Doyle Brunson Plans to Play in WSOP 2017

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Doyle Brunson Plans to Play in WSOP 2017
25 May

It started with an innocuous Twitter reply to Maria Ho’s ‘food service’ conundrum – how to hide the waiter from knowing the meal for 4 is all for you – but now it seems that poker legend Doyle ‘Texas Dolly’ Brunson may well be outing in an appearance at this summer’s Vegas shindig.

It’s only a year since the 83-year old Texan decided he’d had enough of the long and tiring sessions, tweeting “Everybody…I’m not playing any WSOP events. Hours are too long,” his health not being up to it, but this time around it may be the health of his wife which decides if or how many events he ends up playing.

Brunson, of course, was the first back-to-back Main Event winner at the WSOP, taking down the 1976 and 1977 titles with his infamous 10/2 hand improving to a full house each time to finish things off, and adding another 8 bracelets to his collection in the four decades since. In recent years, however, he has tended to mostly play the cash games at Bobby’s Room in the Bellagio while the masses descend on the Rio for the bracelet events.

This year, though, could see him mixing things up – but he insists that anyone backing him in the Fantasy stakes or elsewhere should save their dollars, as he replied to Daniel Negreanu

The 2013 event was the last time Brunson went deep in the Main Event, 409th spot from 6352 starters giving the multi-millionaire just over $28K in pocket change. It was an earlier WSOP biggie which one Twitter fan recalled more, however, and a painful one at that – although Brunson did promise to slow down his scooter driving this time.

Legends of the game don’t stay around forever, although Doyle Brunson legacy will last as long as the game itself, but it would be great to see one of the original road gamblers making a final stand in the event’s crowning glory. My money, despite his own reservations, is if he plays, he cashes – just for old time’s sake.

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Andrew from Edinburgh, Scotland, is a professional journalist, international-titled chess master, and avid poker player.Read more


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