Texas Dolly announces retirement
He's 84 years old, has won ten WSOP bracelets, two WSOP Final Tables and has been inarguably the face of poker for the past 50-some years. Now, Doyle Brunson has said he could possibly be ready to hang up his hat and permanently step away from the felt.
In a Twitter post yesterday, Texas Dolly said, "Going to the Rio to play in 2-7 lowball tournament. Probably the last one I'll ever play." With that simple tweet, he may have announced his retirement from the game.
Going to the Rio to play in 2-7 lowball tournament. Probably the last one I'll ever play.— Doyle Brunson (@TexDolly) June 11, 2018
In a subsequent interview with Card Player magazine, he said that, while he felt he could still continue, his wife's failing health is the primary reason for giving up the game. "...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," he explained.
When asked about his status as a living legend, poker's most iconic figure stated, "It’s been a great life. I was consumed with being an athlete when I was young and was going to make basketball my career. When I busted my leg, that was the end of that. I turned to poker as a way of being still able to compete, and it’s been great. You can’t find many things in which a guy that is 84 can still compete against guys in their 30s. It has meant a lot to me. My competitive nature drove to keep contending, and poker was the vehicle that allowed me to do that. I’m just thankful for it. I’ve had a lot of blessings in my life, survived a lot of hard times. But, I’m still here."
It's hard to imagine the game without Brunson. While change is part of any institution, he will always be a pillar of the game and his reputation will endure forever.