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DOYLEISM OF THE DAY: “Nothing sucks more than the moment you realize you were wrong during a heated argument.”

by Doyle Brunson |  Published: Aug 11, '10

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I just got back from Texas again. It’s like stepping into another world when I get there. The economy is thriving and the people are optimistic, quite a far cry from the doom and gloom you hear around Vegas. The oil wells, wind farms, dairy farms, cattle ranches and cotton and peanut farms seem to make the residents of West Texas have plenty of money. that translates into successful restaurants, shops, banks, etc. We tend to live in our own small part of the world and we just forget just how big our planet is.

Because I came from the farming country, I found some interesting changes. When I was young we used to watch the skies praying for rain to enable our cotton to grow. We had to fight boll weevil, lice, rabbits that ate the cotton, etc. We had to spray the cotton, chop the weeds out of it, then harvest it by hand. Today’s farmers have a new strain of cotton that eliminates the weevils and lice completely. They spray the young cotton one time which kills all the weeds. Most of the farms are irrigated and harvested mechanically. In the meantime, a single tractor can cost upward of $250,000. Farmers have to have lots of crops to afford all the machinery they have to buy.

Another interesting thing was as I was driving away from the Midland-Odessa airport, I could see hundreds of cars parking in a giant field. They were having a huge three-day concert by a group of rockers called Rock the Desert. I googled them and they play Christian rock music. Lots of Christian folks down in Texas, again a far cry from the majority of young people around Vegas.

My sister had just gotten a cast off her broken arm when I arrived. She had fallen on her patio and snapped the bone. I think falling is one of the primary dangers in older poeple’s lives. Puggy Pearson got up to go to the bathroom, slipped and hit his head, killing him. My old golfing buddy, Fred Barnes from Mobile, fell backward going up some steps, killing himself instantly. I saw a boy from Amarillo who told me Amarillo Slim had fallen down a flight of stairs, breaking 5 ribs. I know my crutch has saved me many times.

Nothing much to do in Andrews, TX so I watched a lot of TV.  While I was there I watched a couple things I had no idea about on 60 Minutes. turkey is 90% Muslim (I googled it and 98% profess the Islamic faith) and has mosques everywhere where they go to pray 5 times a day. If the current trend continues, Muslims will control the world in just over 1/2 a century.

The other thing that amazed me was that our country spends 55 billion dollars a year on terminally ill people during the last two months of their lives. Even if the patients in a hospital have a clause in their will or living trust (as I have) about declining any use of life support, the money is spent giving almost useless tests from head to toe. Good Googa Mooga! I know I won’t die tied down to some hospital bed hooked up to some machine.

I’d like to thank the hundreds, maybe thousands, of people that wished me Happy B-day on Facebook and Twitter. I ran out of room on Twitter trying to read the messages and my e-mail overflowed with messages on my wall from Facebook. I was surprised at the  number of folks that had the same birthday as mine. Even though I remember the old gambler/con man Titanic Thompson used to have all sorts of proposition bets about that. I believe if you take 22 random people you are a big favorite to find two with the same birthday. I’m pretty sure if you take 50 random people you will find one that has your B-day. Titanic had other props but I’m not sure what the B-day props were. Anyway, I know my lucky number has always been 7 and now I have a pair of 7′s to draw to :)

-DB

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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LoProPoker
10 years ago

I wish I could hear stories from Doyle all day.Would love to hear more about Titanic Thompson he sounds like a real character.

 
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VoiceOfReason
10 years ago

Yes he can!!

 
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dsgnr4hire
10 years ago

Hey I_P_Freely, it's amazing how ignorant you are accusing Obama (as usual) of playing God. Wasn't that the scare tactic that you teabaggers used during the health care dabate...death panel or something?? Word of advice...stop watching Fixed News!

 
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hitking1
10 years ago

Could not agree more dsgnr4hire, stop watching fixed news like CNN MSNBC and the like. If you want it straight and real watch FOX news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU BUNCH OF OBAMA MINIONS!!!!!!!!!!

 
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hishga
10 years ago

I think its 47.5% chance of a repeat B-day with 22 people. I think its (365*364*363.......*345*344 / 366^22) This results in a Failure rate of .52525 or 52.5% failure to find a repeat B-day. So the Titanic might have been a bit off on his bet, seems like a winner to me. For the record, including Leap day only affects it like .01%.

 
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hishga
10 years ago

Add one more person and your a 50.62% favorite to get a Repeat, so say 22 people plus yourself! I can't wait to bet this.

As for the 50 people matching your birthday thing I think its only like ~%13. Not 100% sure on my math but I feel pretty close.

Someone Double check me.

 
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oldeschoolpkrr
10 years ago

Here is a lesson for the whole country....

Texas has followed Reaganism, and has been faithful to republican ideas and governance...and it is booming....

California....has gone down the Obama, socialist agenda...following the liberal line....AND IS BROKE and getting worse all the time...

Anybody out there listening?

Remember this when you vote this november..........

