Poker Great Doyle Brunson Dead at 89

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The poker world was mourning overnight Sunday and will likely be waking up to the sad news that the great Doyle Brunson has passed away at the age of 89.


Brunson was a ten time World Series of Poker champion and good friend of the website.  His DoylesRoom Poker Room would go on to become Americas Cardroom in 2011.

"It is with a heavy heart we announce the passing of our father, Doyle Brunson," Brunson's family said in a statement, which was posted on Twitter by Brian Balsbaugh, Brunson's agent. "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."

"Doyle was one of the kindest men I have ever met," recalled's Jenny Woo upon learning of the news.  "I am so saddened to hear of his passing.  Having been part of his roast years back was such a true honor."


Brunson, known as "Texas Dolly" and the "Godfather of Poker," was a member of the Poker Hall of Fame, inducted in 1988 when he was age 54. He had more than $6 million in live tournament earnings.

Brunson played basketball at Hardin-Simmons and once dreamed of playing in the NBA before a knee injury derailed that opportunity.


Across Twitter the tributes began pouring in with #WSOP the top trending topic late Sunday.

Poker has truly lost a legend this day.

He is survived by his wife, Louise; his son, Todd; and his daughter, Pam.


- Chris Costigan, Publisher

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