The Godfather of Poker

The Godfather of Poker

by Doyle Brunson, Mike Cochran
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The Godfather of Poker by Doyle Brunson, Mike Cochran

Fascinating true-life adventure of an American treasure, a man who bluffed death, survived the mean streets of Fort Worth and mob-run Las Vegas, and bet millions of dollars on everything from poker to golf, to become a two-time world champion poker player.

The story of Doyle Brunson, an American treasure and the greatest poker player of all time, is one for the ages. It’s a story of guts and glory, of good luck and bad, of triumph and unspeakable tragedy, of courage and grace. He has survived whippings, gun fights, stabbings, mobsters (the real-life ones portrayed in the movie Casino), murderers, and a death sentence when, riddled with incurable cancer, he was given months to live by doctors who told him his hand was played out. Apparently, fate had never played poker with Brunson—he lived. Of a group of 32 men he played poker with in the tough alleys of Texas, just he and one other survived the treacherous perils of that life. A master of the bluff, his most outrageous bluff came after being pistol-whipped and told he’s going to die with a gunman pointing a pistol at his forehead. Again, he lived. He’s gambled for millions of dollars—and with his life against the real-life mobsters and killers made famous in the movie Casino—and was the biggest sports bettor in the world with a reputation of betting enormous sums of money on just about anything. Doyle has not only made more money at golf than anyone else until Tiger Woods came along, he once bet one million dollars on a single hole—that, when he was virtually wheelchair-bound and could barely stand. He’s been hard-up flat broke more times than he’s got fingers and has won millions of dollars just as many times. Brunson has seen it all: from the athletic dreams and a leg shattered by a freak injury which waylaid his path to the NBA (he was drafted by the Lakers), to the devastating death of his first-born daughter, to outrageous exploits like trying to discover Noah’s Ark and raise the Titanic. Doyle’s rollercoaster of a life defines the saying: Truth is stranger than fiction. Twice a winner of the prestigious World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, he's won millions and lost millions—sometimes in seconds—but decidedly more of the former than the latter. Brunson can still be found playing in the highest stakes poker games in the world, often with as much as one million dollars in front of him. To every one of the 250 million people worldwide who play poker each year, Doyle Brunson, is the legendary “Babe Ruth of Poker”—the greatest gambler and poker player who has ever lived.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580422574
Publisher: Cardoza
Publication date: 11/10/2009
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 1,296,853
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Doyle ‘Texas Dolly’ Brunson, an American treasure, transcends the game of poker, where he is a two-time World Series of Poker champion and a living legend. He is the author of the best-selling “bible” of poker, Doyle Brunson’s Super System and its sequel, Super System 2, and three other books including Poker Wisdom of a Champion. Mike Cochran, an award-winning AP reporter and three-time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize, grew up several miles from Doyle Brunson, and spent 39 years with the international news service roving Texas, interviewing its offbeat characters and reporting on its darkest crimes and deepest secrets. Cochran has won a Katie award (for his book Shattered), six Headliner awards, two Headliners’ Star Reporter of the Year, the AP Managing Editors Top Performance Award, and the prestigious Stanley Walker journalism award in 1987 and 1991. He’s written six books including And Deliver Us From Evil, a trilogy of true-crime stories, the inspiration for a CBS Television movie, Fugitive Among Us, starring Eric Roberts and Peter Strauss. His latest book, Claytie, about Texas rancher/wildcatter/politico Clayton Williams was the best-selling title ever published by Texas A&M Univ. Press.

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McGoorty More than 1 year ago
Here is a litany of anecdotes and tall tales told by the 'good ol' boy' of poker. But one wonders how a 'good ol' boy', who claims to have found God through Christianity, can hang around with and make friends with murderers, thieves, and cheats, and brush it off by merely claiming he was a gambler and craved action. Doyle struggles with this contradiction too and after a while I began to see him not as the crafty predator of the poker table, but as a naive man who would have been on line at gamblers anonymous long ago if it weren't for his uncanny skill at the poker table. Doyle throws around such huge amounts of money on "prop bets", betting on anything from losing weight to wagering over a million dollars on a single golf game, that one wonders not just about his sanity but about the moral implications of being careless with so much money. He tells of having guns pointed and cocked at the back of his head, about people being shot dead right next to him at the poker table, all with a cest' la vie attitude that is at once endearing and perplexing. It is this ability (or inability) to react in incredibly high pressure situations that serves him best at the poker table, and in his big stakes wagers. While Doyle is no Hemmingway the anecdotes and tales do make a mosaic of an interesting man who travelled in dangerous circles. There are also the personal triumphs and tragedies Doyle relates with a self deprecating candor that brings him down from "legendary" status and makes him human. What's missing are his ideas about the playing of the game that I, as a poker player and fan, wanted more of. Doyle has written many books about the game of poker including "Super System" probably the best book ever written about poker, but I would have liked to learn about the history of his development as a poker player. I would like to know how he cracked the secrets of the game that can be so befuddling to the rest of us. Doyle is an enigmatic and uniquely American character. He is a throwback to the crazy past that we all incorrectly romanticize. But he is also a complex and interesting man, at once a naive investor in get rich quick schemes and a fearless cold-blooded calculator dealing with psychotic mafia henchmen with a cool bluff. if I could make a list of 10 people I would most like to meet, Doyle Brunson, would be in the top 5.
JohnnyPoker More than 1 year ago
As a professional poker player, I already had a high amount of respect for Doyle Brunson before reading this book. After reading it, my respect for him has gone up tenfold. To lead the life he's lead, is nothing short of amazing! It is a MUST READ for any poker player, or aspiring poker player out there. Although not a strategy book, it is probably one the most insightful looks into the life of a professional poker player ever written. I would highly recommend it to any poker player, or anyone who likes to read biographies. Guaranteed to satisfy!!
tkladybrit More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my stepdad's birthday and it was a major hit. He often watches the poker tours on tv and admired Doyle's playing style. My mom suggessted the book as a possible gift, but it was hard to find. It was not in the stores (Barnes and Noble or Borders), so I went online. I was glad that I did. Barnes and Noble delivered quickly in time for his birthday. Even with his busy work week my stepdad reads some of the book every evening. He hasn't put it down. The book is extremely entertaining with Doyle's insights and humor. A must have for any poker fan or enthusiast.
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Chazrush More than 1 year ago
I am not an avid poker player but wanted to read about the Godfather due to my curiosity of the growth of the game globally. This is the greatest book ever written about anyone. From the cotton fields to the bright lights of Vegas. From cancer to stardom. From going broke to making millions. People die and people cry in this story. Truly takes you into the moment of description. Doyle is an exceptional writer. I was totally encapsulated into the story. A must read for any gambler, father, business owner and friend.