The Legendary Doyle Brunson Biography

>> Sunday

Doyle Brunson is the oldest pokeri player and has been playing poker longer then any other poker player out there which is a huge accomplishment. Doyle was born on August 10th 1933 and has been playing poker for more then 50 years professionally. Doyle’s nickname is the Texas Dolly and that is because he was born in Texas. Brunson also has a hand named after him which is the 2/10 due to the fact he often gets lucky with this hand and has won some huge hands with those cards.

Brunson was born in a small town in Texas with a very small population and he often traveled by foot to other nearby cities. Doyle was one of the best basketball players in America in his time and probably would have played professionally if he didn’t incur a career ending injury. Doyle continued his education and obtained his Bachelor and Masters Degree before moving onto working in a salesman position. After a brief stint working as a salesman Doyle decided to leave his job and start playing poker professionally.

Through the early parts of Doyles career himself and Dwayne Hamilton (you can find his biography at poker30) played in all of the illegal internet poker games they could find in Texas. They eventually started branching off to other regions to find more action and saved up every penny they made at the tables. Poker wasn’t like it is today back then though and most of the illegal games had no rules so things would get crazy sometimes and Doyle has mentioned having guns pulled on him and such things.

Once Doyle and Dwayne saved up enough money to go to Vegas they left right away to try there shot at the big city. They lost all of the money they had saved up for there trip and at this point they decided a partnership was no longer feasible. Doyle remained to live in Vegas and continued to play poker and eventually built his bankroll back up to a comfortable level. Doyle still is one of the biggest cash players to this day and can be seen on the $4000/$8000 tables often in Vegas as well as online at a certain Italian site.

Doyle has had a lot of success playing in the WSOP and WPT as well with 10 WSOP bracelets which has him tied in second place all-time behind only Hellmuth. In the WPT Doyle has only won one bracelet, but has finished in the money five times over his career in the WPT. Brunson is one of the only players in history to win 2 WSOP main events as well winning in 76 and 77.

Apart from his stellar poker star resume, Brunson has also written multiple poker books with some selling thousands of copies worldwide. His poker book is one of his most recognized accomplishments and almost every poker player has read his book at least once. Doyle has been in poker practically since it started and helped shape the way that poker is operated today. You can still watch Doyle play on television a lot as he often makes appearances on TV shows. Doyle also owns his own poker room called DoylesRoom where you can play online poker with Doyle and many other professional poker players.


Professional Poker Player Chris Bjorin Biography

Born in Sweden, Chris Bjorin has made the move to London England due to a professional decision: it is a pro poker player’s paradise!

A highly skilled player, Chris Bjorin prefers keeping a low profile, which is the reason why even serious poker enthusiasts are not very familiar with his name. Yet, even though he actively avoids giving interviews or appearing on televised poker tournaments, because of his reserved demeanor, Chris is more likely to be found at a poker table trying to be as inconspicuous as possible. This attitude makes him stand out among the current lot of poker pros that play at sites like PokerStars, FullTiltPoker, as well as this site, all of whom love publicity and promoting themselves if not merchandise they are brand ambassadors for!

Thus, in this era of advertising and blatant self-promotion, it is a pleasant surprise to find someone as experienced, skilled and calm like Chris Bjorin who shuns the spotlight even after decades of playing pro poker.

It was only when he overcame his pet hate for giving news bytes to journalists that brief records about his early life were shared with the poker circuit regulars, that too, only after Bjorin started participating in live poker tournament and earned consistently good results; that was in the late 1980’s. He had been playing various games before he made it big on the tournament poker circuit.

However, it was due to his 2 WSOP bracelets that Chris Bjorin received his share of admiration because now he couldn’t prevent the media attention he had rightly earned because of winning the authoritative competitions in professional poker. His first WSOP bracelet came in 1997 when he participated and won in the $1500 Pot Limit Omaha game while his second came courtesy the $3000 No Limit Holdem event held in 2001.

The years 1992, 1997 and 2001 were also lucky for Bjorin because he cashed at 3 WSOP Main Events and secured his pro status even further while simultaneously participating in the World Poker Tour, though he didn’t quite make a mark there. As far as making the final table in a major poker competitive event is concerned, Bjorin has reached it once in the PPT (Professional Poker Tour) in a by-invitation only event.

He first showed promise as a star poker player in 1990 during a No Limit Hold’em tournament organized at the Manx Classic and has also traveled extensively for poker games in the Stud, Omaha and Razz categories held in different parts of the United States.

He was spurred to improve his game after the second place position he earned during the 1991 and 1994 WSOP events and worked hard to enhance his tournament strategies, so that persistence and practice paid off soon after and Bjorin earned his first bracelet along with $169,200 in 1997 for the pot-limit Omaha game.

