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Doyle Brunson: "I can't believe the difference in my life when I'm not playing poker"

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Posted on 01 August 2012 by "T".

Doyle Brunson has played poker professionally for over 50 years and still is very enthusiastic about the game. In fact, at the age of 78 he still lives and breathes poker around the clock.

In his latest blog, "Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm", he writes that nothing else matters when he's playing poker and that he's thinking about how he can improve his game when he's not playing. But even though Doyle's enthusiasm and knowledge about the game has made him extremly wealthy, he admits that it has its downsides as well...


"I can't believe the difference in my life when I'm not playing poker. It's almost another world. When I play poker every day I'm so focused on what I'm doing at the poker table nothing else seems to matter. I wonder if my fellow pro poker players approach the game with the same intensity that I do. Even After playing a long session I come home and think of questionable plays I made at the game and review my options at the time.

I'm not sure if that is a healthy approach to poker and life. Not only is it difficult on your family and the people around you but I actually have physical and mental withdrawal pains when I stop playing. That is when I get lots of tweets from my twitter followers about what a cranky old man I've become. But playing poker is the life I chose and I want to do my best, but you forfeit a lot when you go to that extreme. I guess you just have to live with the ups and downs." writes Doyle Brunson in his blog


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11 comments on "Doyle Brunson: "I can''t believe the difference in my life when I''m not playing poker""

 noonlion01/08/2012 10:59:02 GMT
It's such a demanding profession mentally more than anything but so time consuming that the rest of your life can suffer hugely.

My g/f has complained i get cranky when I've been playing a long session and then you want to figure what you did wrong, so you review and thats more poker.

I can only imagine that a pro is even more ott poker all the time - must be hard to live with someone that is entirely intense about it.

borders on obsession/ workaholic.
 Fakiry01/08/2012 12:22:45 GMT
When possible, the professional career should be done in something people love, so that the job can be the less hard possible. Probably, like many old time poker pros, Brunson didn’t started playing thinking he could do that for living, it just keep going with good results til he realized he didn’t need to do anything else for living. And, on top of that, he loved to do it. And that’s why it hurts so much to reach a time in which he can’t keep doing as much as he would like to. He loves it, his mind wants to keep doing it, but his body doesn’t let him do it the way he would like to. Just to give na exemple, in Portugal there’s a film producer with 102 years old (the oldest film producer in the world) that recently said in na interview that he still has a dozen films to do before he stops, but he already realized he probably won’t be able to do them all. Mortality sucks (in some cases, of course)!
 WinAllDay01/08/2012 13:42:23 GMT
Sounds to me like doyle has a legitimate addiction to poker. in his case its good because im sure his lifetime roi is positive.
 ayaraled01/08/2012 15:04:42 GMT
yeah he is very addicted to it that he has dedicate all his life to poker....which is a very good inspiration...spending a lifetime must have been a wonderful experience...specially if your a pro like doyle...
 Jibberish01/08/2012 15:24:49 GMT
definately addicted i think we can all agree to that, but the real question is how can i achieve a positive roi with my addiction =D
 pochui01/08/2012 18:04:40 GMT
its no other than any pro athlete, singer, businessman etc. think and do- they all give everything they can for their job, they try to become better at what they are doing, always looking for ways to improve, handling the negative situations with calm and keep moving on with confidence- that's why most of people fail at poker, they just want to relax, have fun, and if you go with this attitude it will be hard to be a winning player in the log term
 Greenmohave01/08/2012 21:34:26 GMT
You have to love the guy who takes his game so serious. That's what his life adventure is and always has been about I guess. I know it was enjoyable to watch him play with some of the young guns on High Stakes Poker, which I miss a lot. It's great that he can still enjoy the game and get satisfaction after decades.
 Macubaas02/08/2012 06:40:24 GMT
I think nowadays poker is some what a sinomim with Doyle Brunson, so it is normal the he breathes poker Big Smile

Frankly i do not see him ever retire from poker even though he will not play on the highest level but he will continue to play!
 mocoteo03/08/2012 04:48:22 GMT
I have read some part of his books and it seems that 'old shoe' Mr.Doyle never change from his youth.Keep on going,Mr.Doyle until......
P.S.The book is very good but i think that is focused on live poker.Unfortunately i play only online.
 victoryv11118/11/2012 19:34:56 GMT
Theres only 1 Doyle Brunson 10 2 clap clap clap!!! theres only 1 Doyle Brunson 10 2 clap clap clap!!! theres only 1 Doyle Brunson 10 2 clap clap clap!!! HIT DA FLO FLOATED THE TURN SHOVED ON THE RIVER AND THEY ALL WENT DOWN!!! GG YOU MADE HISTORY MAN. WTG DB
 Mysik8618/11/2012 19:38:02 GMT
If he have "mental pains" when he don't play, he must be addicted to poker. But he's one of the greatest poker player of all-time, so it' pretty normal Smile

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