Poker Legend Doyle Brunson returned to the WSOP and talked about, poker, family, life and Texas. He has come back to the World Series of Poker to take part in the $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship. Brunson is considered as the elder statesman of poker and his significance to the game cannot be taken lightly.
This 84-year old poker legend drew a huge crowd throughout the day and spoke with one of the most popular gambling sites: PokerNews, about his amazing life in poker, legacy in the game and family. He also talked much about his home state; Texas.
This 10-time bracelet winner has taken a couple of years break from the game. He won the $10,000 Main Event in 1976 and 1977. He says that he cannot play for long hours anymore. The 2-7 Lowball event allowed for registration up until the beginning of Day 2 and this made it easy to at least play one event.
His son told him that this might be the only chance he gets to play this year. Hee also pointed out that the hours are too long and his wife would not go to sleep until he got home. She is not in good health and he owes it to her to go home after playing for 57 years.
He might not be in a position to play for the long hours at WSOP tournament tables but he has been a regular at the Big Game at Bellagio and he plays some of the largest stakes in the event which is a true indication that he will not be slowing down any time soon. He says that he plays almost every day and that they keep a seat locked up for him until 1 pm. He says that he gets there at noon every day and he is able to play to about 8 or 9 pm. He says that he has been winning and this makes it a great game for him. Brunson is also happy that there are more high limit players in town now.
Poker in the family
For Brunson, poker runs in his family with his son Todd Brunson winning one WSOP bracelet and in excess of $4.3 million in tournament winnings. His daughter Pamela is another occasional player who has earned in excess of $89,000.
He says that he did not think any of his children would take up poker playing since he did not talk about it when they were kids. But his son Todd who was a law student at Texas Tech dropped out of school in his third year and started playing poker professionally. He did not receive this warmly. To prove this, he took him to a casino in California where they lived at the time and when Todd was at the table, he played naturally without the help of his dad.
Brunson is proud of his poker profession and he has set a record that hardly anyone would beat. He has played in higher levels longer than anybody would thinks and he started poker gaming when he was 22 years; this means that he has played the game for a solid 62 years.