Doyle Brunson, the legendary poker player known as the “Godfather of Poker,” passed away on Sunday at the age of 89. Brunson was a two-time world champion and winner of 10 World Series of Poker (WSOP) tournaments, with a career spanning over five decades.
Brian Balsbaugh, Brunson’s agent, shared the news of his passing on Twitter, with a statement from the family expressing their grief and asking for privacy. Brunson was remembered as a beloved Christian man, husband, father, and grandfather.
Brunson’s contributions to the world of poker were immense. He wrote “Super System,” a groundbreaking book on poker strategy that has become a classic in the field. The book was published in 1979 and has since been updated and expanded, serving as a primer for generations of poker players.
Brunson’s legacy also extended beyond poker. He was known for his generosity, often using his winnings to help others in need. He was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1988, and his impact on the game continues to be felt today.
In addition to his poker prowess, Brunson was known for his colorful personality and sense of humor. He was always willing to share his knowledge and experience with other players, and his contributions to the game will be missed.
Many in the poker community took to social media to express their condolences and remember Brunson’s life and legacy. Five-time WSOP winner Scotty Nguyen tweeted, “you made poker what it is baby! thank you for what you give to all of us baby! RIP Mr. Doyle Brunson THE GODFATHER OF POKER.”
As the world mourns the passing of one of its greatest poker players, Doyle Brunson’s impact on the game and on those who loved him will continue to be felt for years to come.