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.