Doyle Brunson Retires from WSOP

 Poker’s elder statesman Doyle Brunson has announced his retirement from World Series of Poker tournaments. The ten-time bracelet winner announced on Twitter that he had to “give in to Father Time”. This news comes only a few months after Brunson suffered a cancer scare. This was the reappearance of a malignant melanoma which has intermittently bothered the ‘Godfather of Poker’ throughout his adult life.


As the winner of the WSOP Main Event in 1976 and 1977, Doyle Brunson (79) has been a familiar figure at the series. In recent years, he has travelled around the casino floor with the aide of a personal scooter mobility device. Already established as ‘The Godfather of Poker’, ‘Texas Dolly’ has been a near ever-present figure on televised poker cash games and tournaments since the establishment of High Stakes Poker, Poker After Dark and others. Brunson has also assumed a natural position as an ambassador for the game, often expressing his opinions on controversial topics in interviews, on Twitter and on his personal blog.

Since winning his tenth WSOP Bracelet in 2005, tournament success has largely eluded Brunson. Although he later reneged on the decision, Brunson announced his intention to avoid the WSOP Main Event last year, citing the long days of play as too demanding for a man of his advanced years. It remains to be seen whether Brunson, a regular at the exclusive high stakes table at Bobby’s Room, will continue to play televised cash games or play shorter sessions elsewhere in Las Vegas this summer. With the annual boom of cash games running alongside the WSOP at The Rio, it must be likely that his trademark cowboy hat will remain one of the iconic sights in Las Vegas summers for many years to come.

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