WSOP To Celebrate The Life Of Doyle Brunson At Horseshoe Las Vegas On July 2

Written By Marc Meltzer on June 26, 2023
Honoring Poker Legend Doyle Brunson

Caesars and the World Series of Poker (WSOP) plan to celebrate the life of poker legend Doyle Brunson at the Jubilee Theater inside Horseshoe Las Vegas On July 2 at noon. Doors open at 11:30 am. The celebration is free and open to the public.

Seating for the memorial and celebration of Brunson is first come, first served. WSOP is taking place at Paris Las Vegas and Horseshoe so attendance should be high.

Brunson passed away in May at 89. The memorial will celebrate the life of the “Godfather of Poker.”

What to expect at the celebration

The celebration of Brunson’s life is being put together by his management company, Poker Royalty, LLC, and numerous poker organizations. WSOP, the World Poker Tour (WPT), and PokerGO are all helping to organize the celebration of Brunson’s life at Horseshoe.

This event will be a tribute to Brunson and will feature memories and remarks from his closest friends and family. You can read about one such memory here. Some of the poker legends on hand include:

  • Jack Binion
  • Billy Baxter
  • Phil Hellmuth
  • Daniel Negreanu

Lyle Berman, Dewey Tomko, Eric Drache, and more will share their memories of Brunson’s legacy.

Brunson’s impact on poker

The legendary poker player won 10 WSOP bracelets, reached 26 WSOP final tables, and one win on the WPT. “Texas Dolly” started affecting the game before the organized poker accomplishments.

Brunson was an intrepid poker player on the Texas gambling circuit in his early days. He continued to play as he headed west to become a dominant force in the Las Vegas cash game scene.

His game so was strong that his support of WSOP and the World Poker Tour (WPT) helped increase the awareness of these events to their current status as the leading poker organizations in the world.

Brunson helped revolutionize how poker players are educated. Throughout his career, Brunson became an authoritative resource in poker instruction.

He will continue to inspire generations of poker players. His insights into the game will last forever through his iconic books, including “Super/System,” “Super/System II,” and “The Godfather of Poker.”

2023 WSOP Hall of Fame finalists

Brunson was inducted into the WSOP Poker Hall Of Fame in 1998. In a rare occurrence of multiple-player inductions, he and Jack “Treetop” Straus were inducted during the same year. Brunson’s son Todd was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2016.

There will be one new poker player inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame this year. The 10 finalists are:

  • Josh Arieh
  • Jeremy Ausmus
  • Ted Forrest
  • Kathy Liebert
  • Mike Matusow
  • Lon McEachren and Norman Chad
  • Brian Rast
  • Matt Savage
  • Isai Scheinberg
  • Bill Smith

Lon McEachren and Norman Chad are considered one person in for the Hall of Fame nomination. The iconic announcing team wouldn’t be as great without the other.

The next member of the WSOP Hall Of Fame will be voted on by the 32 living members. The new Poker Hall of Fame inductee will be announced during WSOP event No. 86 on Thursday, July 13. This is the $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty No-Limit Hold’em event.

Following the event there will be an unveiling of the inductee’s Hall of Fame picture at the new WSOP Poker Room inside Horseshoe.

Photo by Isaac Brekken/AP photo; illustrated by PlayUSA
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Marc grew up on the mean streets of the South Bronx. He's the rare combination of Yankees and Jets fan which explains his often contrarian point of view. Marc is a freelance writer and social media consultant. Writing about steak, booze, gambling and Las Vegas is a tough job but somebody has to do it.

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