Doyle Brunson - A True Poker Legend
The history of poker has seen many great players. Doyle "Texas Dolly" Brunson is perhaps the most famous one. Whether you're a fan of big live events, like the World Series of Poker (WSOP), or prefer Internet gambling, his name will show up. Brunson is known as "The Godfather of Poker", and has been in the game for more than 50 years. He has become world champion of poker two times, 1976 and 1977, and won many other big tournaments as well, including 8 more WSOP golden bracelets. In addition to this "Texas Dolly" has proved himself in the high stakes cash games in Las Vegas.
This long and exciting journey began in Longworth, Texas, where Brunson was born in 1933. He describes himself as a "country farm boy who grew up in a tiny town of less than 100 people." He didn't start playing poker on a serious level until a knee injury put at stop to a promising athletic career.
"That's the reason I have to use this crutch today. The injury got progressively worse. Once I accepted the fact my career in sports was over, I started playing poker to support myself", Brunson has said.
Over the years Brunson has played all the other poker legends, like Johnny Moss and Stu Ungar. He has watched the game develop and turn into a million dollar industry. Things were a little different, when Doyle as a young man played poker on the north side of Fort Worth.
"Let me tell you, that area was the toughest place in the world to play poker. Thieves, robbers, and killings were common place up there. That's where I really got my training, you might say. The big money was in the games up on what we called the 'Bloodthirsty Highway' where everybody there was some kind of an outlaw. They were thieves, pimps -- a real bad element", he has said.
Brunson is still able to match the best poker players in the world. For example, he won the Legends of Poker on the World Poker tour in august 2004. The 73-year old keeps up with the technical developments as well. He runs his own Internet Casino, Doyle's Room, and has written a book containing advice on online poker. Of course, that is not that only poker book Brunson has written.
His "Super/System" is known as a poker bible and considered to be one of the most important poker books of all time. It was the first book that provided a winning no limit texas holdem strategy, and its aggressive guidelines have become the standard play for today's Internet poker wizards.