10th Aug 1933
Texas Dolly, The Godfather of Poker
Doyle Brunson was destined to be a professional basketball player until a knee injury ended his career. He took up poker instead and became a road gambler, travelling the southern states in search of big games, eventually hooking up with Brian “Sailor” Roberts and Amarillo “Slim”. Brunson attended the first ever WSOP in 1970 and has played every year since, winning the Main Event in 1976 and 1977. On both occasions his winning hole cards were 10-2, a hand that is now named after him. He has ten WSOP bracelets in all, a feat surpassed only by Phil Hellmuth, and a WPT title.
In 1978 Brunson published Super/System, the first book to offer insights into the strategy and thinking of a professional poker player, something he believes cost him a lot of money. In 2009 Brunson’s memoirs, The Godfather of Poker: The Dolye Brunson Story, were published. He remains the most respected andf well-loved figures in the game.
Interview: Doyle Brunson