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DOYLEISM OF THE DAY: “It’s far easier to forgive an enemy after you’ve gotten even with him.”

by Doyle Brunson |  Published: Jul 15, '10


The 2010 WSOP is over finally. At least my part is finished and I’m sweating Johnny Chan and rooting for him. I had a bad series, playing nine events without cashing. I feel I played reasonably good in six of them but played two poorly and one extremely bad. I was on a losing streak going into the World Series of Poker and I’m a complete bottom line guy and don’t believe in making excuses. I do still have a very good memory and I review my play in my mind after every game. While I can see a couple of things that I’ve been doing that are definitely wrong, it seems I’ve been unlucky and am playing well enough that I should be winning. But I’m going to take a little time off, come back to the cash games and re-evaluate my game.

For all the people that have asked about the results of Daniel Negreanu and my bets in the main event, I’ve won two and lost one. It was a lot of fun sweating the tournament and while our bets weren’t 7 figures, they were large enough to be interesting.

All my neighbors were referring to my backyard as Brunson’s Brothel because all the feral cats came to a spot over my waterfall to give birth to their kittens. My family was trapping the kittens and taking them to no-kill shelters and vets for adoption. The daddy of almost all of the kittens was a scoundrel Siamese cat. He is white and has the cutest offspring you can imagine. We tried to adopt two of them but my wife is so allergic we had to give them up. It’s really a shame because they were a lot of fun. I’m putting out cat repellent, which is nothing but pepper, to close down Brunson’s Brothel.

My high school class is having our 60th reunion this fall and I can’t wait to see some of my old friends. The class of 1950 has had a reunion every five years and we have really developed some strong bonds among us. We have lots of success stories from our class, all the way from State Senators, famous lawyers, award winning journalists, and lots of distinguished teachers and educators. I was the black sheep of the class but thank goodness, they finally accept me and my profession. Took a while though. :)


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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10 years ago

Great blog Doyle, I'm on dinner break now of day 6, any advice, this is so much fun, I have 1.2 million right now, and I haven't been all in all day today, or well time to pee and get back at it, it was nice meeting you too, keep it real.


10 years ago

It's a bummer that you're frustrated by your performace at the WSOP this year. I don't have decades of experience but tourneys overall seem frustrating to me, that's why I prefer cash games generally. Tourneys seem to turn in to a big all-in luck-fest at certain points. It's frustrating to do well and play well for hour after hour at a tourney, then at some point later, you simply have to make a stand for all your chips, and even if you get 'em in with the best hand, just one unlucky card and all the time and effort are for naught.

Have a nice rest period and best of luck witht the cash games when you come back to playing. I hope Mr. Chan has a great showing as well for you.


10 years ago

Oops, sorry I posted before reading in the Las Vegas Sun that Johnny Chan busted out! "11 in '11" he says, and let's hope that's so for both of you.

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