Poker fans were left heartbroken after learning that one of America's greatest players passed away this weekend.
According to the New York Times, legendary poker champion Doyle Brunson died on Sunday at age 89. Brunson's agent tweeted out a statement from his family.
"It is with a heavy heart we announce the passing of our father, Doyle Brunson. He was a beloved Christian man, husband, father and grandfather," the statement explained.
"We’ll have more to say over the coming days as we honor his legacy. Please keep Doyle and our family in your prayers. May he rest in peace," it added.
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“It is with a heavy heart we announce the passing of our father, Doyle Brunson. He was a beloved Christian man, husband, father and grandfather. We’ll have more to say over the coming days as we honor his legacy. Please keep Doyle and our family in your…
— Brian Balsbaugh (@Balsbaugh) May 15, 2023
The Times noted that Brunson managed to prevail in 10 World Series of Poker tournaments, racking up the second-highest number of wins any player has ever achieved.
"The testosterone that floods most of today’s games owes its existence to Brunson’s philosophy of attack, the outlaw whiff of his style, the cowboy jingle-jangle of his prose," the Times quoted Sports Illustrated as stating in 2005.
In addition to winning at the table, Brunson also found success as an author in 1979 when he wrote the poker strategy book "Super System."
The Times recalled how Brunson's poker career began with illegal games in his native Texas and eventually led to a lucrative career in Las Vegas.
The paper also pointed out that he and his son Todd made history in 2005 by becoming the first ever parent-child duo to win at the World Series of Poker.
Tributes to Brunson quickly appeared on social media, including from actor James Woods, who praised the fallen poker player for being "gracious to my late dear brother and every friend I introduced him to."
This one is a heartbreaker. Doyle Brunson, the greatest poker player who ever lived, has cashed in his chips.
Doyle was so kind and helpful to me. He was gracious to my late dear brother and every friend I introduced him to. A gentleman and a genuine legend. #TexasDolly #RIP https://t.co/Zqc4C1Tc9t pic.twitter.com/Ad9ht8uNQg
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) May 15, 2023
Actress Jennifer Tilly lamented Brunson's passing as well. She spoke fondly of how Brunson "had a wicked sense of humor and always put a smile on my face."
Rip #DoyleBrunson. I had the pleasure of playing with him many times. He had a wicked sense of humor and always put a smile on my face. Even when he bluffed me out of a hand he did it in such a genial way, I felt like it had somehow been an honor for him to take my chips. #Legend pic.twitter.com/Bzn9GElEFC
— Jennifer Tilly (@JenniferTilly) May 15, 2023