 
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bubbledonk
10 years ago

Doyle,

I live in Texas and if you want to paint this beautiful picture of a state that has their act together,feel free, but at least get the facts straight. The economy in Texas is far from booming (except west texas). I own a construction company and local development is down over 50%( San Antonio/ Austin). People cant afford to build much less buy. Very few people can get approved for home loans and your fellow Christians are the sole reason we have to risk our safety and freedom in order to play cards. If you think someones choice in faith makes them any better than anyone else than you probably should move back to west Texas. West Texas is still tied at the hip with all the oil companies that have controlled our country. I use to be a fan of yours but the more I hear of your opinions, the more I realize you are no different from most other close minded conservatives. You just happen to be one hell of a card player.

 
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oldeschoolpkrr
10 years ago

And Doyle...the fact is that Christianlity is the fastest growing religion and is actually twice the size of Islam. Islam will never catch up...that is why they try to converrt and conquer by force. They will never 'take over the world'. God sent them into the desert with their father Ishmael (the illegitimate son of Abraham)...and that is where they belong......

 
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FinanceSkeptic
10 years ago

0@striike have you ever taken a statistics class? According to your theory, if you have 400 people in a room the odds are over 100% that someone shares your birthday. You would need x where 1-(364/365)^x = .5. So the answer is 253, not 182.

 
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Shinto_Pavlowski
10 years ago

Hay dolly does todd or pam still have there "buck 4 luck" coins...forgot 2 mention 2 them they will bring them good fortune 4 the 2011 wsop . :)

 
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Shinto_Pavlowski
10 years ago

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TheSal
10 years ago

Happy belated Birthday Doyle! Missed that somehow, haven't been online as much as usual lately. Texas has a vastly diverse economy and good business climate. The state always seems to do at least fairly well even during downturns. Of course, it doesn't hurt that oil prices have been relatively steady lately (meaning: 'not crashing'), especially out in West Texas. And I think the weather has been pretty good for farming and ranching this year.
You're right about older folks falling and just accidents in general. My Dad got hit, or bumped, apparently at low speed, by a pickup when he was crossing the street with his walker! I said, "Dad, how the hell can someone not see you when it's daylight in an area full of pedestrians and you're going .002 MPH? Are you going to sue? It's a pedestrian area, obviously the guy's fault." "No, hell no, I don't go around suing everyone and his brother over a simple accident, I healed up and everything's OK."
That shows you another reason why Texas does well - the attitude of the people. It's not all about the fast bucks and screw the other guy if he gets in your way so much, especially in the more rural areas. A lot of solid values and long-term outlook, build business that lasts and put the hard work and time into things and grow slow and steady.
Haters, don't bother telling me all the faults of Texas, problems with bigotry and lack of education and whatnot .. believe me I'm all too familiar with it. I could write for a couple of hours on that topic, too. But here, I'm extolling some of the things that keep the Texas economy going steady when some other states are wildly up and down like a blackjack player's bankroll.

 
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TheSal
10 years ago

Also @oldeschoolpkrr - I'm more libertarian than republican myself but you're SO right about how obvious it is that the Texas way works and the California way doesn't.

But what is really, truly amazing is how many Californians (or people who admire the more socialist route) put down Texas constantly and criticize us for not being more like them!!

It leaves one laughing and baffled! You're left wondering, "So.. you think it's better to be bankrupt and in a constant state of crisis, unable to pay your bills, and generally a train wreck?? No, thank you."

 
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oldeschoolpkrr
10 years ago

Doyle is right...another example is the 2 states...

California...has recently followed liberal democrat type government...and is now broke, and gettting worse

Texas...has recently followed conservative Republican ideas and government, and is booming

folks...remember all that when it is time to vote this novemeber!!!!

 
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TheOwl
10 years ago

1. Doyle, Please note that the story about old people falling and breaking bones is not always the case. In other words, Often it happens in reverse--- The medical fact is that old people have weak bones, so first the bone fractures, and causes the person to fall leading to additional injury.

2. As for the argument about keeping the very old and the sick people alive at the hospital, it has to have some logic to it. The poster that says "how do you it is their last two months" is correct. You don't know....However, if a person specifically requested in writing not to be kept alive under certain conditions, then that request must be honored....It is indeed that violation of that person's right to do otherwise....

3. Health care is not a Republican or Democrat issue...It is a crazy system now:. A) If you got plenty money you can afford health care, B) If you are dead broke, you get health care paid by tax payers, and C) If you are middle class you got to pay until you lose everything and go broke, and then just like other broke people you get healthcare...!!...Just think about it, the government/tax payers are going to pay for it anyway if people go broke...So what is the point? we just want to watch the middle class go broke first before we have health care for everyone...Please look at it as America's issue, which has nothing to do with being Republican or Democrat..

 
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TandG21
10 years ago

Happy Belated BirthDay
To the greatest living poker player

 
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swallsjr
10 years ago

Texas Dolly

You have to put the 55 billion a year in perspective. Only last month, the US spent 20 billion just to finance our debt. If we lower the debt, these health care costs become less of an issue. 55 billion a year for "end of life" health care is worth it. 240 billion a year to borrow money from China is not !