A ninth place finish at the $10K NLHE Main Event’s final table the same year and his second WSOP bracelet in 2000 ensured his link with WSOP events serve him best, because this is where he shone brightly like a true star: with 57 cashes he skillfully earned at the Las Vegas Series. These consistent wins earned Bjorin 8th position in the history of poker and he continues to play his favorite card game that his earned him a sizeable $4,331,535 in total winnings besides nurturing his interest in sports betting. This article was provided by


NCAA Preview

>> Wednesday

Figured I'd put my entire preview in one post, I'll go through each region, giving you which teams are better than thought, which are worse and picks for the Final Four and Championship. One things for sure, this field is probably as hard as I can remember, only one team I felt any confidence in going to Houston. Maybe that means I'll win big, when if I had all the confidence in my Final Four, I'd probably lose it by Friday. Anyway, here's the regions.

East Region

This is with the West as the toughest region, a little more because of the name schools North Carolina, Syracuse and Kentucky are playing like their reputation, making it harder for number 1 overall Ohio St. Doesn't help that Washington, Xavier, West Virginia and George Mason play here too.

-Potential Cinderella: We have two, Marquette and Washington. The Huskies have Isaiah Thomas, who's capable of starting a long tourney run, while Marquette is one of the better coached teams in the Big Dance.

-Potential Pumpkin: North Carolina. I know they won the ACC and have Harrison Barnes, but they scared me in the ACC Tourney by trailing big in every game. Also, this year seems too soon for a Final Four Tar Heel team.

-Picks: OSU, Kentucky, Syracuse and Washington in Sweet 16. Kentucky and Cuse in Elite 8 and the Wildcats to win region. No one is picking Kentucky and I like how they're playing now. Plus, the early struggles I think will help them at this of year.

West Region

This is the other tough region, talent-wise, the top 4 seeds can each make the Final Four. Kyrie Irving will be back for Duke, Duke haters can only hope he doesn't transition seamlessly back into the flow for the Blue Devils, or you're looking at back-to-back titles.

-Potential Cinderella: This bracket is full of Cinderellas, as Oakland, Temple and Missouri all could outperform their seed; at least are the trending upset picks. Missouri gets that moniker because of Mike Anderson's pressure style, Oakland also plays uptempo and has an NBA-caliber big and Temple plays well in the halfcourt. Other possible Cinderella; Bucknell catching a tired UConn squad.

-Potential Pumpkin: UConn only because they are spent from the Big East Tourney (though it would have to be Kemba Walker who's spent), but Texas is a team I never like in the NCAA's. Rick Barnes is someone you should always pick against in the tournament; hell he couldn't even get the Longhorns to the Sweet 16 when Kevin Durant was playing there.

-Picks: Duke, Arizona, UConn and San Diego State reach Sweet 16 (Zona after beating Oakland in the "third round"). Duke and UConn face in the Elite 8 with Kemba taking the Huskies to the Final Four. Now don't sleep tomorrow against Bucknell.

Southwest Region

This bracket seems like it should go to Kansas. It's not too weak like we'll see in the Southwest, as Notre Dame, Purdue and Louisville are legitimately good. The Jayhawks, of course, will try to right the wrongs of last year's first round exit.

-Potential Cinderella: Richmond is good and can advance far, both VCU and Georgetown can outperform their seed. The Hoyas in particular are a potential Final Four team if Chris Wright is healed from his hand injury. Otherwise, they will be one and done.

-Potential Pumpkin: We outlined Georgetown, but Vanderbilt also stands to be an early loser. They probably are the most nondescript five seed that I can remember.

-Picks: Richmond gets the upset over Vandy, loses to Louisville in the second round (calling it third round before was sarcasm, we'll call the rounds correctly from now on). Louisville is joined by Kansas, ND and Purdue; with a Kansas/Purdue Elite 8 and Kansas heads to Houston.

Southeast Region

A horror show of a region that includes the worst 2 seed, the worst 3 and a 4 who lost their last game 36-33. All signs point to Pitt cleaning up this region, but if you know the history with the Pitt Panthers, you know that you can't make that assumption.

-Potential Cinderella: There are Cinderellas everywhere; Utah St, Belmont and Gonzaga as first round potential upset winners, with St. John's, UCLA and Michigan St as potential surprise Sweet 16's at the very least. Even Old Dominion is getting upset talk, the only 8/9 seed who's I think is getting that talk this year.

-Potential Pumpkin: Also littered, as Florida was overseeded at a 2 (unless you tell my Al Horford is coming back). BYU would have been the potential Final Four team, until they threw Brandon Davies off the team, now it's up to Jimmer to carry the Cougars as far as he can. Meanwhile, both Wisconsin and Kansas State are capable of losing early, the shame is the Wildcats probably could go far like last year, but get a tough draw in Utah State.

-Picks: I have Utah State over Belmont to go to the Sweet 16, joining Pitt, BYU and UCLA. Then the Panthers head to the Final Four with a win over the Bruins.

Final Four

UConn over Kentucky
Kansas over Pitt


Kansas over UConn

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