BankrollMob Poker News


Doyle Brunson admits to Missing Out on $230M Offer for Doyles Room

Tags: Americas Cardrooms, Black Friday, Doyle Brunson.
Posted on 26 February 2018 by "T".

The 84-year-old Poker Hall of Famer says the Doyles Room poker site co-owner has ‘recurring nightmares about it.' The two-time WSOP Main Event champ is pretty much doing well for himself, but his poker bankroll could have been boosted up with a nine-figure profit if only he had said ‘yes' to a business offer proposed to him over a decade ago.

In a reply to a Nolan Dolla article entitled "20 Years of Online Poker: Tales of Fast Money, Wicked Beats, and Broken Mice", the American poker legend recently said on Twitter that he turned down an offer worth $230 million for his former poker site, which was founded in 2004. He owned 50% of the online poker site when the offer came up.

The reason he turned it down? He thought that the site was worth much more than that.

Even if the site jumped from network to network throughout the years, the player count was moderately strong on the site, all thanks to Brunson and his ability to attract other poker personalities to the site. During its heyday, the Doyles Room was sponsoring some of the game's best and well-known players called the "Brunson 10" which includes Amit Makhija, Chris Moorman, David Sands and Steve Gross.

Unfortunately, because of the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), the DoylesRoom exited the U.S. yet returned a year after the law was enacted. From then on, the site and other poker sites operated within a legal grey area.

Even though some poker operators believed that online poker still was definitely legal despite UIGEA, which affected payment processing, the law had surely put on the brakes on the poker boom of the 2000s. UIGEA was the end product of years of failed efforts as federal lawmakers in late 2006 were able to finally sneak it through Congress. The law became part of an entirely unrelated bill at the last legislative minute.

Although Doyles Room did not exit the U.S. online market instantly after Black Friday swooped down in April 2011 when UIGEA was announced, Brunson ended up cutting his ties with the company right after the crackdown on Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker/UV and PokerStars. In May 2011, a federal grand jury in Baltimore returned indictments that resulted in the seizure of a number of different domains, including, so Brunson's site essentially went up in smoke overnight. By October 2011, Doyles Room was sold (most likely for pennies on the dollar) to rival poker website Americas Cardroom.

Brunson's regret on not selling his poker site before UIGEA was sympathized by fellow Poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu, "I built up [my website Full Contact Poker] from nothing, all basically with my own money, and within six months I had an offer to sell it for $170 million. Literally three days later, this thing called UIGEA happened, so they pulled the plug on the offer."

Aside from the two poker pros, Hall of Famer Phil Ivey and his poker career was also affected by this law - he once was making over $900,000 per month for his work at Full Tilt Poker before Black Friday was enforced.



« Poker News   /   Comment on this news »

Related Articles:

8 comments on "Doyle Brunson admits to Missing Out on $230M Offer for Doyles Room"

 doubletop77726/02/2018 09:02:25 GMT
This truly must be giving him nightmares and i bet a day does not go by where he doesn't regret taking the money. Even though he is a very wealthy man, another $230,000,000 would have been nice!!
 CALICUL26/02/2018 14:38:04 GMT
I did not expect a poker room to be worth that much as long as it is not a big one.
Too much money for a smaller room like Doyles... I'm looking at another big poker room like 888 and when i see 100-200 players in a 1 dollar tournament i want to scream... only few players.
I do not understand how these small rooms produce nice money when they have 50-60 players in tournaments with 1 $ buy in. Very strange...
 Sandmanilo26/02/2018 17:51:00 GMT
Nowadays you never know which internet company will cost several times more next year or will bankrupt tomorrow Smile It's still unpredicatsble in general. Was shocked btw with Ivey's salary, 900k seem to be a ton of money for a poker player! That's how much the top sport stars earn.
 pochui26/02/2018 19:33:49 GMT
crazy money, just crazy money. 230 millions for doyles room, 170 millions for full contact poker, I wonder where the hell these figures come up from? hard to believe that these relatively small room were making 10-20 millions of dollars in profit from rake on a yearly basis, and that is after all expenses...
 LIKEIT2726/02/2018 22:40:47 GMT
The money comes from the players,..and advertising,..
And ofcourse the name they use from him,..
Family from elvis ore queen still making money from there fame,..
Its like every episode on tv,..they do a replay on any given date,..
it will give they actor,..also each time cash,..except hen its not in contract ofcourse Blink
 Mober27/02/2018 13:04:49 GMT
That must be a big pain.
I would have sold on the spot the business, for that money.
As they say here, better five in your hand, than ten and wait Smile
And he got absolutely nothing after all.
Blame it on the laws Smile
 godoy28/02/2018 00:34:06 GMT
this yes it was a bad beat shows because soon after refuse came the break of the black sixth that left his empire oline to apemas po of dollars kkkk who daily you lost this ehhh lord dopoker
 godoy01/03/2018 15:37:17 GMT
and the old wolf fell that fate of fate ehhh his DOyle Brunson who daily that VC an old player of the best of the world would let this spot pass ehhhhhh

Write a comment:

You must be logged in, to comment on news...

Disclosure: BankrollMob may earn a commission based on the advertisement material on this site. #AD

  Please Play Responsibly