Doyle Brunson Decides to Sit Out 2013 WSOPMonday, May 20th, 2013 by Ryan
We all know about the World Series of Poker and the massive number of players that it draws in. This includes the players that you may not know, the professional poker players from all over the world, and even a wide range of amateur poker players as well who are looking for their shot at winning some serious money. Obviously though, if you are a fan of poker or one of the amateur players in Las Vegas at the time that the World Series is going on, then you probably have your eyes peeled to try to see some of the biggest names in poker. This includes the likes of the Phil Ivey’s of the game, the Phil Hellmuth’s, and of course players like Doyle Brunson. This is a great part of the World Series of Poker environment every year.
The 44th World Series of Poker (WSOP) is going to get underway in just around two weeks from now, and we are fully expecting that there are going to be a massive number of players out there. The events should be huge, the prizes will be huge, and everyone is always excited for the $10k Main Event. One player though who is officially not going to be playing in the 2013 World Series of Poker is going to be the massively popular Doyle Brunson. Brunson has been known as the “Godfather of Poker” for quite a while now, and he took to Twitter to let everyone know that he was going to be out this year. He tweeted: “Afraid I am finally gonna give in to Father Time and pass on tournament play at WSOP #toomanyhours”.
This is something that many players are going to be down about, but don’t worry just yet, as it’s likely that we’ll still be seeing Brunson at the Rio this year. There are some incredibly strong cash games offered while the World Series of Poker is running, and you are likely to find him playing some of the other games that are held not only at the Rio, but at the many different popular casinos all throughout Las Vegas. Brunson will also want to catch up with some of the other players of course, so he’ll likely be seen during tournament play at least catching some of the action, and also when the Main Event gets set to kick off.
Honestly, we really expected that Brunson was nearing his decision to retire from tournament poker for quite a while now, so it was a long time coming. Brunson is nearly 80 years old, and playing the massive number of hours that tournaments are going to take, and also the amount of days that a tournament could end up running will definitely be tough to do. Heck, it’s tough for any age player, even the young players who are fresh onto the live poker grind. He’s taken a good bit of time off of the tournament scene in recent years as well.
If you look back at the events that Brunson played in during past WSOP’s, you’ll see that in 2011 he played in seven events, and last year he only decided to play in four tournaments. He’s won a total of 10 different WSOP gold bracelets throughout his career, which leaves him tied for second all time, but the last one that he brought home was back in 2005. The tournament that he won that year was the $5,000 Short Handed No Limit Hold’em event. While only 301 players played in that event, the final table was an incredibly strong one that featured Scotty Nguyen, Minh Ly, Ayaz Mahmood, Jason Lester, and Layne Flack.
He did have a solid finish back in the 2009 World Series of Poker Europe, and this was the last time that he cashed in any World Series event. It came during the Championship Event that year, and he finished in 17th place. He did have another cash outside of the WSOP though, which came in 2011, when he was playing in the European Poker Tour’s London Main Event.
A large part of the start of the World Series of Poker Main Event in recent years has been when Doyle Brunson enters the Main Event to take his seat. All eyes get stuck to Brunson when he walks in, and everyone wants to see if he is going to be able to make that deep run through the field. When Brunson does get eliminated though, he will always get a standing ovation from anyone remaining in the field and anyone watching.
Brunson is one of the most well-respected, followed, and talked about poker players in the world, and it’s for good reason. While Brunson won’t be playing in this year’s World Series of Poker, he will still be talked about and get a ton of attention when he does show up at the Rio. It should be a great World Series, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated on the action as the tournaments get rolling.