Doyle Bronson, ‘Godfather of Poker’, dies at 89


May 15, 2023 | 12:09 am

Doyle Brunson, one of the most influential poker players of all time and a two-time world champion, passed away on Sunday, according to his agent.

Bronson was 89 years old.

Brian Balsbaugh, Brunson’s agent, posted a statement on Twitter from the family.

Doyle Bronson has passed away at the age of 89.

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our father, Doyle Bronson,” the statement read. He was a beloved Christian man, husband, father and grandfather. We’ll have more to say over the coming days as we respect his legacy. Please keep Doyle and our family in your prayers. May he rest in peace.”

Brunson, nicknamed the Godfather of Poker and also known as “Texas Dolly”, has won 10 World Series of Poker tournaments – second only to Phil Hellmuth’s 16.

He also captured world championships in 1976 and 1977 and was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1988.

Doyle Brunson was considered the godfather of poker.

He wrote a book called “The Super System” in 1979, which was one of the first books to delve into poker strategy and created a lasting impact that helped bring many others to the game.

Five-time WSOP winner Scotty Nguyen tweeted: “I can’t believe this day has come – deep in our hearts you will always be the man, legend, legend and godfather of poker kid! Mr. Bronson, you made poker what it is baby Thank you for what you have given us all, darling! Mr. Doyle Bronson ripped Lord Booker.”

His influence went beyond poker.

“Heartbreaking,” tweeted actor James Woods. Doyle Bronson, the greatest poker player who ever lived, collected his chips.

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“Doyle was so kind and helpful to me. He was so generous to my dear late brother and every friend I ever made him. A gentleman and a true legend.”

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