Doyle Brunson was a giant. I’ve spent close to 40 years reading about him, thinking about him, making up stories inspired by aspects of the world he created. He was like the Robert Moses of poker, in a way. Would not be denied. Would not relent. His influence will be felt long after we are all gone.

Super System remains the most important poker book ever written. And his narrative tales of life on the Texas poker circuit are as good as any written by those of us who write for a living.

He was always kind to me. Gracious. Even when he didn’t agree with the way Dave and I portrayed the world of poker.

We reconnected a few years back, and every time we corresponded, I kind of couldn’t believe it.

What a life. What a legend. What a legacy.

Texas Dolly.

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Brian Koppelman

I'm co-creator/Executive producer of Showtime's Billions. Some of the films I've either written/produced/directed are Solitary Man, Rounders, Ocean's Thirteen, Knockaround Guys, Runaway Jury, The Girlfriend Experience & the 30/30 Documentary on Jimmy Connors. I'm also the host of the podcast The Moment.

One thought on “Doyle”

  1. 100% agree.

    RIP Pioneer. Legend. Gracious. Relentless. Have never heard a negative word uttered against him.

    The ultimate competitor (and a great athlete!)

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