Doyle Brunson Turns 81 (pics)

Doyle Brunson

When you think of the icons of the game of poker, one always stands out ahead of everyone else. Doyle Brunson is one of the true living legends of the game, a game that he has helped to grow from the smoky backrooms of its early days to the huge industry that it is that we all follow today.

‘Texas Dolly’ yesterday turned 81 years young and had what looked like a nice and quiet family affair to celebrate the achievement. He shared some pictures on Twitter with one of them displaying a birthday cake that just has to be seen to be believed.

He is one of the few remaining players to come from where it all began to see how it has turned out in the modern day. We are not sure he ever envisioned that poker would ever be on the scale that it is today but we are certain that he is a fundamental reason as to why it is.

He has ten World Series of Poker bracelets to his name, putting him in equal second place on the all-time rankings with both Johnny Chan and Phil Ivey and has just Phil Hellmuth ahead of him with 13. He also has more than $6 million in tournament earnings and probably has many more millions that he has won from cash games too.

He has always been a natural choice for many of the popular late night poker shows on television throughout the past where he often plays against the likes Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu and Tom Dwan.

Brunson might not play as many tournaments as he used to and actually skipped the World Series of Poker festival this year, but he is still a cash game regular and is known to play in some of the highest stakes games on the planet.

He is an inspiration to so many aspiring players across the world that would give almost anything to be able to sit at the same table and play some hands against the ‘Godfather of Poker’.

We want to wish Doyle Brunson a belated happy birthday and expect that there will be many more to come in the future. We also hope that he continues to show these young whippersnappers that he is still up there with the very best poker players out there.