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First of all, this man is known under the pseudonym "Godfather of poker". According to the Bluff magazine in 2006, he was ranked as the most influential person in the world of poker. In 1976 and 1977, Doyle won the WSOP Main Event, with a total of ten trophy bracelets from the world series. Also, this person was the first to earn $1 million by taking part in live tournaments. Over 50 years of constant games against different opponents, Doyle received a unique experience, which he then transferred to the pages of his books.

Doyle Brunson

Brunson's long journey in poker

At the 1976 WSOP, Brunson won the Deuce to Seven tournament with a prize pool of $5,000. In the main event at the 1976 WSOP, he defeated Jesy Aldo and took $200,000 in prize money. The following year, he won the Seven Card Stud Split Event with a $7,000 buy-in, followed by a win in the Main Event with a $10,000 buy-in. He beat out Gary Berland with the same hand as in 1976. Subsequently, the starting hand with a ten and a two is called "Doyle Brunson's hand". This was followed by a win in the seven-card stud tournament in 1978 with a $5,000 buy-in. In 1980, Branson almost beat STU Unger, but the poker genius beat him and took away the opportunity to win a third WSOP bracelet. In the early 2000s, Doyle moves to the Internet and at the age of 70 wins the HORSE tournament. The following year brings him a win at WPT Legends of Poker and a $1.2 million win.

Today, there is not much information about the player's early years. it is known that he was born in 1933 and had two brothers. He attended the University of Texas. Perhaps the "Godfather of poker" set foot on the path of mind games because of a sports injury that forced him to give up a career as a professional basketball player. He also has a daughter and a son who followed his father's example and also took up playing poker. As a result, the father and son opened their own website for learning the card game.

During his University years, back in 1954, Brunson first tried to play a five-card draw and made money on it for a short time. After graduation, the "Godfather of poker" was not afraid to take part in various underground games. At the same time, Doyle met Thomas Preston and Sailor Roberts, with whom he began playing. In the end, all three played from the same combined bankroll. After a short forced break due to cancer treatment, their first trip together to Las Vegas was not successful, the poker players lost a six-figure sum. After that, they stopped cooperating, but still remained friends. After a brief period of reflection, Brunson and his family move to Nevada, since at that time the state law was loyal to the game of poker.

Doyle's success and legacy

Doyle's success and legacy

Black Friday is the day when the online poker market in the United States was completely immobilized due to the blocking of the four largest poker rooms. The Federal Bureau of investigation has accused PokerStars, UltimateBet, FullTilt Poker and Absolute Poker Poker of violating the UIGEA law. Those who held senior positions were arrested, and the Bank accounts of poker rooms were also blocked. The result was a complete restriction of US citizens ' access to online poker in the country.

As of this year, the amount of money earned by him for all time is $80 million. It is also known that in 2004, the Doyles Room poker room was created, which originally existed in the Tribeca poker network (now part of Playtech iPoker). This poker room started working under the license of Curacao. The Doyles Room had the following game options: Badugi, Texas hold'em, Omaha, and seven-card stud. After the events of Black Friday, Doyle Brunson stopped working with Doyles Room, which was acquired by Americas Cardroom in October 2011.

Doyle's most famous books include:

  • "Poker Wisdom of a Champion". Here the reader will find information about Doyle's early career. The book contains anecdotes, practical tips and different approaches to playing the game.
  • "Super System. A course in power poker". The guide provides a variety of techniques for several types of gambling. The work tells about the rules of card games, techniques, and also provides an example of the history of the author's life.
  • "My 50 Most Memorable Hands". Here you can find the most memorable poker player's hands during his career. The book is of particular interest to fans of no-limit hold'em, as it contains professional recommendations. The author explains what guided him when he made certain moves.
  • "The Godfather of Poker". A kind of autobiography, where the reader learns about the difficult path of a poker player who survived cancer, showdowns with gangsters, big losses, and major victories.
  • "Online Poker: Your Guide to Playing Online Poker Safely & Winning Money". Here Doyle shares his experience of playing poker in cyberspace. Ten chapters tell the reader the main and most effective strategies in online poker.

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Today, Daniel Negreanu is one of the most famous poker players. He has six WSOP bracelets and two World Poker Tour titles. Crowds of fans are waiting for him in almost every corner of the world, and many Hollywood stars have even taken poker lessons from Daniel Negreanu.  

Professional poker: Daniel Negreanu, his achievements and strategies

Negreanu was born in 1974 in one of the largest Canadian cities – Toronto. Since childhood, Daniel became interested in logic, which later transformed into a favorite activity and a high profit. In high school, the young man began to devote all his free time to poker, and his parents supported him in this business. The boy swapped his studies for poker, never passing the exam for the game. Such a bold decision was later justified, and at the age of 21, the guy moved to the Mecca of gambling – Las Vegas, to take part in tournaments and cash games. But a number of failures caused Daniel to go home to restore the bankroll, but already in the gambling establishments of his native city.

A repeat visit to Vegas in 1997 was a success for him due to winning two World Poker Finals tournaments at once, from where he took the status of "Best all-round player". Fortune was obviously on Daniel's side at that time, so he decided to try his hand at the World Series of Poker. In 1998, the poker player was awarded the WSOP gold bracelet after winning a pot limit hold'em tournament with a $2K buy-in, which brought the player a large sum of $169,460. After a long pause of 5 years, he again decided to participate in the WSOP tournament, this time taking the second bracelet and $100 thousand. at that time, Negreanu was already well-versed in poker and even worked for a gambling institution in Las Vegas, playing at high stakes.

