Doyle Brunson tweeted late Tuesday night that he will be sitting out tournament play at the WSOP this summer. Brunson is 79-years old and said that Father Time was beginning to get the upper hand. Let's face it, you can't bluff time and that would mean Brunson's outstanding 10-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet wins would stand through poker history.
TexDolly Doyle Brunson
Afraid I am finally gonna give in to Father Time and pass on tournament play at WSOP. #toomanyhours 2013-05-14
Brunson is known as "The Godfather of Poker" and over the last few years he has played in fewer gold bracelet events each year in the summer. He played in just seven events in 2011 with total buy-ins of $93,000; 2012 found him playing just four events with total buy-ins of $67,500. Brunson played the majority of events in bigger, mixed-game events each year where the average buy-in was over $13,000.
Brunson's last WSOP cash in his esteemed career record was in 2009 where he finished 17th in the WSOP Europe £10,000 Main Event in London for £31,198. And his last cash at the WSOP at the Rio in Las Vegas was previously in that year where he finished seventh after final-tabling the $10,000 World Championship Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo event for $62,234.
Brunson's 10th gold bracelet came in the $5,000 Short-Handed No-Limit Hold'em event for $367,800 making it the third biggest score of his poker career.
Brunson's WSOP Gold Bracelets
|2005||$5,000 Short-Handed No-Limit Hold'em||$367,800|
|1998||$1,500 Seven-Card Razz||$93,000|
|1991||$2,500 No-Limit Hold'em||$208,000|
|1979||$600 Mixed Doubles||$4,500|
|1978||$5,000 Seven-Card Stud||$68,000|
|1977||$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em World Championship||$340,000|
|1977||$1,000 Seven-Card Stud Split||$62,500|
|1976||$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em World Championship||$230,000|
|1976||$5,000 Deuce-to-Seven Draw||$80,250|
Perhaps Brunson will magically appear this summer at the Rio, racing down the halls and through the WSOP tournament tables to take his seat and 'get the next hand' or perhaps this is really it. If his WSOP career is truly over, one of the greatest poker icons of all time will leave fans, players, and media without the bright spot of his smile shining out from under his cowboy hat as he races down the corridors on his scooter.
On the subject of scooters and racing, Brunson and fellow Poker Hall of Fame member Thomas "Amarillo Slim" Preston entertained the crowds — and themselves — in the Rio Rascal 500. The video of the scooter race: