Doyle Brunson, widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential poker players of all time, has passed away.
Brunson’s family released a statement on Sunday night announcing his passing. Brunson was 89.
The statement from the Brunson family was shared on Twitter by Las Vegas Agency’s Brian Balsbaugh.
“‘It is with a heavy heart we announce the passing of our father, Doyle Brunson. He was a beloved Christian man, husband, father and grandfather. We’ll have more to say over the coming days as we honor his legacy. Please keep Doyle and our family in your prayers. May he rest in peace.’ Sincerely, the Brunson Family.”
Passing this on:
“It is with a heavy heart we announce the passing of our father, Doyle Brunson. He was a beloved Christian man, husband, father and grandfather. We’ll have more to say over the coming days as we honor his legacy. Please keep Doyle and our family in your…
— Brian Balsbaugh (@Balsbaugh) May 15, 2023
Several in the poker world sent their condolences to Brunson’s family and expressed their admiration for the legendary poker player.
RIP to Doyle Brunson. Like a lot of people my age, I went through a big Poker phase and he was a big reason why
The biggest legend in the game. Rest in Peace pic.twitter.com/DkaLGzNpIT
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) May 15, 2023
Unfortunately the passing of poker legend Doyle Brunson has been confirmed.
It's a very sad day as perhaps the greatest poker player the game has ever seen has passed. https://t.co/0Ve2Cw3EWp
— Chad Holloway (@ChadAHolloway) May 15, 2023
RIP Doyle Brunson. A true poker legend. pic.twitter.com/967MOHAJQe
— Alexandra Botez (@alexandrabotez) May 15, 2023
R.I.P to the legend Doyle Brunson, you will be very missed 😓 a sad day for the poker world pic.twitter.com/yQXNDNI4Gu
— LEGION | Joey Ingram 🐉 (@Joeingram1) May 15, 2023
Rest easy, Texas Dolly. You made Hold 'Em a game that's easy to learn and takes a lifetime to master. Hope you're enjoying the Big Game in the sky with Johnny Moss, Amarillo Slim, Mike Sexton, Chip Reese, and all those who made a living because of what you did. #RIPDoyle #WSOP https://t.co/eKXMse1s6x
— Stacy Albano – ⏭️ Damage CTRL since 7/30/2022 ⏮️ (@StacyAlbano) May 15, 2023
There will never be another Doyle Brunson
Doyle was @RadioAmanda favorite player by a mile
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) May 15, 2023
Brunson was a 10-time World Series of Poker Bracelet winner, with his wins spanning from 1976-2005. That includes back-to-back wins at the No Limit Hold’em World Championship, fka, the Main Event, in 1976 and 1977. In both years, his final hand was a 10-2. That starting hand has subsequently been named after him. Brunson is one of only four men to win the Main Event more than once.
Brunson was also an author, penning the poker strategy book, Super/System, which was published in 1978. An updated version, Super/System 2, came out in 2014.