LAS VEGAS (AP) — Doyle Brunson, one of the most influential poker players of all time and a two-time world champion, died Sunday, his agent said.

Brunson was 89 years old.

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



FILE – Doyle Brunson plays on the third day of the main event of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas on July 11, 2013. Brunson, one of the most influential poker players of all time and a two-time world champion, died on Sunday May 11. 14, 2023, according to his agent. He was 89 years old. (John Locher/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP, File)

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

Called the Godfather of Poker and also known as “Texas Dolly,” Brunson 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.

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

Five-time WSOP winner Scotty Nguyen tweeted that he “can’t believe this day has come – you will always be high in our hearts, the man, myth, legend and GODFATHER of poker baby! Lord Brunson, you made poker what it is, baby! Thank you for what you give us all, baby! RIP Mr. Doyle Brunson THE GODFATHER OF POKER.”

His influence went beyond poker.

“This is a heartbreaker,” actor James Woods tweeted. “Doyle Brunson, the greatest poker player that ever lived, has cashed in on him.

“Doyle was very kind and helpful to me. He was courteous to my dear late brother and all the friends I introduced him to. A gentleman and a true legend.”

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