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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