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Poker Legend Doyle Brunson Makes First Appearance At 2021 World Series of Poker

10-Time WSOP Bracelet Winner Plays Day 1 of $1,000 Super Seniors Sunday Afternoon


One of poker’s most iconic figures made his first appearance at the 2021 World Series of Poker Sunday.

Doyle Brunson was spotted at the Rio for the first time all series on Day 1 of the $1,000 no-limit hold’em super seniors event. The 88-year-old 10-time WSOP bracelet winner tweeted last June that he planned on playing a “select few” events this year but didn’t make an appearance until the series was already running for about a month.

It was the first time that the “Godfather of Poker” played in a WSOP event since his sixth-place finish in the 2018 $10,000 no-limit 2-7 single draw championship, where he earned $46,963 for his deep run. Prior to his entry into the tournament, Brunson tweeted that it would likely be the last WSOP event he ever played.

Like his run in the 2018 2-7 no-limit single draw championship, Brunson opted to register late for the event, hopping in the super seniors in the sixth level of Day 1. In 2018, he max late registered the single draw at the start of Day 2. In previous interviews, Brunson cited the grueling nature and duration of poker tournaments as one of the main reasons he was looking to play less of them in the future.

Unfortunately for Brunson and most poker fans, his run in the super seniors event lasted about an hour. Brunson was eliminated after about an hour of play when he moved all in on the button for his last 10 big blinds and was called by Jana Vondach in the big blind.

Brunson showed 6Heart Suit4Spade Suit and was in big trouble against Vondach’s ADiamond SuitAClub Suit.

After a flop of ASpade SuitKClub SuitJDiamond Suit, Brunson was drawing dead to a chop. The turn was the 7Club Suit and the river was the 10Diamond Suit, which sent Brunson home.

Given that his tweet from last summer said that he was playing a “select few” events in 2021, it’s unlikely this will be the last time the poker world sees Brunson at the series, but he probably won’t be registering more than a handful of other events.