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Monday, July 14th, 2008

Doyle Needs Cheese

Written by Tom Somach in Poker News

Hey, Doyle, want some cheese with that whine?

Normally classy poker pro Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson, who has won two World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Events in his career, has shocked the poker world by making lame excuses about why he got bounced so early from this year’s WSOP Main Event.

Never previously known as a whiner or excuse-maker, Brunson, who’s won 10 WSOP championship gold bracelets in his life, is blaming his poor showing at this year’s WSOP Main Event on fatigue–he says he was too tired to play poker well because of all the autographs he signed!

On his web log (blog) or online diary at, Brunson wrote: “The worst day of the year is usually when you get knocked out of the Main Event. This year for me it was a relief to get it over with.

“I spent three days signing books and autographs on the stage of the (poker) expo. It was 4-5 hours and I felt totally exhausted when it was over. I’ve never felt like not playing any form of poker as I did when I sat down for the first hand.

“I guess we live and learn and I’ll never work like that before a poker game again. I was embarrassed by the way I played, but there isn’t much you can do with no enthusiasm. Poker is so much mental but you can’t go back, only forward…

“Maybe this is just part of getting old but I’ve always laughed at people when they said they were tired. I guess I was blessed with great endurance but it is catching up to me now.”

To his credit, however, Brunson realizes he is being a pompous whiner by making excuses about his poor play.

He concludes his blog comments about his disastrous showing at the WSOP Main Event by noting, “Well, that’s enough whimpering about me.”

(E-mail Tom Somach at [email protected].)

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