 
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swallsjr
10 years ago

PS. The birthday prop bets are featured in Scarne's Complete Guid to Gambling

 
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oldeschoolpkrr
10 years ago

the sal...

thanks for the kind words of agreement....watch out now...because I think they have let 'texasturdgobbler' otherwis known as tesasroadgambler...off his medication and out on the street. since you and I and Doyle for that matter...knows the truth about liberals and how they destroy society...be prepared for a verbal assault by the turdgobbler.

if you are insulted and or challenged by him....consider it an honor. I do.

And all those readers who are in the majority...and can't stand him or Obama or Harry Reid or any of the other sickening liberals...and haven't had the privelege of being attacked by that left wing nutjob....I would say...

it is time for you all to file a class action lawsuit..

 
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texasroadgambler
10 years ago

oldschool:

My peace offering to you must not have arrived. It is filled with goodies for you. A year's supply of snuff, five new pair of bib overalls size 50, a pair of size 4 combat boots so you can pretend to be a tough guy, a new rocking chair for your tarpaper shack, and a year's supply of lithium carbonate for your schizophrenia.

If that's not enough, please let me know. I'll contact some of those people that you call "Beaners" to see if they can supply you with some type of hallucinogen other than the one that you are obviously on.

 
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calijohn
10 years ago

Of course this went the way of politics but as one stuck in the left coast of California, you can compare us of a bunch of libs running the asylum and the greatness of Texas. Here in Calif., we pay $50k for prison inmates. Texas pays $18k. Calif is bloated by the unions and dumbshits running this state. Arnold is no Conservative either.

 
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oldeschoolpkrr
10 years ago

calijohn.....you are living the nightmare caused by the leftwing wacko's there in California. I hope the people finally rise up out of thier coma and throw democrats out this Novemeber. California used to be such a reliable republican/conservative area. Those were the days it was called the 'Golden State'.

Then the left wing SOB's moved in...the kind that Texasturdgobler admires. You see the devastation that brings.

Americans...rise up and throw out the liberals/democrats!!!! Vote this November to restore our country!!!

And best of all....this will piss off Texasturdgobler and his libtard soulmates......

 
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clunker
10 years ago

Calif. is far more liberal then Texas which makes Texas a better place to live right. Median income Calif.{2008] 61k ranked 9th in US. USA 52k would rank 22nd. Texas 50k ranked 27th in US. And where would Las Vegas be if all those Calif. $'s were spent else where instead of for over priced vacations in Las Vegas. Texans are not going to support you.

 
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Sam Rothstein
10 years ago

Ironically, it would appear that California will get out of their mess, the same way they got into it, with Marijuana. hahahaha.

Doyle, marijuana is the cotton of California, that's why I like to call em' the california cotton mouths.

 
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texasroadgambler
10 years ago

There is also scientific evidence that certain chemistries of the marijuana plant are active against pancreatic cancer.

It's too bad that our national paranoia that its social use causes prevents adequate testing for medicinal/clinical purposes.

 
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will2chipper
10 years ago

Mr. Brunson I hope you read this and chuckle. Tom Dwan in ten words or less. Tom Dwan is what Jamie Gold thinks he is.

 
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danoman56
10 years ago

Everything is way better in Texas, just ask any Texan, in fact I agree with most of what Doyle said but the only problem with Texas is Texans. You can always tell a Texan you just can't tell them much. I guess if I grew up in a place you could watch your dog run away for three days I be a little stupid too. Not all Texans are assholes and they have some great song writers, another product of watching your dog run away, or your wife, or someone with your pickup. The only good thing about the California economy being in a slowdown is, it sent most of the Texans back to Texas. So now us Californians can enjoy our state without some hick telling us about how great it was to tip cows and hang at the Dairy Oueen on Friday nights after the football game.
I kid Texans, most are pretty good old boys. I even lived there for the longest three months of my life in Larry Hagman's home town of Weatherford Texas outside Ft. Worth. If God was to give America an enema, I'm pretty sure thats exactly where the tube would go.
Texas has produced some pretty good golfers over the years, all about 5 fot 6 145 lbs soaking wet and all but a few of them jerks. You have to be built low to the ground there or the wind will deposit your narrow ass in Oklahoma and Texans by god don't want to live in Oklahoma.

 
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Sam Rothstein
10 years ago

oh look at you danonman56, an expert on a state that is bigger than Germany, and you lived in weatherford for 3 months. Your opinions of Texas were apparently formed by watching "Dallas" since you reference Larry Hagman. What a joke. And oh yeah, Texans are all 5 ft 4", that's why everyone in the country recruites the state for football. Yout got it right that people are migrating from California, but theey are not from Texas, they're from California originally. tons of them with their little cali license plates driving around. To sum up and win this argument definitely, I submit to you the following truth: "You guys are obviously all brilliant, because you elected an Austrian movie star as your governor." case closed.

 
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