WSOP: Brunson bows out of tournament action

The excitement of WSOP APAC has barely subsided but the global poker focus will soon shift back to Las Vegas for the 44th running of the World Series of Poker.

And, for the first time in the history of the WSOP, Doyle Brunson (pictured left) won’t be at the tournament tables. The 10-time WSOP bracelet winner tweeted to his followers last week, writing, “Afraid I am finally gonna give in to Father Time and pass on tournament play at WSOP. #toomanyhours”.

Brunson will instead focus on the myriad cash game opportunities on offer at the Rio and numerous other card rooms around Vegas during the WSOP.

As reported on PokerNewsDaily, signs had been pointing to Brunson’s retirement from tournament poker for a while, anyway. He will turn 80 years old this summer and grinding 12 hours a day for weeks at a time doesn’t appeal as much as it once did.

Brunson was part of the first WSOP event back in 1970 where he joined Johnny Moss, ‘Amarillo Slim’ Preston, Brian ‘Sailor’ Roberts, Crandell Addington, Carl Cannon and Puggy Pearson.

His activity at the WSOP had been declining in recent years. In 2011, he played in only seven WSOP events and last year, he played in only four. The last of his 10 WSOP bracelets (which puts him in a tie with Johnny Chan for second all-time behind Phil Hellmuth and his 13 titles) was earned in 2005, when he won the $5000 Short-Handed No-Limit Hold’em event over a final table that included Minh Ly, Scotty Nguyen, Layne Flack, Ayaz Mahmood and Jason Lester.

His last cash at the World Series of Poker came in 2009 when he placed 17th in the Championship Event of the WSOP Europe. The most recent cash of Brunson’s tournament career was back in the spring of 2011 when he made a small score at the EPT London Main Event.

During the better part of the last decade, one of the highlights of the WSOP has been the day Brunson sits down at the Main Event. The last time he made the money in the Main Event was in 2004 when placed 53rd.

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