Doyle Brunson Treats Crowd to Shock WSOP Return on Halloween


For these on the Rio All-Suite Lodge & On line casino on Sunday, no, that wasn’t a person dressed up as Doyle Brunson for Halloween (though, that may have a been an excellent costume). It actually was the poker legend himself making a shock return to the World Sequence of Poker, however it did not final lengthy.

Brunson arrived within the afternoon for Occasion #58: $1,000 Tremendous Seniors No-Restrict Maintain’em and instantly drew the eye of the packed room. He took his seat, greeted the opposite gamers at his desk, and appeared down at his first WSOP playing cards in three years.

Final Time He Competed on the WSOP

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The Poker Corridor of Famer final performed in a WSOP occasion in 2018 — Occasion #23: $10,000 No-Restrict 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship. His son, Todd Brunson, talked him into taking part in the day earlier than and it turned out to be a smart choice. Not solely did “Texas Dolly,” who hadn’t competed in a WSOP occasion for years, create a buzz on the Rio, however he additionally proved he can nonetheless compete at a excessive degree and reached the ultimate desk earlier than busting in sixth place for $43,965.

Brunson earned his first WSOP money since 2013 however fell in need of his eleventh bracelet. He hasn’t since competed within the annual poker extravaganza since however he did tease the chance of doing so this 12 months through a June tweet.

Again from ‘Retirement’

When Brunson left the Rio after busting from the ultimate desk in 2018, it was assumed that was the final time the poker world would see him compete within the WSOP. Three years later, now 88-years-old, the two-time Predominant Occasion champion needed to take yet another shot at a bracelet occasion in a sequence he as soon as dominated.

On Sunday, he entered Day 1 of the Tremendous Seniors event at round 3:30 p.m. PT. He was escorted to his seat by fellow Poker Corridor of Famer Mori Eskandani, long-time poker producer and President of PokerGO.

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Brunson raised to 1,600 proper off the bat on his first hand again on the WSOP. The massive blind moved all-in, forcing Brunson to muck his hand, which wasn’t uncovered. The poker legend laughed and his opponent confirmed {k-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} and “Texas Dolly” smiled and moved on to the following hand.

For these hoping to catch a glimpse of the poker legend in motion, you did not have a lot time. Brunson busted out of the event lower than an hour after he sat down to play.

He shoved his last 6,000 in pre-flop with {6-Hearts}{4-Spades} and bumped into the {a-Diamonds}{a-Hearts} of Jana Vondach, who received the hand after the board ran out {a-Spades}{k-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}. Brunson’s shot at an eleventh bracelet got here to an abrupt finish, however he did delight the group simply by exhibiting as much as compete yet another time.

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