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The poker world got a little shock early this week when the legendary Doyle Brunson hit Twitter to say that he would not be making an appearance at this year’s World Series of Poker main event.

On Jul. 8, @TexDolly wrote, “I’m not playing the main event because I’m really tired after 6 weeks of tough cash games, playing 10-12 hours every single day. Sorry.” Among those up in arms was Norman Chad who tweeted, “Doyle Brunson not playing the WSOP Main Event is like the pope not going to Easter Mass. Come on, @TexDolly, we want to see you!”

The following day it appeared Brunson had a change of heart. He hit Twitter to say, “I’m having second thoughts about playing the main event. I’m pretty tired after all this playing but it’s such a great event! 3 hours left.” By the next day it was clear that he had made it in and poker lovers the world around did not have to worry about the idea of a WSOP main event without the godfather himself, at least for another year.

The WSOP expressed many a poker fan’s feelings, when it tweeted, “Welcome @TexDolly to the WSOP Main Event…this is what you’ve created. Great to have you a part of it this year.”

On Jul. 11, Brunson was holding his own among the usual suspects, he said, “Playing with all the kids with their baseball caps on backwards:-)” but on Jun. 12 it all went pear shaped, “Guy hit a 3 outer with all the chips I’n [sic]. 120K pot. Said he finally won a coin flip. Lol” After all the commotion and decision-making, it was not to be for Brunson as he busted out a while later.

Another legend made an appearance at this year’s main event, sending joy and jubilation out into the Twitterverse and beyond. Thor Hansen, who is battling cancer, put a smile on the faces of all attending this year’s main event when he showed up to play. Of the many celebrating his arrival was ESPN’s Andrew Feldman, he wrote, “Thrilled to hear that Thor Hansen is here. He’s been fighting cancer but is now feeling better and is back at the WSOP.”

Among pros tweeting his arrival was Christian Harder who tweeted, “Very happy to see Thor Hansen in vegas and doing better. Truly one of the good guys.”

Hansen unfortunately was another legend to hit the rail, despite the hopes of many.