in 1976 when he won his first WSOP Main Event title. He continued his success the following year, capturing his second consecutive Main Event championship. These back-to-back victories solidified Brunson’s reputation as a force to be reckoned with in the poker world.

Brunson won 10 WSOP bracelets and amassed more than $6 million in career earnings. He displayed his versatility in various poker formats, excelling in cash games and tournaments. Brunson’s ability to adapt to different playing styles and opponents is a testament to his deep understanding of the game.

Doyle Brunson’s lasting influence

Apart from his impressive tournament victories, Brunson is renowned for his contributions to poker literature. “Super/System” is considered one of the most influential poker strategy guides ever written. The book revolutionized the game’s approach, introducing concepts and strategies previously unknown to the general public. Brunson’s teachings have had a lasting impact on generations of poker players, shaping how the game is played today.

Beyond his achievements on the felt, Brunson’s charisma and larger-than-life personality made him a beloved figure in the poker community. He was known for his friendly demeanor, approachability and willingness to share his knowledge with aspiring players. Brunson’s generosity extends beyond the poker table, as he was actively involved in various charitable endeavors.

Poker legends Jack Binion, Lyle Berman, Dewey Tomko, Billy Baxter, Eric Drache, Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu are scheduled to share their reflections on the Texan’s legacy at Sunday’s celebration.

The event, which is free to attend, takes place at the Jubilee Theatre at Horseshoe Las Vegas and begins at noon.

Photo by Laura Rauch / AP photo; illustration by Play Texas
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Jason is the managing editor and eight other states' websites, covering sports betting and gambling in the two states. He has more than 25 years of journalism experience, spending nearly 10 years as a senior editor at the Austin American-Statesman.

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