Doyle Brunson World Series of Poker Comeback
Fans of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) were pleasantly surprised this Sunday when the familiar face was spotted among the expected players that have been seated at the felt over the years. The face of Doyle Brunson was welcomed by all as he took his seat in event #58.
Brunson was escorted to the WSOP table by none other than Mori Eskandani, another Poker Hall of Famer and the PokerGO President.
Affectionately known as Texas Dolly, Doyle competed for decades. He was last seen competing in the Rio WSOP in 2018 where he progressed all the way to the final table of a WSOP poker event.
Stepping Out of Retirement
last seen competing in the Rio WSOP in 2018 where he progressed all the way to the final table of a WSOP poker event. Today, Doyle is 88 years old and still going strong. Brunson was escorted to the WSOP table by none other than Mori Eskandani, another Poker Hall of Famer and the PokerGO President.
Unfortunately, Doyle’s comeback was not a lasting one… right off the bat he made a decision to raise from the very first hand and went all in. He folded with a laugh as his opponent showed pocket Kings. It was all over for Doyle in less than an hour at the felt.
On his final hand, Doyle was up against Jana Vondach according to PokerNews.com. The Texas Dolly pushed all-in with the last of his 6000 in chips pre-flop while holding 6-4 off-suit. Vondach was holding pocket Aces at the time and the board ran A-K-J-7-10, this gave Vondach the win, thus ending Brunson’s ever so brief but welcome comeback.
Why the Nickname Texas Dolly?
In the early 1970’s Doyle was friendly with Snyder – Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder, the well known 1980’s CBS figure on The NFL Today. Snyder referenced Texas Doyle in his news articles which Doyle was uneasy about due to Poker being frowned upon in Texas. They agreed on “Texas Doylee” rather and in error another columnist misinterpreted the name as “Texas Dolly” – and the rest is history….
One could say that Doyle’s comeback was a case of bad timing for him as there have been less than great player numbers in attendance. The turnouts for events are not what has been expected. Officials are hopeful that Main Event will turn the series around.
Some of the events have fallen short in attendance by 30-40%. It would seem that some of the players have been reluctant to get the vaccine to play or they are worried that Covid-19 is still too much of a threat. International travel has been an issue and is one of the causes for less participation from players that are located outside of the US.
It is hoped that this will change as of November the 8th when travel restrictions for players residing outside the US – that are willing to be vaccinated – will be removed.