Honouring a Legend: The Doyle Brunson Champions Invitational

May 18, 2023
Mark Patrickson

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The poker world is mourning the loss of Doyle Brunson, the “Godfather of Poker,” who passed away at the weekend aged 89. The ten-time WSOP bracelet winner and two-time Main Event champion had an immeasurable impact on the game and his legacy will live on for many generations to come.

In the wake of Brunson’s passing, a proposal by a fan to create a new tournament in his honour has emerged on social media. The event would be called "The Doyle Brunson Champions Invitational," scheduled as the final World Series of Poker tournament every year.

All players who have won a bracelet in that year would be invited to take part in a fitting tribute to one of the greatest players in history.

Clayton Molloy wrote: “Perfect time to create a WSOP event in his honor. The Doyle Brunson Champions Invitational. Last event of every year, and you only qualify if you won a bracelet during that year's world series. Made for TV.”

The event could be spiced up even further by also inviting multiple bracelet winners from the past to take part.

The WSOP organisers have run invitational events in the past, such as the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions (WSOP ToC), so this proposal could have serious chances of success.

Doyle Brunson’s incredible achievements in poker make him more than deserving of such an honour. Ten WSOP bracelets, 26 final tables, and a World Poker Tour title to top it off. $6,176,737 in live tournament earnings with many more millions from his cash game exploits.

There is no other player whose achievements have such a mark on the game, both at the table and away.

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