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Brunson Announces Retirement as he makes it through Day 2 of Event #23, Finishes 6th

Tags: 2018 WSOP, Doyle Brunson, poker retirement.
Posted on 13 June 2018 by "T".

Seeing the 10-time bracelet winner Doyle Brunson at the 2018 WSOP is a wonderful sight for poker fans, but, for good reason, this may be the last time that the octogenarian poker legend will ever be attending the prestigious annual summer poker tournament festival.

It was back in 2013 when Doyle Brunson last cashed in on an event in the WSOP, when he finished 409th place in the Main Event for $28,063. Before that, he had not cashed at any tournament since 2011. Long hours and fatigue were Brunson' two main reasons why he decided to forego tournaments and instead play cash games.

However, a slight change of atmosphere occurred, because on June 11, 2018 (Monday), the Poker Hall of Famer wrote in his Twitter page:

According to a short interview by regarding his tweet prior to making his way to the WSOP tables, Doyle Brunson divulged that he plans to retire from poker this year, thereby ending a poker career that spanned 60 years. The main reason that he will cease to be active in poker is so that he can spend more time with his wife, who currently is not in very good health.

The 84-year-old poker legend said, "I've been married for 57 years and my wife is not in very good health. She can't go to sleep until I come home. So I play in cash games just about every day when there is one running, and I can get home at 9:00 or 10:00 at night. But if you play in a tournament and you do well, you can't get home until 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning, so that's what keeps me from playing in them. I think I could still do it, I am physically able to handle the hours. I've always had great endurance, which is a blessing, but I feel guilty if I leave the house with my wife in poor health. I feel like I should be there with her, so I think I plan on retiring after this summer and spending all my time with her."

About his participation in Event #23 $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship of the 2018 WSOP, he said, "It is my favorite game. My son texted me this morning and told me that I could buy in on day 2 in this event. If I got down to the final table, which is probably unlikely, but I could get home late tonight... I already spoke to my wife and she told me to go ahead and play. It's just kind of a goodbye to the World Series of Poker. I don't think I'll play any more... I might play in the $50,000 event."

Brunson is looking to claim his 11th bracelet, the first since 2005 and 42 years after he claimed his very first one (1976 WSOP Event #5: $5,000 NL 2-7 Lowball).

The Texan poker legend managed to make it through to Day 2 and he's one of the final 11 players returning to battle for the bracelet and the top prize money, with his son Todd also in the tournament.

Doyle got eliminated in 6th place for $43,963 (not a bad profit for his final tournament appearance, frankly speaking).

The final table is now down to 2 players: Mike Wattel and Brian Rast. Check back tomorrow for a recap of the entire tournament.



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10 comments on "Brunson Announces Retirement as he makes it through Day 2 of Event #23, Finishes 6th"

 Gerimantas13/06/2018 15:27:48 GMT
Yes this is interesting to read, i think such a legend is sad to stop play in tournaments and it is.good situation to win in his last tournament, but 6th place finish, also good place, final table and some money win
 CALICUL13/06/2018 18:24:25 GMT
It was time like this Doyle Brunson to leave poker tournaments because it's better to do something else but also to take care of his wife. He loved these poker games too much but now he does not want to play in other games and i think it's a good choice. Is a legend and will remain a legend.
 Mober13/06/2018 18:56:49 GMT
He is one of the oldest players around.
Playing poker for 60 years. That is an accomplishment.
He has won many titles, and we can say money also.
He had a poker site at some point also. Not sure if that one still running...
 godoy13/06/2018 22:15:08 GMT
a legend a man who followed in poker and made poker his life and cultivated many victories in his long poker life a visionary ahead of his time thank you very much lord for your contribution to the sport of mind
 doubletop77714/06/2018 09:01:25 GMT
This guy can truly be called a legend. I can only imagine the stories he could tell about the olden poker games he played in. I hope he still plays in the high stakes cash games and keeps winning
 pochui14/06/2018 10:56:33 GMT
well hats off to the man with hat. the way he described situation I do not see a legitimate reason to retire from poker totally, he can just retire from tournament poker and play cash games as long as he wishes, but hey that's his life and his decisions.
 Mober14/06/2018 19:31:48 GMT
By playing the game so many years, he had enough of it.
Isnt that right?
Occasionally he will be playing a guess a "home" game.
But chasing tournament at his age may not be that fun any more.
 godoy15/06/2018 23:35:05 GMT
the most important person for the world championship of poker the WSOP this lemda live poker doolye bronsom one of the most important icomis for the world poker because besides surviving the time he still plays high standard with the players today
 Mysik8616/06/2018 05:19:07 GMT
Hey guys. He has 85 years and have still good condition and psychic to play poker! So hats off for the legend. I would like to have same mental and psychical condition in his age... Of course, if I live to that age Smile Anyway, he achieve almost everything he could. So he leave with great improvement for poker.
 pajalnick16/06/2018 10:44:26 GMT
Branson is probably one of the first great players that I learned when I started my poker way ... and he is certainly a very great player and therefore it's very nice that he does not quit poker and continues to please him with a great game ..... great news and very nice .... Branson the Great

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