Doyle Brunson Skipping Tourneys For Cash GamesDecember 2, 2011 12:44 pm
The 10 times WSOP winner Doyle Brunson may have earned $6,103,711 playing poker tournaments throughout his career, but when it comes to knowing where his bread is buttered it would seem Doyle would opt for lucrative cash games every time.
The 78 year-old ‘Godfather of Poker’ was due to take part in next week’s EPT Prague Main Event followed by the Epic Poker League Main Event on December 14th. However, it seems Doyle has had a juicy offer and so has decided to pull out of these events.
Recently, Doyle Brunson has shown an aversion to travelling, as well as tournament poker itself, which can be particularly demanding on young players, let alone a Septuagenarian poker legend. In fact, Doyle Brunson even pulled out of this year’s WSOP Main Event, until fellow poker pro Dewey Tomko convinced him to reconsider.
Nevertheless, a reluctant Brunson tweeted at the time:
“You might be watching my last tournament. If I don’t play well (up my standards), I may retire from tournament poker.”
That wasn’t the last time Brunson took part in the hectic tournament scene, though, and he even made his debut at the EPT London earlier this year. Doyle finished 77th in its £5,000 Main Event for $14,658, and was then supposed to travel on to the World Series of Poker Europe, but pulled out instead.
In his latest announcement, Brunson posted on his twitter account:
“I’m not playing in the Epic tournament. I just wanted to let everybody know I like the format and will support it when possible.”
“I have an opportunity to play in a very high stakes poker game this weekend, this is why I am not playing in the EPT. Any pro would understand.”
It is unclear how a week-end cash game would over run up until the 14th when the Epic Poker League Main Even begins. What is clear, however, is that when it comes to poker tournaments, Doyle Brunson has been incredibly successful and has nothing left to prove to anyone.