Doyle Brunson

Doyle " Texas Dolly" Brunson ( born August 10, 1933, Longworth, Fisher County, Texas) is an American professional poker player who carries the card game professionally for over fifty years. He has won two WSOP Main Event winner and author of several poker books.

Brunson was the first player who ingested by official poker tournaments more than one million U.S. dollars. Throughout his career he has won to date ten competitions at the World Series of Poker, the main tournament series, which he is on the all-time best list only behind Phil Hellmuth, who previously won 13 tournaments. In addition, Brunson is one of four players who, the main event at the World Series of Poker were able to win twice in a row the Main Event.



Brunson was born in Longworth, a village with about a hundred residents, located in Fisher County, Texas. He was the oldest of three children. As Longworth was only a small place, Brunson ran regularly long distances to other communities and thereby became a promising athlete. Thus he had the opportunity to join the All State Texas basketball team. Although he held more than of basketball of Athletics, in 1950, he joined the Texas Interscholastic Track Meet in. As a result, Brunson received several offers from colleges, but ultimately chose for the Hardin Simmons University in Abilene. The main reason for this decision was that the university was located near his hometown. Then Brunson suffered in an auxiliary work a serious knee injury that meant the end of his days as a promising young talent. The injury was so severe that his leg was in a cast for two years. Even today requires Brunson partly a crutch to be able to move. Brunson then focused on his education and graduated with a Master in Public Administration (administrative education) from.

Brunson played before the accident sometimes poker, especially the classic variant Five Card Draw. After the injury, he played more often, which meant that his contribution to the livelihood ranged.

After successfully graduating, he took a job as a machinery dealer. On the first day he was invited to a game of Seven Card Stud. He played very successfully and won in under three hours, the salary for an entire month. Brunson then realized that the game of poker is very lucrative and decided to become a professional player.

From Texas to Las Vegas

Doyle Brunson started his poker career in Fort Worth, the fifth largest city in Texas. There he played with a friend in illegal games. The two then realized that they could get more money in bigger games and therefore traveled across the south of the country. They played among others in Oklahoma and Louisiana, but also in Texas, in big games. The duo met on their tour professional players Thomas " Amarillo Slim" Preston and Brian "Sailor" Roberts. While Brunson's friend returned to Fort Worth, he teamed up with the two professionals. A long time they risked their money in poker games, playing golf and in Doyle's words, " at pretty much everything." After the three players had saved up a large sum of gains, they tried their luck in Las Vegas, Nevada.

They threw their money together and played, but only after six years, the friends made ​​their first serious trip to Las Vegas and lost all their money there, a six-figure sum. After that she decided to end the partnership, but remain friends. Brunson finally settled in Las Vegas, Nevada, on.

Success at the World Series of Poker

After the separation of the trio Doyle Brunson quickly became very successful. In 1976 he won the Main Event of the World Series of Poker and crowned himself thus to the poker world champion. For this success Brunson received $ 220,000. A year later he was able to defend this item and still won two individual tournaments. In 1978 and 1979 he won two more side tournaments at the World Series for itself. This was followed by a prolonged dry spell before he could win a tournament again in 1991. His last three events he won in 1998, 2003 and 2005.

By 2007 Doyle Brunson won ten tournaments at this event, which he did. Behind Phil Hellmuth, who won 13 tournaments to date, and equal points with Johnny Chan is in second place

By the year 2009, he came at the WSOP 35 times " in the money " and earned prize money in the amount of $ 2,966,053. From 2010 to 2012, he did not come into the money. In 2013, he finished 409th place in the Main Event.


Addition to his success at the World Series Doyle " Texas Dolly" Brunson made ​​also by other good results in other tournaments attention. So he won the Legends of Poker World Poker Tour tournament in 2004, for which he received the U.S. dollar over a million. The first WPT championship event Brunson was fourth. He also took part despite his advanced age on various TV events, such as on High Stakes Poker, Poker After Dark and the National Heads-Up Poker Championship. Brunson is also one of the player who plays in the Big Game at the Bellagio with minimum stakes of $ 4.000/8.000 to millions.

Brunson could take until the end of 2013 about 6.1 million U.S. dollars at official tournaments, which he ranked in the money list on the 45th Place.

Success as an author

In 1978, his book Super / System: How I Made Over $ 1,000,000 Playing Poker (in German about Super / System: How I won over $ 1 million in poker, ISBN 1580420818 ). After Brunson found a publisher, he published it myself The book gave readers an insight into the mindset of a professional player. Brunson stated several times that the book has probably cost him more money than he took it, because the play of his opponents, who read the book improved.

