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DOYLEISM OF THE DAY: “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”

by Doyle Brunson |  Published: Feb 15, '10

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Little did I know when I chased a pop fly in a baseball game over a half a century ago what problems it would cause me. I ran into a steel post and broke two of my front teeth. The dentistry wasn’t very good in that time, particularly in small towns. The local dentist pulled both teeth, putting in a bridge attached to other teeth. Because of the damage done by that, I’ve had to go through a total mouth reconstruction. That is 25-30 hours in the dentist chair. The good news is, after a few weeks of suffering, all the different procedures make your mouth and teeth as good as new. It’s extremely expensive and it looks like my land-based poker is over until the WSOP. I’m already having withdrawal pains so DoylesRoom will be seeing me online for the next 3 months. My daughter Pam called my attention to a blog written for Cardplayer by Dusty Schmidt and the comments that were posted. The comments were insane and some of them are downright comical. The one I like best was that I cheated Andy Beal and was threatened by Andy and had to return 16 million dollars. Do people actually hear these kind of stories or do they make them up? Did Andy say he would kill me if I didn’t give him all that money? Do you supposed he would have intimidated me more than Tony Spilotro did when he tried to get me into his cheating schemes? The next time I see Andy, we will have a good laugh about this little gem. As far as the other negative stuff about the old time cheating, I spent two long years defending myself about that. I don’t intend to go through it again. For the record, I never had any involvement in cheating in poker from any era. This is America, believe me or not, I really don’t care any longer. It does look like there would be some evidence somewhere besides wild stories. My thanks to Dusty for the nice things he said about me. I didn’t really know everybody thinks these young guys are so much better poker players than me. I do know I’ve survived through several generations of new superstars. Most of them are gone now. Send this new bunch down to Bobby’s Room and let’s find out if they are really so great. There were also some positive comments and I appreciate them. Texas Road Gambler (I’m pretty sure I know who he is) really makes good points. If I ever go to court, I would like for him to be my attorney. -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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Sookie77
almost 12 years ago

Doyle, you are the best in the game and as a learning poker player I enjoy watching you. I have learned a lot more from you than any of the young guns. They are a flash in the pan compared to you. May you have a speedy recovery and enjoy some time relaxing online. I tip my hat to you sir.

 
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vortexx
almost 12 years ago

I enjoyed both of your books. Plus, you're a true gentleman. Good luck in your recovery.

 
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Chubrock
almost 12 years ago

It's been a pleasure watching you over the years. As a poker room manager, I wish more players emulated you instead of the ones they seem to choose. I've never seen you show your cards or verbally attack another player. You don't slow down the game asking questions " Can you beat this? Do you want me to call?" I've never seen any of that nonsense from you.
Thank you Get well soon, your autobiography was great reading

 
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trinity55
almost 12 years ago

thank you for creating the interest you have in poker. While other people are captivated by controversy, you offer a different, pure story that is easy to understand and emulate. it is obvious to see whether it is in your super/system books or your interaction on high stakes poker, you are the smartest and most respectable person in poker.

 
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lilmacdaddy
almost 12 years ago

Doyle,
You are the man. I enjoy your blog and appreciate your enormous contribution to poker.

I look forward to your speedy recovery and to you continuing to be a fixture in the Poker World!

 
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TXMaxx
almost 12 years ago

Doyle, I love your attitude, the way you play and the gentleman you are...Thanks for the memories...now go out there and make some more for your fans! God I hate dental work, get better soon!

 
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Doylesroomsucks
over 11 years ago

Unfortunately Doyle's Room is a terrible place to play. I've seen cashout issues and recently had a $15 discconnect issue where they refuse to refund me even though I do way over $15 a day in gross rake with them.

I won't be playing on there anymore.

 
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