Doyle Brunson Opts Out of WSOP Main Event

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A deep run in the WSOP Main Event isn’t in the cards this year for Doyle Brunson.

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Doyle Brunson was itching to play at the 2022 WSOP, but on the advice of his doctor, decided there’s too much COVID floating around to be safe. (Image: PokerGO)

Citing the advice of his doctor, Brunson announced on Twitter Thursday that he’ll be sitting out of all WSOP tournaments this year, including the 2022 Main Event.

Brunson, 88, said earlier in June that he would be skipping most of the WSOP because two people in his house weren’t vaccinated.

But a few days later, he was “chomping at the bit” to play, and by last Tuesday, declared he was ready to give the 2022 Main Event a go, COVID be damned.

He claims his doctor thought differently, however. Brunson, a 10-time WSOP bracelet winner who won the Main Event in 1976 and 1977, will be missing the entirety of the 2022 WSOP — the first time the annual festival is being held on the Las Vegas Strip.

Doyle Brunson’s WSOP Main Event Cashes

Year Place Payout
2013 409th $28,063
2009 (WSOP Europe) 17th £32,198
2004 53rd $45,000
1997 16th $25,440
1983 3rd $108,000
1982 4th $52,000
1980 2nd $146,000
1977 1st $340,000
1976 1st $220,000

Brunson has flirted with retirement from poker through much of his 80s, but the call of the WSOP always seems to draw him back. After a 409th-place finish in 2013, Brunson sat out of the Main Event in 2014, claiming the two-week tournament was physically too grueling.

In 2018, he officially “retired” from poker only to return in 2021 to play in the $1,000 Super Seniors and the $10K Main Event, in neither of which did he cash.

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