Doyle Brunson

Doyle Brunson was born on August 10 1933, in Longworth, Fisher County, Texas, USA. He is a well-known poker player that was known as Texas Dolly. His poker career lasted for 50 years until he decided to retire.

He won the well-known World Series of Poker ( WSOP ) twice and was also the first poker player to win $1 million in a poker tournament. He is also a well-known poker writer with many books to his name. Furthermore, he is also an inductee in the Poker Hall of Fame.

How his Poker Career Started

When Doyle Brunson was young, he loved playing basketball, and his main goal was to play in the NBA. However, this dashed all hopes of pursuing his promising NBA career when he sustained a knee injury.

He then went on to study and got himself a Bachelors and master’s degree in administrative education.

In between his studies, he also learned how to play 5 card draw poker, became quite good at it, and beat many fellow students at the game.

After completing his studies, he got a job as a Salesman, and during his first day with his workmates, he played a game of seven-card stud poker. He won over one months salary in this game, which got him even more interested in playing poker professionally. This is exactly what he did when he left the Company within a few months of commencing his employment.

Doyle Brunson Playing Poker

Brunson and his friend Dwayne Hamilton initially played poker in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana at illegal poker houses run by organized crime syndicates.

They eventually parted ways, and Brunson moved to Las Vegas, where he won 10 World Series of Poker bracelets during his poker days.


Doyle Brunson eventually retired in June 2018 to spend more time with his wife, who was sick.