Poker news | May 15, 2023
Poker Legend Doyle Brunson has passed away at the age of 89
By RTR Dennis
Doyle Brunson, the legendary poker player and two-time World Series of Poker Main Event champion, passed away on May 14, 2023, at the age of 89. Brunson's impact on the game of poker and the gambling world as a whole cannot be overstated. His contributions to the game were immense, and his influence will continue to be felt for years to come.
Born on August 10, 1933, in Longworth, Texas, Brunson's passion for poker began at an early age. He played in underground games throughout Texas and later in Las Vegas, where he moved in the early 1950s to pursue his poker career. Brunson quickly established himself as a force to be reckoned with at the poker table, and his list of accomplishments is staggering.
Brunson won ten World Series of Poker bracelets, including back-to-back Main Event titles in 1976 and 1977, and is widely considered one of the greatest poker players of all time. He was also a prolific author, writing several books on poker strategy that are considered must-reads for serious players.
Beyond his accomplishments at the poker table, Brunson was a beloved figure in the poker community. His kindness, humor, and generosity were legendary, and he was always willing to lend a helping hand or offer advice to up-and-coming players.
Brunson had a long history working with RakeTheRake and was as much a gentleman as you would expect from the Godfather of Poker. He will be sorely missed by all that knew him, including our CEO Karim, we've included a little video below we worked on together over a decade ago, although the memory of this meeting is still fresh in our minds.
Brunson's legacy will live on in the countless players he inspired and the impact he had on the game of poker. His contributions to the game will be studied and celebrated for generations to come.
Doyle Brunson was more than just a poker player. He was a pioneer, a mentor, and a true ambassador of the game. His passing is a tremendous loss to the poker world, and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Rest in peace.