Doyle Brunson

Hollywood and Vegas come together to celebrate Doyle Brunson

Name: Doyle Brunson.

Also Known As: Texas Dolly, the Godfather of Poker.

The Man: Arguably the finest player ever dealt pocket aces (or a 10-2, the hand that bears his name), Doyle Brunson was the first person to win a $1 million poker tournament. In a career spanning over 50 years, Brunson has won ten World Series of Poker bracelets, ranking him second alongside Johnny Chan below Phil Hellmuth (11 bracelets). That includes two WSOP main event titles in 1976 and 1977.

The Bible: Doyle Brunson’s Super System, his own personal guide to playing poker, is universally considered the best poker handbook in history. Originally published in 1979, his long-awaited sequel, Super System 2, was published in 2005. In his introduction to the original Super System, Brunson wrote, I thought playing poker was tough. That was before I started trying to create a poker course.

The Party: On October 17th, 2005, Light Nightclub at the Bellagio hosted the Doyle Brunson Player Appreciation Party. The event was sponsored by and some of Hollywood’s finest came out to pay their respects. Among them were poker pros like Gus Hansen and Jennifer Harman, poker entrepreneur Jack Binion, and Hollywood superstar Leonardo DiCaprio. But Doyle’s favorite guests just might have been the young models courtesy of At 72 years old, Doyle Brunson still had plenty of living (and playing) left to do.

In 2010 five years later, Doyle has not really changed and keep on his busy poker career. Both as a player and as a poker entrepreneur, as he runs Doyle’s Room and Doyle’s Casino. So if you are thinking about retiring, think twice. At 77 Doyle is an example to follow of someone who keeps his intellect intact in his old age.

Doyle Brunson has ten WSOP bracelets but he could surprise us all and win an eleventh one, thus equaling the current record held by Phi Hellmuth. Good luck, Doyle.