The book begins with a biographical chapter of Brunson's career and devote himself to the poker strategy. Super / System is not dedicated to a variant of the game, but devoted a large part of the known variations. Besides Brunson also many professional players played their part to the book, for example, David "Chip" Reese, Bobby Baldwin and the game theorist David Sklansky. 2004 appeared the sequel Super / System 2, which is an updated version of the first part mainly.

Doyle Brunson also published in 1984 the book According to Doyle ( to about German According to Doyle), under the title Poker Wisdom of a Champion (in German about The Poker Wisdom of a world champion ) was reissued in 2003. Furthermore, in 2005 the book online appeared Poker: Your Guide to Playing Online Poker Safely & Winning Money ( freely translated Online Poker: Your Guide, Online Poker to deny safe and lucrative ), which, as already says the title, completely prescribes the online poker.

Home life

Brunson met his wife Louise in 1960 and married her in August 1962. Louise became pregnant and in the same year discovered Brunson a tumor in his throat. During surgery it was found that the cancer had spread and the surgeon found him to be incurable. They said that surgery could prolong life Brunson's so long that he can experience the birth of his child. After the operation, but no trace of the cancer more could be found. The doctor was of the opinion that this healing was a miracle. Brunson figured the cure to the prayers of friends of his wife. Louise developed shortly thereafter even a tumor. As for her husband the ulcer had disappeared after her surgery. In 1975, her daughter was diagnosed with scoliosis Doyla, but her spine healed completely within three months. She died at the age of 18 when she took because of a heart valve suffering too much potassium. During the following year, Brunson read much Christian literature and turned to Christianity.

His son Todd also plays poker professionally. In 2005, he won a tournament at the World Series in the variation of Omaha high / low, making the Brunson to the first father-son combination were to have won both a tournament at the World Series.

Investigation of the SEC

United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to German means about as much as Securities and Trade Commission of the United States.

On 14 December 2005 the Commission signed a document to enforce subpoenas from experts who have had to deal with unwanted Brunson's offer, the organizers of the World Poker Tour, WPT Enterprises, at a high price - significantly higher than the market value - to buy up. Shortly thereafter, the Commission, a public relations firm hired by Brunson and a website that he supports argued that the offer had been made publicly known. The Commission alleged that the publication of the offer, which was extensive media coverage, the share price of WPT Enterprises allowed to rise strongly.

When asked for details, they heard Brunson and his lawyers to immediately respond to the WPT Enterprises and the media. Instead, Brunson resigned after the handover of the bid from the negotiations. When the WPT Enterprises made ​​public the loss of contact to Brunson and his lawyers, the stock prices fell sharply, costing investors tens of millions of dollar market value. The offer eventually expired by its terms.

The Commission established formally whether Brunson's offer and the publication violated federal securities laws, particularly the anti -fraud provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. As part of the investigation, the Commission invited Brunson's lawyers before and took documents and witness statements. Brunson took advantage of his going forth from the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refused to testify. He forbade his lawyers, citing the confidentiality of the attorney-client relationship and the work product doctrine testify on critical aspects of the offer and ordered them to withhold certain documents. The investigating authorities, but they tried overturn this law with various justifications, because the secrecy does not apply, among other things, if the lawyer contact is used for the preparation of a crime. So they wanted to enforce that Brunson's company must release the documents and witness statements. An indictment did not take place. The procedure was discontinued in 2007.

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  • Brunson's nickname " Texas Dolly " was read to the fact that the American sports commentator Jimmy Snyder Brunson's name wrong. Snyder should imagine Brunson as " Texas Doyle ," said Brunson's name but incorrectly as "Dolly" from. The name has stuck to this day.
  • After Brunson two starting hands in Texas Hold'em are called. The first hand, a ten and a two, bears his name, because he could win the main event at the World Series of Poker so in two consecutive years. In both cases the cards to a full house were. Doyle has expressed his dissatisfaction to be known for a really weak starting hand in Texas Hold'em. The other hand is an ace with a lady. In Super / System Brunson stated several times that he would never play the really strong hand. Nevertheless, we saw Brunson often as he played this hand, so he left in the Main Event of the World Series of Poker 2007 with this hand.
  • Brunson supported the online poker room Doyle 's Room.
  • Doyle Brunson wrote the foreword by Barry Greenstein's Ace on the River