Todd Brunson

Todd Brunson is a professional poker player and the son of poker legend Doyle Brunson.

Born in 1969, Todd is mostly known as a cash games player and he plays with Doyle at the Bellagio in some of the biggest cash games going. More specifically, he is known for winning over $13.5 million in a 2-day span in a heads-up, $50,000-$100,000 limit hold-em game, as chronicled in 2005 book, The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King. He's been playing tournaments more often over the past few years.

Although most people assume that Todd Brunson must have learned poker from his dad when he was in diapers, Todd didn't develop an interest in poker until he was studying law at Texas Tech University. Before his senior year, he dropped out of school because he wanted to become a poker pro - and because he didn't want to get a job.

He says he started at the lowest limits and worked his way up the ladder. When he first started playing poker, Brunson says he played both tournaments and cash games. He quickly decided, however, to only play a few tournaments a year and stick to cash games in order to build his skills and his bankroll.

Doyle says that he taught Todd the basics of poker, but that Todd is mostly self-taught and learned the game just by paying it. It was only after Todd decided to become a professional poker player that the father and son began to have seriously poker conversations.

Trying to make a name for yourself as a poker player with the last name of Brunson is like trying to make a name for yourself in basketball with the last name of Jordan. Yet, Todd has managed this burden quite well. Given his list of tournament accomplishments, he is no longer considered just "Doyle Brunsons's son".

After a few random WSOP cashes in the 1990's, he cashed 21 times from 2005 to 2009. This is especially impressive since he is mainly a cash game player.

He won his first major tournament when at age 21 at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles. He then won a WSOP bracelet in the 2005 Omaha High-Low event, making the Brunsons the first father-son combination to each win bracelets. Todd Brunson also contributed to his father's book, Super System 2, writing the Seven Card Stud High Low Eight or Better section.

In 2006, Brunson won the $400,000 1st prize by beating Antonio Esfandiari's to win the Poker Superstars 3 Grand Final even though Esfandiari had more than a 22-to-1 chip lead over Brunson. Brunson also has 6 WPT cashes, with his biggest being $93,355 during season 6.

As of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $3,300,000.


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The dude has won a few 5 and 6 million dollar pots(and lost),you don't get to that point by being your dad's son lol.

headlessman1964 on March 3, 2008

He gets a particularly raw deal because his dad is Doyle, so people (wrongly) assume he is all name and no game.

The reality is he's a super-solid top stakes player in his own right be his name Brunson or Smith. on April 20, 2007

Kind of like a male version of Jennifer Harman - an 8-figure bankroll but little recognition.

HPG ADMIN on April 7, 2007

Bunch of retards here who only know of the game what they see on ESPN. There's a lot more to the poker world than Jamie Gold, tardsters, and TB is a big part of it. He was one of the biggest winners in the Andy Beal games and he was the biggest winner in High Stakes Poker Season 3. He is widely regarded by top pros as having one of the most solid, profitable cash games around. HIs chapter on Stud 8 in SSII was absolutely top notch.

Whatever his haircut is, he is one cat that I'd hate to play against. on April 7, 2007

most beautiful mullet i've ever seen. it's so businesslike in the front that it took me months to realize there was even a party going on in the back. what a hairdo.

homervdoh on December 2, 2006

Much like Dale Earnhardt Jr. in NASCAR Todd lives off of his fathers name and will NEVER accomplish anywhere's close to the legend his father is.

bad_dog76 on August 11, 2006

you beat me to it

HPG ADMIN on July 18, 2006

I think it's safe to say that Todd Brunson is NOT playing poker for your entertainment. Nor does he care what you think about his personality. He does what he does better than we do, bar none.

Soupjonz on July 18, 2006

Wheres your personality

undertaker on July 16, 2006

Todd Brunson

HPG ADMIN on June 16, 2006

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