Doyle Brunson Undergoes 12th Major Surgery After Cancer Diagnosis

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10-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson, is scheduled to undergo the 12th major surgery of his life after a cancerous melanoma was found in his head.

Doyle Brunson Undergoes 12th Major Surgery After Cancer DiagnosisCan you imagine the fear of heading into surgery not knowing if you’ll ever wake up again?

It’s a hypothetical for most. For Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson it’s an all too familiar thought. And yet, even as the deck continues to be stacked against him, he remains a giant—brave, brash, and oh so very Brunson like.

“Simple or not, this will be my 12th major operation. Gonna play poker now because I always heard u get lucky right before u die #justsaying,” tweeted Brunson.

And they say Phil Ivey can find an edge in any situation.

The 10-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner and Poker Hall of Famer will once again face the knife after a cancerous melanoma was found on his head.

“Got my 3rd melanoma confirmed today. Early stages should be simple operation. Fortunately, it’s on my head and everybody knows I’m hardheaded,” tweeted Brunson.

At 81-years of age this won’t be a picnic for the heard-headed one, but he has experience on his side. He has gone through this process before. None more terrifying than the diagnosis he received in 1962. With a new wife on his arm, and a bun in the oven, he was diagnosed with a malignant tumor in his neck. Specialists suggested surgery. The reason was to extend his life long enough so he could his child come into the earth. The cancer disappeared. Sent to the muck by whatever forces have conspired to create the one bona fide legend alive in poker today.

This is a battle that Brunson will expect to win. As his tweet reminded us in late January.

“Why do I hate tournaments? Because I don’t like to play poker expecting to lose #RealityCheck.”

He doesn’t like to lose in life either.


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