Poker legend Doyle Brunson turned to his Twitter account last Friday afternoon and told his 400,000+ followers in a series of tweets that he was informed by the Las Vegas Metro Police Department about an armed robbery incident in his neighborhood, and that he might probably be the original target of the robbers.
Doyle Brunson, a ten-time WSOP (World Series of Poker) bracelet winner and two-time WSOP main event champion, is no stranger to danger, and he is known to always have a handgun with him while travelling to and from poker games. He also admitted that he's always cautious whenever he gets back from a cash game session in Las Vegas even if he does not carry any cash with him.
It looks like the would-be thieves were either given the incorrect address or they may have broken into the wrong house, and thanks to that blunder, Brunson was unharmed; but still, it turns out that another man was robbed at gunpoint, a neighbor on the same street as Brunson's.
According to the Metropolitan Police Department's dispatch logs, a robbery incident was reported on Friday, 8:56pm, down the street from Brunson's house.
Even though there were three other poker players who are residing in the area, Brunson said he believes he was the intended target of the robbery.
This is actually not the very first time that Brunson was targeted at his very own home by armed robbers.
In 1998, two masked men confronted Brunson in his driveway, dragged him inside his house, handcuffed him to his wife Louise, and also pistol-whipped him above his right eye. At that time, he even faked a heart attack to confuse his captors, thinking, "I just knew that if I didn't have any money here to give them, they'd be awfully mad." The robbers got away with $4,000 in cash and $80,000 in chips from Jack Binion's Horseshoe Club casino (part of the $93,000 prize that Brunson got while winning his 8th career WSOP bracelet in a $1,500 Razz event).
Brunson had just turned 83 (on August 10), and he's still actively playing some of the biggest live cash games in the world, in Bobby's Room at the Bellagio casino. He was born in Longworth, Fisher County, Texas and is known by his poker nicknames: Texas Dolly, Big Papa, and The Godfather of Poker.
In January 2006, Bluff magazine voted Brunson the most influential force in the world of poker.