Doyle Brunson

Nickname Texas Dolly, Big Papa, Godfather of Poker
Born August 10,1933 at Texas
Residence Las Vegas, USA
WSOP Bracelets 10
WSOP Cashes 35
Live Tournament Earnings $6,000,000
Doyle Brunson
Doyle Brunson


Doyle F. Brunson, an American poker player was born and brought up in a small town of Longworth (Texas). He completed high school from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. Since his childhood, Doyle had a love for sport. While doing his studies, he managed to continue his interest and became an athlete. Soon he joined the All-state Texas Basketball Team and in 1950 participated in Texas Interscholastic Track Meet and won the one-mile event.

When Doyle was sure about pursuing his career as a basketball player; unfortunately he met with an accident and lost his ability to walk as his leg was bruised badly into pieces. This accident changed his life forever. He was completely shattered but had positive hopes in heart. He opted to continue his studies again and got a master’s degree in administrative education in 1954. In the meanwhile, Brunson started playing poker. Although, Doyle played it for fun but his winnings helped him to pay his expenses.

Soon after his graduation, he took a job as a business machines salesman. On the very first day he got an invitation from his colleagues to play seven-card stud where he earned more than a month’s salary in just 3 hours. It was the most unforgettable moment for him which happened to be the turning point of his career. He left his job and started playing poker professionally.

His journey in the world of poker began with small stake games at Exchange Street in Texas with his friend Dwayne Hamilton. Together they traveled around Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana, and started playing for higher stakes and met many fellow professionals. Soon, Hamilton moved back to Fort Worth, while Doyle continued his journey with other professionals.

After a huge loss in Las Vegas, Brunson finally decided to get settled in Las Vegas. With all his skills he made up to many WSOP events. The poker pro wrote a book Super/System which was originally self-published in 1978. Its second edition came out in 2004. Presently, he is residing in Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife Louise, son Todd and daughter Pamela. His son and daughter also love to play poker. In Fact, Todd has won a bracelet in Omaha Hi-Lo at the 2005 WSOP. And His daughter Pamela also played in the 2007 World Series of Poker and 2009 World Series of Poker.


Doyle’s WSOP bracelets include-






1976 7th Annual World Series of Poker
No Limit Deuce to Seven Lowball (Event 3)


$5,000 buy-in



1976 7th Annual World Series of Poker
World Championship – No Limit Hold’em (Event 8)


$10,000 buy-in



1977 8th Annual World Series of Poker
World Championship – No Limit Hold’em (Event 13)


$10,000 buy-in



1978 9th Annual World Series of Poker
Limit 7 Card Stud (Event 4)


$5,000 buy-in



1979 10th Annual World Series of Poker
Mixed Doubles – Seven Card Stud (Event 4)


$600 buy-in



1991 22nd Annual World Series of Poker 
No Limit Hold’em (Event 16)


$2,500 buy-in



1998 29th Annual World Series of Poker 
Limit Razz (Event 2)


$1,500 buy-in



2003 34th Annual World Series of Poker
Limit H.O.R.S.E (Event 9)


$2,000 buy-in



2005 36th Annual World Series of Poker
NL Hold’em Short-Handed (Event 31)


$5,000 buy-in