2-time world champion Doyle Brunson, called the Godfather of Poker, Passed away at the age of 89. Check out what happened to Doyle Brunson.

Doyle Brunson : Passed away | what happened to

Brunson was born in Longworth, Fisher County, Texas, one of three children. He was part of the All-State Texas basketball team.

Doyle Brunson : Passed away | what happened to

In the 1950 Texas Interscholastic Track Meet, he won the one-mile event with a time of 4:43.

Despite receiving offers from many colleges, he attended Hardin–Simmons University in Abilene, Texas.

The Minneapolis Lakers of the NBA showed interest in Brunson, but a knee injury ended his hopes of becoming a professional basketball player.

He occasionally required a crutch because of the injury and had said that breaking his leg ruined his lifetime dream of playing in the NBA.

Brunson obtained a bachelor’s degree in 1954 and a master’s degree in administrative education the following year. He would go on to work as a school principal.

Doyle Brunson Passed away 

Doyle Brunson, one of the most influential poker players of all time and a two-time world champion, died Sunday, according to his agent.

Doyle Brunson : Passed away | what happened to

Brian Balsbaugh, Brunson’s agent, posted a statement on Twitter from the family.

“It is with a heavy heart we announce the passing of our father, Doyle Brunson,” the statement read. “He was a beloved Christian man, husband, father and grandfather. We’ll have more to say over the coming days as we honor his legacy. Please keep Doyle and our family in your prayers. May he rest in peace.”

Brunson, called the Godfather of Poker and also known as “Texas Dolly,” won 10 World Series of Poker tournaments — second only to Phil Hellmuth’s 16. He also captured world championships in 1976 and 1977 and was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1988.

He wrote a book called “Super System” in 1979, which was one of the first books to delve into poker strategy and created a lasting impact that helped bring many others to the game.

Five-time WSOP winner Scotty Nguyen tweeted that he “can’t believe this day has come – you will always be held high in our hearts, the man, the myth, the legend & THE GODFATHER of poker baby! Mr Brunson, you made poker what it is baby! thank you for what you give to all of us baby! RIP Mr Doyle Brunson THE GODFATHER OF POKER.”

His influence carried beyond poker.

“This one is a heartbreaker,” actor James Woods tweeted. “Brunson, the greatest poker player who ever lived, has cashed in his chips.

What happened to Doyle Brunson 

Doyle Brunson, widely regarded as the “Godfather of Poker,” died Sunday in Las Vegas. He was 89.

The cause of death was not announced yet.

Doyle Brunson : Passed away | what happened to

Nicknamed “Texas Dolly,” Brunson won 10 World Series of Poker tournaments, including the Main Event in 1976 and 1977. His book “Super System” influenced a generation of poker players, and he was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1988.

As he detailed in his memoir, “The Godfather of Poker,” Brunson saw poker grow from illegal games in Texas backrooms, with players often shunned by society, to nationally televised broadcasts that made players, including Brunson, into celebrities.

Born Aug. 10, 1933, he grew up on a farm with no indoor plumbing in Longworth, Texas, where he was a standout athlete.

He won the Texas Class 2A state championship in the mile in 1950 and was named to the 2A state basketball all-tournament team.

Brunson attended Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, and helped the basketball team reach the NCAA Tournament in 1953 as a junior. 

Brunson has two Texas hold’em hands named after him. The holding of ten-deuce bears his name because he won the No Limit Hold ‘Em event at the World Series of Poker two years in a row with a ten and a two (1976 and 1977 respectively), in both cases completing a full house.

In both 1976 and 1977, he was an underdog in the final hand. The other hand known as a “Doyle Brunson”, especially in Texas, is the ace and queen of any suit because, as he says on page 519 of Super/System he “never plays this hand.” However, he changed his wording in Super/System 2, noting that he “tries to never play this hand.”

By Rishabh

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