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Has Doyle Brunson Lost a Step?

23 April 2009, By: compncards

Doyle Brunson skipped the recent WPT Championship at Bellagio in Las Vegas.

As he stated in his blog, a lot of the reason had less to do with poker as with life issues.  He did state that he has spent 10 to 12 hour days in the cash games in Bobby's Room during the event.

It isn't that he is playing poker; it is just that he didn't feel up to a tournament.

Doyle has been noticeably losing a step or two in recent years.  While he is still a good player, he isn't the overpowering force in poker that he once was.  Some people try to say that this is due to the game passing him by.  The game has not passed Doyle by, he is just getting old.

Doyle hasn't won a bracelet since 2005, but he has been in position to several times.  He made the final table of the first ever WSOP $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event, the final table of the 2007 PLO World Championship and made deep runs in both the 2008 $50,000 H.O.R.S..E. Event and the $10,000 Mixed Championship.

I personally watched him bubble from the Omaha 8 or Better World Championship.  Doyle may not be the same player he once was, but he can still play well enough to be a threat on any given day.

There is another way to look at Doyle Brunson.  Remember when Michael Jordan played for the Washington Wizards?  Jordan had clearly lost a step.  However, he was still better than 75% of the players in the league and probably on the planet.

So if you think that Doyle no longer can play, you may end up like Scott Fischman at the 2004 WSOP when he told his buddies, "Doyle just busted my ass!"

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