Ten-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner, back-to-back WSOP Main Event winner, and “The Godfather of Poker,” Doyle Brunson, celebrated his 77th birthday yesterday. No doubt he had a fun party and received some nice gifts, but tonight, he is returning the favor. At 9:30pm ET tonight, Texas Dolly’s online poker room, Doyle’s Room, will be holding a special $50,000 Birthday Bounty tournament.
There are a number of bonus prizes in addition to the regular prize money in the $27.50 buy-in tournament. First and foremost are the pro bounties. Three Doyle’s Room pros – Todd Brunson, Pam Brunson, and Mike “America’s Mad Genius” Caro – will be marked. Any player who knocks out one of them will receive a $1,000 cash prize. If anyone eliminates two of the three pros, he will win $10,000. And if someone is fortunate and skilled enough to send all three to the rail, that player will bank a massive $50,000 bounty prize.
Additionally, the ten players who make the final table will earn seats in this Saturday’s Todd Brunson Montana Poker Challenge Semi-Final. One in ten players in the Grand Finale on August 22nd will win a prize package that includes a $1,110 seat in the Todd Brunson Montana Poker Challenge Main Event and spending money. The Challenge is a one-week poker experience, which includes the Main Event in which players will square off with Todd Brunson and the rest of the Brunson clan. It will be held from August 31st to September 6th in Big Fork, Montana.
There are a couple other bonuses in the bounty tournament, as well. If a player knocks out Doyle with the famous “Brunson” hand, 10-2, they’ll win an additional $5,000. The winner of the entire tournament will also receive $500 in casino chips to use at Doyle’s Casino.
As an added incentive, Doyle’s Room will refund the $27.50 buy-in for the $50,000 Birthday Bounty tournament for anyone playing in the weekly bounty event for the first time. Regardless of whether or not a player wins money, as long as it is their first time trying out one of the Bounty tournaments, the buy-in will be on the house.
Doyle’s Room is a member of the Cake Poker Network, which also includes the likes of Phil Laak’s Unabomber Poker, Power Poker, and of course the network’s flagship, Cake Poker. The Cake Poker network is currently ranked 16th in cash game traffic, according to PokerScout.com.
Doyle Brunson is known as the Grandfather of Poker for his long career and his outstanding contribution to the game of poker as we know it. Tex Dolly was among the first few who took poker playing seriously enough to make a living out of it, back in the days when playing poker could cost someone their life. Brunson’s classic “Super System” became known as The Bible of Poker, and it changed the way Texas Hold’em is played to this day.