Doyle Branson, a two-time world champion and one of the most influential poker players of all time, passed away on Sunday at the age of 89, according to his representatives. Branson’s agent, Brian Balsbaugh, posted a statement on Twitter, announcing the passing of the legendary player. Balsbaugh called Branson a “loving Christian, husband, father, and grandfather,” and asked for prayers for Branson’s family.
Branson, also known as “Texas Dolly,” won 10 World Series of Poker tournaments, placing him second only to Phil Hellmuth with 16 wins. He won the World Championships in 1976 and 1977 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame. In 1979, he wrote “Super System,” a book that delved into poker strategy and created a lasting impact that helped draw many others into the game.
The news of Branson’s passing has shocked and saddened the poker community. Five-time WSOP winner Scotty Nguyen tweeted, “I can’t believe this day has come. You are the man of poker, the myth, the legend, the godfather baby in our hearts. will continue to be highly rated in!” Actor James Woods called Branson the best poker player ever and said he was a gentleman and true legend.
Branson’s legacy goes beyond the game of poker. He was respected and admired by many, inside and outside of the poker world. Despite his success and influence, he remained humble and kind to those around him. His passing is a great loss for the game of poker and for those who knew and loved him.