Doyle Brunson – Biography

doyle-brunsonDoyle Brunson is undoubtedly one of the most popular names when it comes to the world famous Poker Stars who have been praised for their indomitable spirit and incomparable skills in the game. Fondly Doyle was even known as the Godfather of Poker due to his age and his status in the gaming fraternity.

He transformed the world of poker giving a snazzier outlook way back in the 1970s. The recipient of the maximum number of World Series of Poker bracelets, Doyle has an astonishing collection of bracelets which count up to ten in number.

Hailing from Longworth in Texas, Brunson was not an established Poker player from the start. Instead, he was a passionate athlete with extremely commendable talent in Basketball. Being an athlete was always his first choice in career but tragically this dream as short-lived when he underwent a knee accident which left him unfit to continue with the game. Although he could not attain his aim of becoming an established basketball player, the sportsmanship in him showed up through his avid interest in Poker.

Doyle Brunson managed to earn himself a very quirky nickname in the form of Texas Dolly owing to a very interesting incident where Jimmy Snyder had wrongly read his name as Dolly instead of Doyle. Henceforth, he came to be known as Texas Dolly in reference to his hometown. The world’s beloved, Texas Dolly though proved his mettle over the years with more and more honourable titles being added to his name after every win.

Doyle has had an illustrious Poker career which can be expressed through the following:

A top-level World Series of Poker winner, he has record-breaking achievements of winning

  • in 2005 for 6 hand No Limit Hold’em
  • in 2003 in­ H.O.R.S.E
  • in­ 1998 in Seven Card Razz
  • in­ 1991 in No Limit Hold’em
  • in­ 1979 in Mixed Doubles
  • in 1978 in Seven card stud
  • in 1977 in Seven Card Stud Split
  • in 1977 in No Limit Hold’em World Championship
  • in 1977 in Deuce To Seven Draw
  • in 1976 in No Limit Hold’em World championship

Doyle Brunson achieved an altogether new status as an author when he published his book Super System. To call the book a bestseller would not be giving it enough of importance as much as it received from the public when it was warmly received by them. It gave a brand new outlook to Poker in terms of effective strategies come right from the master of the game, tips, theories and modernised takes on the games like Stud, draw, razz etc.

He wrote another book which achieved success called the Wisdom of a Champion. His Poker room aptly called Doyle’s room has a wide range of players who draw immense inspiration from one of the best Poker players in history.

After dedicating 34 important years of his life to the game of Poker, it is most befitting for him to be included as an important member of the Poker Hall of Fame after becoming one of the most influential people in the world of Poker.

Annie Duke – Biography

annie-dukeAnnie Duke was always likely to be a Poker champion, owing to the fact that playing and winning card games was not just her fate but was in her blood.

Hailing form the town of Concord in New Hampshire, Annie was born to a family where playing cards were above just a past time, it was an inherent skill they possessed although formally her parent were teachers.

Although  the beginning she entered the field of Poker more out of necessity than out of enthusiasm for the game, later on it was at the bidding of her well-established Poker celebrity brother, Howard Lederer that she began playing professionally and eventually went on to become a celebrity in the truest sense herself.

In the beginning of the 90s, Annie never thought she was going to become a famous name in Poker, because she started off playing in local rooms just for the sole reason of being able to finance the mortgage of her house post her not-so-illustrious marriage.

According to, her first hand at Poker professionally was at the World Series of Poker held in Las Vegas. The first tournament brought her the 14th position, whereas she improved to the third position by the second game and finally by the end of the competition she had already made a whopping 70,000 to prove her skill. After this victorious win, it was but natural for her to shift base to the twinkling city of Poker, Las Vegas to pursue her love for Poker henceforth for a living.

Annie won her first prized World Series of Poker bracelet in the year 2004 after an amazing win against 234 other players in the year 2004 after playing the Omaha Hi-Lo split mounting up to $2000. Proving to be a true No-Limit Texas Hold’em champion, Annie beat the world’s top nine Poker players to reach the highest position for a $2million winner-takes-all reward which invited the world’s select best Poker players for the ESPN and Harrah’s Entertainment presented World Series of Poker championship. Recently in the year 2010, she competed against the legendary Poker champion, Erik Seidel only to make a victorious lurch forward in the famed NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship.

After all the fame she achieved through her extraordinary Poker winning skills, she has diverted a good part of her energy into training others in this amazing and lucrative art of Poker playing. Well known celebrities like that of Matt Damon, Ben Affleck etc. follow her tutorials religiously to gather knowledge about the game.

She is an active member of the World Series of Poker Academy and holds frequent seminars n the various topics related to the game. Ever since she co-authored the book Decide to play Great Poker with John Vorhaus, she has attained a new distinction as the writer of a bestseller in the genre dedicated to Poker.

Presently Annie Duke is the commissioner of the Epic Poker League owing to her finesse and recognition in the world of professional Poker. Apart from organising grand tournaments, she has developed the Global Poker Index, a popular and accurate ranking system with the partnership of Eric Faulkner.