Nov 23, 2020 While ten-deuce may be the ‘Texas Dolly’, ace-queen is known as the ‘Doyle Brunson’ of poker hands, so said because Brunson has lost the most money in his career with this hand, and tries never to. The “Doyle Brunson hand” There are many colourful names for different poker hands. Aces are nicknamed “bullets” or “pocket rockets”; pocket Kings are nicknamed “cowboys”; J-5 is known as “Jackson Five” or just “Motown”. The Doyle Brunson Hand may have the best history of all and it’s become arguably the most famous hand in poker. The actual origins of the 10-2 are stranger than fiction. Let’s take a ride through some unbelievable poker lore.

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With the sheer number of hands that have been played during all the successive World Series of Poker (WSOP) tournaments, you would think that anything could happen. But of all the unlikely strokes of fortune over nearly 50 years of the WSOP, there cannot be anything to rival Doyle Brunson taking down the championship two years running – with the very same lucky hand!

Who is Doyle Brunson?

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Doyle Brunson, nicknamed “Texas Dolly” or “The Godfather of Poker”, is one of the last of the old poker greats still standing – or at least sitting, since you’ll often see him in a motorised chair these days. He’s 83 years old, and has been plagued for most of that time by the bad knee that ended his youthful dream of becoming a professional basketball player.
Basketball’s loss is poker’s gain. Brunson has won 10 WSOP bracelets, and his poker strategy book Super/System, originally self-published in 1978, became the bible for a whole generation of poker players. In 2006, after Super/System 2 was published, Brunson was voted by Bluff Magazine the most influential force in the world of poker.

1976: Doyle Brunson wins the WSOP Main Event

In the 1976 WSOP Main Event, Doyle Brunson was heads-up with a player called Jesse Alto. Unlike Brunson, Alto was a keen amateur rather than a professional: his day job was as a car dealer. As a result, he had not fully learned to keep cool in tight spots, and Brunson said he was looking to exploit that weakness.
Jesse Alto bet out with A-J, an excellent starting hand when heads-up. Brunson called with 10-2 suited. The flop came A-J-10, giving Alto two pair. Brunson went all-in with the weaker hand, Alto of course called.
The story of the 1976 WSOP could have been about how an amateur car dealer bested the world’s top pros… but the poker gods decided otherwise. In one of the worst bad beats in Main Event history, Brunson caught runner-runner 2s on the turn and river to make a full house!

1977: Doyle Brunson wins the WSOP Main Event again – with the same hand!

They say lightning never strikes twice. Perhaps it does in Texas. The very next year, Doyle Brunson was defending his title heads-up against Gary “Bones” Berland when he looked down at 10-2 – again. Berland was dealt 8-5.
Yet again Brunson found himself behind when the flop of 10-8-5 gave him a pair, and his opponent two pair. Yet again, the 2 hit on the turn to give Brunson two pair, and this time he was ahead. When Berland pushed all-in, Brunson gladly called. Incredibly, Brunson yet again made a full house on the river when a 10 hit, and he was crowned world champion for the second year in a row.

The “Doyle Brunson hand”

There are many colourful names for different poker hands. Aces are nicknamed “bullets” or “pocket rockets”; pocket Kings are nicknamed “cowboys”; J-5 is known as “Jackson Five” or just “Motown”.
To this day, if you show 10-2, another player around the table is likely to nod wisely and say, “Ah, the ‘Doyle Brunson hand’”.

Who is Doyle Brunson? Poker player profile

  • Born in 1933, Doyle Brunson is nicknamed “Texas Dolly” or “the Godfather of Poker”
  • He is second equal in WSOP bracelets, with 10
  • He won back-to-back WSOP Main Events in 1976 and 1977
  • Doyle Brunson is the author of several books on poker including Super/System and Super/System 2

Read the first blog in our World Series of Poker mini series on how the World Series of Poker was born, and how “the Grand Old Man of Poker” earned his name.

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by Jonathan PereiraPosted on 07 Sep, 2020

Hand nicknames have been a part of the beautiful game of poker as long as it has been played such as Rainbow, Dead Man’s Hand, Backdoor and many more. The Doyle Brunson Hand is arguably the most famous hand in poker and often called the luckiest hand. Let’s take a look on how this famous hand got its name.

Who is Doyle Brunson?

Doyle F. Brunson is a retired American poker player who has played professionally for over 50 years. The 83 year old was the first player ever who officially won more than one million dollars in poker tournaments. In 2006, a poker magazine named him the most influential force in the world of poker. In addition he is one of only 4 players who won a World Series of Poker (WSOP) tournament in four consecutive years. Brunson is also the first of six players to win both the WSOP Main Event and a World Poker Tour title.

How the “Doyle Brunson hand” got its name?

In the 1976 WSOP Main Event, Brunson was heads-up with a player known as Jesse Alto. Alto was an amateur and his day job was a car dealer, whereas Brunson was a professional. The story could have been about how one of the world top professional poker players lost against an amateur car dealer. Alto bet out with A-J, an excellent starting hand when heads-up. Brunson called with 10-2 suited. The flop came A-J-10, giving Alto two pairs. Brunson went all-in with the weaker hand, Alto of course called. Brunson caught runner-runner 2s on the turn and river to make a full house and won the Main Event!

The very next year, Brunson was defending his title heads-up against Gary “Bones” Berland. Brunson looked down at his cards and found the already notorious 10-2, this time not even suited. However, Berland was looking down at the even more woeful 8-5 off-suit so both players did not make a huge move pre-flop. It was the flop that would make this hand interesting for both players. The flop 10-8-5 gave him a pair and his opponent two pairs. Brunson bet high and Berland pushed his whole stack and then the most mysterious thing of all happened – the River came up a 10. It was the exact same hand, the 10s-2s Full House that had given Brunson the championship bracelet the year before. He took the consecutive bracelet and another $340,000 in prize money.

From that moment on, the confounding 10-2 has been known to all in the poker world as The Doyle Brunson Hand. Although this hand is widely called the luckiest hand, if you happen to hold two pairs of black aces and eights, it is known as terrible luck or ‘The Dead Man’s Hand’. Esports betting sites. People are superstitious or even if they don’t count themselves as superstitious, they do have little rituals, or charms, that they believe will put them in a better position to win.

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