Doyle Brunson steps away from tournament poker?

Poker legend waving goodbye to WSOP?

After 10 WSOP bracelets and almost half a century in the game, Doyle Brunson has dropped a significant hint this week that the tournament side of his wonderful poker career may be over. On June 9th he tweeted the following: “Everybody….I’m not playing any WSOP events. Hours too long.” When asked a follow up question about whether he will ever play one again, Brunson replied “probably not.”

Doyle Brunson
Doyle Brunson: “Everybody….I’m not playing any WSOP events. Hours too long.”

While this doesn’t mean that Brunson is permanently retired from all WSOP events, it does indicate that there is a fairly strong chance he will not been seen playing at the WSOP again. In many respects, this brings the first glorious chapter of the WSOP full circle. Of the seven men who contested the very first WSOP Main Event in 1970, four have since passed away, and Brunson was the final one of the remaining three who still competed at the WSOP.

Still grinding the cash games

Despite Brunson indicating that he is unlikely to play at the WSOP again, he remains very involved in cash games, stating that he often plays for 8 or 9 hours during a day. It appears that although Brunson clearly still enjoys poker, he has reached the age where he is far more comfortable being able to choose when he plays, which isn’t an option when competing in tournaments.

The last recorded WSOP cash for the much loved poker veteran came in 2013, when he finished 409th place in the Main Event. He busted out with what many would consider an uncharacteristically loose play, which perhaps signalled his fading desire to be a part of long tournament sessions day after day. Doyle Brunson has had to overcome cancer in the last couple of years too, and the fact that he still has the energy to put many hours into cash games is admirable. If he does choose to never play another WSOP event, then the series will surely miss him, but will remain thankful to the man who helped this amazing series become what it is today.

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