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 CardPlayer.com 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.