This continued until 2005, when Daniel terminated his contract with his employer, which forbade him to play in other establishments than his own. After that, the canadian creates his own poker room in the Network – Full Contact Poker, where he becomes known under the pseudonym Kid Poker. The room was popular and was successfully sold afterwards.

The peak of Daniel's career came in 2004, when the poker player received another bracelet in a limit hold'em competition. Negreanu won two WPT series tournaments, which eventually brought him $3 million. in the period 2005-2013, he appeared 14 times at the final tables of tournaments, some of them brought him the fourth and fifth WSOP bracelets. During these 8 years, he managed to earn over $7 million. In 2019, he was awarded the title of "Best WSOP Player".

Today Negreanu is one of the best tournament poker players in the world. The player is an official of the leading online poker room and is a member of the team of professional poker players Team PokerStars Pro. And in 2015, Daniel earned $850,000 in live tournaments. In addition, the canadian broadcasts on Twitch under the nickname DNegsPoker, and is filmed on the famous Poker Central channel. Also, the poker player opened a poker school, Daniel Negreanu directly teaches students in it. Finally, he makes a documentary about himself.

Daniel Negreanu: status and latest results

Daniel Negreanu money and titles

Over the course of his poker career, Daniel has earned almost $40 million, won 40 tournaments, collected six WSOP gold bracelets, and entered the prize zone more than 250 times.

Poker player Daniel Negreanu: tips for players

To become a professional, according to Daniel Negreanu, it is important to combine work outside the poker tables with study and practice. This is just as important as playing real poker and getting experience at the tables.

As Daniel Negreanu himself reported, the poker player's lessons and practices should include such processes:

  • Learn at least 20% of the time.
  • Don't stop at just one type of poker.
  • Use modern technologies when playing online poker.
  • The failure to assess objectively.
  • Learn strategies from other poker players.
  • Maintain a detailed report of all income and expense indicators.
  • Train your mind and body for successful performances in long tournaments.

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The exact date and details of the first poker game are still unknown. But there are some information and facts about those travelers gambling cards, which were popular not only among ordinary people, but also among the nobility.

Poker: history of the game

history of the game

Four suits are equated to four classes of people: spades correspond to the nobility, diamonds – to merchants, clubs – to peasants, and hearts-to priests.

An ancient card game that has undergone many changes over the centuries is now significantly different from the entertainment that existed before.

What we know about poker: the history of its origin refers to the 10th century. Curiously, the Chinese Emperor Mu Zeng loved to lay out paper dominoes. The excitement flared even more when the courtiers placed bets on a particular type of deal. Ancient papyri say that in the 12-13 centuries, the Egyptians also scattered cards.

Then the historical chain is interrupted until the 15th century, when the game was seen in Persia. By the way, it was the Persian people who invented the Joker. The Persians had many similar card games, one of which the aristocrats liked to play. There were 96 cards in the deck, cut into thin plates of ivory or valuable wood. The common people also played cards, but using a deck with 25 paper pictures and 5 suits.

The Persians conducted an active trade with Europe. And along with carpets and silk fabrics, they brought a card game. Entertainment of this format quickly became popular with the British, French and Germans. In each language, the rules were different, but the essence remained the same: the winner was the participant who collected the strongest combination of cards. You could also play for money, making any bets. Gambling is firmly entrenched in the minds of Europeans, people were deprived of entire fortunes, and unpaid debts became the cause of bloodshed.

Gerolamo Cardano, a Spanish mathematician, engineer, doctor, and astrologer, first described poker strategy using mathematical algorithms in his book on gambling.

A new concept has been added to the art of the game – bluff. You had to have a lot of stamina and artistry to win. There is a legend that tells about a certain Adele – a lady of blue blood, who needed to take acting classes and take poker lessons to release her son from prison, who was convicted of gambling debts. The woman bluffed so skillfully that she beat even experienced masters. As a result, after the release of her son, the lady never stopped playing. She was last seen in a gambling house at the age of 87. This leads to the conclusion that emotion control allows you to win in any game.

Poker was brought to Canada by French colonists, and from there the game went to the United States, to New Orleans, taking a modern form and becoming a national treasure.

Americans think that the progenitor of poker is the famous sharper Jonathan Harrington green, nicknamed "captain green" or "favorite of Fortune". He first described the card game of sailors and called it "poker". Once a lucky man was lucky enough to break the Bank in the amount of $23,000, and at the beginning of the 19th century it was significant money. Already in adulthood, Jonathan told about his tricks, publishing the book "Exposing the tricks of cheaters", which became a bestseller at the time.

Poker: a modern history

modern history

Poker became more and more famous and was in demand all over the world. In cities, salons with special card tables were opened, and the rules were overgrown with new nuances. There were those types that are still held at the peak of popularity, for example, Texas hold'em.

In 1968, the first mass poker competition was held in Texas, won by Crandell Addington. Addington still holds the world record for the number of wins in poker tournaments. The 1968 event was the origin of the world series of poker (WSOP), the most prestigious international competition. 2 years later, the first official WSOP tour was held at the casino "Benin Horseshoe". The event was held in Las Vegas and lasted a week.

In the modern history of poker, you need to highlight such iconic players as Johnny Moss, STU Unger, Amarillo Slim, Doyle Brunson, Chip Reese. Their portraits are now decorated with halls of gambling establishments.

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