Poker Players and Celebrities Pay Tribute to Doyle Brunson
This week’s Twittertainment couldn’t be anything other than a homage to Doyle Brunson.
The news of Brunson’s passing resonated with poker players around the world on Monday, which, in turn, led to a social media stream of condolences, comments, and video clips.
So, in honor of a poker legend, we’ve compiled some of the best Twitter tributes to Doyle Brunson.
The first to speak, unfortunately, was Doyle Brunson’s son, Todd. He confirmed the news on May 15, just hours before the family put out an official statement via poker agent, Brian Balsbaugh.
Yes I’m sorry. It’s true. RIP Doyle 🙏— Todd Brunson (@ToddBrunson) May 15, 2023
Poker pro Jason Koon was one of the first to reply, tweeting: “I’m so sorry. Rest in peace legend.” That was just the first of many messages from the world’s leading players. From condolences to found memories, the game’s greats paid their respects to the game’s greatest.
Brunson’s Poker Friends Speak
Jennifer Harman knew Brunson on and off the felt. She regularly played with him at the Bellagio and, according to the internet, she dated Todd Brunson for a while. Her tweet was one of the most heartfelt.
Yes, Doyle Brunson was the Legend of Poker. But to me, he was more of a father. I will miss him dearly. My prayers go out to Louise, Pam and Todd.— Jennifer Harman (@REALJenHarman) May 15, 2023
I Love You Doyle. Rest in Peace to the Greatest!!
Brunson was like family to Harman, but he was also part of the Bellagio family.
He graced the famous Las Vegas casino with his presence for decades. In an official tweet from the Bellagio’s poker room, staff thanked him for everything and called him one of their own.
It’s sad news that the Bellagio poker room lost a member of our team. Doyle Brunson has been a fixture in our room and will be sorely missed. Thank you for all you have done for the game of Poker and the Bellagio Poker room.— Bellagio Poker Room (@BellagioPoker) May 15, 2023
Someone else who knew Brunson on a personal and professional level was WPT tournament director Matt Savage. The two worked together on various events over the years and, most recently, Savage got Brunson to attend the WPT World Championship for what would be one of his last public appearances.
Woke up in Europe to 100’s of messages, you can tell the legend of a man by the impact he’s made on so many and certainly he’s done that for me and my family in my 30 years in this game. Rest in peace Doyle Brunson! 😪❤️🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/e9YMCnYYz3— Matt Savage (@SavagePoker) May 15, 2023
Brunson’s impact among his contemporaries has been clear for all to see this week, but his influence stretches way beyond those he came up with. Brunson inspired countless generations, including many of today’s top players who got their starts playing poker onlinee.
The New School Pros Salute a Poker Legend
One of the most prominent voices singing Brunson’s praises was Phil Galfond. He was, and still is, one of poker’s best players, but even he knew he was in the presence of greatness every time they played together.
I’m so lucky I had the opportunity to truly understand Doyle’s greatness by sitting across the table from him.— Phil Galfond (@PhilGalfond) May 15, 2023
“Legend” feels inadequate.
We don’t have a word for what Doyle Brunson is to poker.
Rest in Peace ♥️ pic.twitter.com/IjCDrNG96c
WPT champion Faraz Jaka also shared his memories of Brunson. The American pro, who has more than $7 million in live earnings, was a force in online poker tournaments back in the day.
So much so that he was chosen to be one of the now infamous Brunson 10, which was a group of 10 players chosen to rep Brunson’s (now shuttered) poker site, Doyle’s Room.
The ultimate GG to Doyle Brunson. What a legend. Not just in how great of a player he was but also his unrivaled longevity in the game and how kind of a person he was.— Faraz Jaka (@FarazJaka) May 15, 2023
If there was ever someone to look up to in how they carried themselves and treated other people, Doyle was as…
Britain’s Liv Boeree also joined the chorus of condolences showing that Brunson’s impact was felt across the pond and, moreover, the world at large.
“Man, a really sad day in the poker world with the passing of Doyle Brunson. The man WAS poker - the ultimate icon of the game, who likely spent more days at the felt than any other person in history. Rest in peace sir,” Boeree tweeted.
Finally, for those who might not know why everyone in poker reveres Brunson, Joe Ingram put out a quick snapshot of the great man’s greatest achievements.
Doyle Brunson career achievements— LEGION | Joey Ingram 🐉 (@Joeingram1) May 16, 2023
-1976 & 1977 WSOP Main Event Champion
-Published legendary "Super/System" book in 1978
-10 WSOP gold bracelets
-26 WSOP Final Tables
-1988 Poker Hall of Fame inductee
-Regular in the highest stakes cash games in Vegas until his 80's
Having famous poker players tweet about you is one thing, but when bona fide celebrities take the time to share their memories, it’s another thing altogether. Put simply, Doyle Brunson was loved by people in and out of poker.
A Star Among Stars: Celebrities Have their Say on Doyle Brunson
American actor James Woods has been a poker fan and player for years. He not only got to know Brunson at the felt but on a personal level. His tweet shows just how kind the man known as Texas Dolly was.
This one is a heartbreaker. Doyle Brunson, the greatest poker player who ever lived, has cashed in his chips.— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) May 15, 2023
Doyle was so kind and helpful to me. He was gracious to my late dear brother and every friend I introduced him to. A gentleman and a genuine legend. #TexasDolly #RIP https://t.co/Zqc4C1Tc9t pic.twitter.com/Ad9ht8uNQg
Jennifer Tilly, Hollywood actress and Women in Poker Hall of Famer, reminded us that Brunson wasn’t just an elite player but a big character.
Rip #DoyleBrunson. I had the pleasure of playing with him many times. He had a wicked sense of humor and always put a smile on my face. Even when he bluffed me out of a hand he did it in such a genial way, I felt like it had somehow been an honor for him to take my chips. #Legend pic.twitter.com/Bzn9GElEFC— Jennifer Tilly (@JenniferTilly) May 15, 2023
The tweet below is an example of just how charismatic and funny Brunson could be, even with millions of dollars on the line.
Doyle Brunson is the only man that could imitate Phil Ivey and make him laugh pic.twitter.com/ic0JRcuUgZ— Jeff Boski (@ICuRaRook) May 15, 2023
Doyle Brunson’s passing hit the poker community hard this week, and the outpouring of love on Twitter was great to see. Even though he’s gone after 89 years, his legacy will live on in the record books and, more importantly, in the hearts and minds of poker players around the world.
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