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DOYLEISM OF THE DAY: “A clear conscience is usually a sign of a bad memory.”

by Doyle Brunson |  Published: Jun 17, '10


After playing 5 events at the WSOP I still haven’t cashed. I played the worst poker of my life yesterday in the Omaha 8 or Better. I had little interest in the event and played like a rank beginning. At least I got down to the final 30 players in 3 of the 5 tournaments. I may take a few days off and try to figure out my lack of enthusiasm. It’s hard enough to win when you are focused so I’ve gotta turn things around.

I noticed a few men entered the ladies tournament. I think they should be barred from entering anymore events this year. I suppose the WSOP had to allow them to enter but what self respecting man would stoop to entering a ladies tournament?

Congrats to Phil Laak for breaking the existing Guinness record for playing longer than any recorded session. Phil played 115 hours with no drugs, not even caffeine. Not to take away from his remarkable achievement, when I was 25 years old I played 5 days and nights.  But I drank tons of coffee. I also saw two old time cowboy poker players Johnny Moss and Paul Harvey, play from Monday morning until Friday night. They slept Saturday and Sunday and came back the next Monday morning and played until the next Friday night. They also drank a lot of coffee so that makes Phil’s 115 hours a credible mark.

There has been a lot of ink about Annette Obrestad and me and our “feud”. Actually I believe now that Annette’s remark about cash game players vs. online players was taken out of context. That’s an old argument and will never be proven either way. My response was ill-advised and very inappropriate. I should know better after all these years of listening to poker talk.

I didn’t mean to offend anyone in my last blog about being an atheist. This is America and you can believe whatever you want. What I don’t understand is why most atheists, particularly the younger ones, get so angry when someone does profess their faith. I’ve listened and studied both sides and I can’t imagine believing there is not a higher power. As for Christianity, there was one compelling fact that convinced me. Almost all of the scholars believe the Jewish scribes kept accurate records. Those records say that all of Jesus’ disciples met violent deaths (except Paul). Every one of them died saying Jesus was God the Son. That’s pretty impressive. But don’t get mad at me because I believe and I won’t be mad at you if you don’t.

P.S. Elpokero, I admire your work and commend you for it. Did you know that my daughter Pam was the executive director for the largest retirement center in California?


Doyle "Tex Dolly" Brunson is a 10-time WSOP bracelet winner, best-selling author, and is known worldwide as the father of modern poker. His list of poker accomplishments and awards are endless.

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