Doyle Branson, Revered Poker Godfather and Twice Crowned World Champion, Passes Away at 89 – NBC4 Washington

Poker legend Doyle Brunson passed away on Sunday at the age of 89, his representatives confirmed. Brunson’s agent, Brian Balsbaugh, shared a statement from the family on Twitter, announcing the news and expressing their gratitude for the outpouring of support. Brunson was a devout Christian, a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

Known as the Godfather of Poker and ‘Texas Dolly’, Brunson won ten World Series of Poker (WSOP) tournaments, second only to Phil Hellmuth with his 16th. He won the World Championships in 1976 and 1977 and was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. His 1979 book “Super System” was a groundbreaking work on poker strategy and helped popularize the game.

Scotty Nguyen, a five-time WSOP winner, paid tribute to Brunson on Twitter, calling him a myth, a legend, and a godfather and thanking him for his contributions to the game of poker. Brunson’s influence extended beyond poker, as evidenced by actor James Woods’ tweet expressing his sadness and admiration for the greatest poker player of all time.

Brunson’s legacy will live on as a trailblazer and icon in the world of professional poker. His passing is an immense loss to the poker community and the wider sports world. Rest in peace, Doyle Brunson, and may his family find comfort during this difficult time.

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