Doyle Brunson, the ‘Godfather of Poker’ and two-time world champ, dies at 89

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Doyle Brunson, one of the crucial influential poker gamers of all time and a two-time world champion, died Sunday at age 89.

Brian Balsbaugh, Brunson’s agent, posted a press release on Twitter from the household.

“It’s with a heavy coronary heart we announce the passing of our father, Doyle Brunson,” the assertion learn. “He was a beloved Christian man, husband, father and grandfather. We’ll have extra to say over the approaching days as we honor his legacy. Please maintain Doyle and our household in your prayers. Might he relaxation in peace.”

Brunson, known as the “Godfather of Poker” and also called “Texas Dolly,” gained 10 World Collection of Poker tournaments — second solely to Phil Hellmuth’s 16. He additionally captured world championships in 1976 and 1977 and was inducted into the Poker Corridor of Fame in 1988.

He wrote a guide known as “Tremendous System” in 1979, which was one of many first books to delve into poker technique and created an enduring influence that helped convey many others to the sport.

5-time WSOP winner Scotty Nguyen tweeted that he “can’t imagine at the present time has come — you’ll all the time be held excessive in our hearts, the person, the parable, the legend & THE GODFATHER of poker child! Mr Brunson, you made poker what it’s child! thanks for what you give to all of us child! RIP Mr Doyle Brunson THE GODFATHER OF POKER.”

Brunson’s affect carried past poker.

“This one is a heartbreaker,” actor James Woods tweeted. “Doyle Brunson, the best poker participant who ever lived, has cashed in his chips.

“Doyle was so type and useful to me. He was gracious to my late pricey brother and each buddy I launched him to. A gentleman and a real legend.”

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