Doyle Brunson was born in August 10th 1933. He is a professional poker player of American origin. He has been playing professional; poker for the past five decades. He was the first player to win the World Series of Poker’s main event twice in a row. He is also one of the people who are inducted in to the Poker Hall of Fame. Brunson has written a number of books on the game.
He was the first player to win $1 Million in a poker tournament; he has also accumulated 10 World Series of Poker bracelets in the course of his career. This is the second highest number of bracelets ever won by a single player following Phil Hellmuth’s eleven bracelets record.
Brunson is also one of the few players who have been able to win the World Series of Poker main events multiple times. He accomplished this feat by winning the 1976 and the 1977 tournament. Brunson has won the tournaments four times in a row; the only other person who has ever managed to do this is Bill Boyd. He was also among the first five players to ever win the WSOP Main Event and a World Poker Tour title at the same time. Bluff Magazine voted him the most influential poker player in their issue of January 2006.
In his earlier years, Brunson was part of All-State Texas Basketball Team. His basketball career came to an end after he sustained a knee injury. The end of his basketball career saw him concentration on his education. Brunson attained his bachelors’ degree in 1954 and went on to pursue masters in administrative education.
Brunson had started playing poker even before he got his injury. He found it very easy to play the five card draw. After he sustained his knee injury, he found himself playing poker more frequently. The money he was able to win from the games was used to cater for his expenses. On the first day of his job, Brunson was invited for a poker game. The seven-card stud game was able to earn him a whole month’s salary in less than three hours. Brunson later decided to leave his job and become a proficient poker player.
In the initial stages, Brunson participated in some of the illegal games played in Exchange Street, Fort Worth. He used to play with a friend of his called Dwayne Hamilton. With time, the pair decided to travel round the state of Texas in search of bigger games.
Brunson decided to settle down in Las Vegas. He takes part in the World Series of Poker since its first tournament in 1970. He plays in the main events and annually and even participates in the preliminary bracket events.