Here’s Why I Think History is Important (Doyle Brunson)
I just shot this short video here at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
Here’s the quick feature story that I just posted to WSOP.com. Please visit WSOP.com for the latest updates from this year’s world poker championship.
The dream is finally over for Doyle Brunson.
His heartbreaking moment of defeat came at 5:59 on a Friday afternoon on Day Four of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event when the unrivaled “Godfather of Poker” played his final hand at this year’s series.
Brunson was playing at the ESPN feature table on this day, but was never able to generate much momentum following what had been three days of absolute magic, and even greater hope that we all might be witnessing one of poker’s most memorable moments.
Indeed, we did get that cherished memory – just as “Texas Dolly” exited the Rio tournament room following his noble quest in a tournament he had originally said he would no longer play. However, the allure of taking one more shot in the most prestigious poker event of the year was too much for Brunson, who managed to outlast more than 5,900 other poker players – the vast majority of which were young enough to be his children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren.
When Brunson stood from the table, so did everyone else, showing that reerence and respect we all have for the man who was there when Texas Hold’em began, more than half a century ago. First the players rose to their feet, followed by the spectators – hundreds of them. And as the tide of emotion rose throughout the room, despite competing in the biggest event of year, every stopped for just a moment to also show “the man” what he has meant to each of us and to this game.
They all stood.
They all applauded.
They all cheered. Perhaps one last time.
The 79-year-old poker icon, who has won ten WSOP gold bracelets – including back to back victories in the 1976 and 1977 Main Event Championship officially finished in 409th place