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Poker Legend Doyle Brunson Says He Might Make Return To WSOP, Chase 11th Bracelet

Hall Of Famer Eyeing Another Run For WSOP Gold


Three summers ago poker legend Doyle Brunson implied that he was finished playing tournaments. The “hours are just too damn long,” the 83-year-old said at the time.

It looked like Brunson would finish his tournament poker career with 10 World Series of Poker bracelets. However, the Poker Hall of Fame member said on Twitter last week that he’s contemplating a return. Brunson is still a regular in high-stakes Las Vegas cash games, which he prefers over tournaments because you can leave a cash game whenever you want.

Brunson is in a three-way tie for second on the all-time bracelet list with Johnny Chan and Phil Ivey. Phil Hellmuth leads with 14 bracelets. The 2017 WSOP begins May 30 at the Rio.

Brunson said he’s “thinking about playing all the $10,000 events,” but it “depends on my wife’s health issues.” Doyle himself has survived numerous cases of skin cancer.

There are 15 of the $10,000 events on the schedule this year.

Brunson made a deep run in the 2013 WSOP main event, finishing 408th for $28,000, and there was speculation that it would be his last main event. He confirmed that by skipping poker’s most prestigious event the following summer. He originally said that he was going to skip the entire 2013 summer series, but he eventually decided not to pass up on the no-limit hold’em championship.

After a long day of main event play, Brunson said that it felt “like a truck ran over me.”

That was Brunson’s last cash in a poker tournament.

Brunson’s last bracelet came in 2005 when he won a $5,000 no-limit hold’em event for $367,800. He has 36 lifetime WSOP cashes and $2.9 million in earnings there.