Todd Brunson

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Todd Brunson
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Todd Brunson at the 2006 World Series of Poker'
Nickname(s) Darkhorse
Residence Las Vegas, Nevada
Born (1969-08-07) August 7, 1969 (age 45)
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 1
Money finish(es) 33
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
13th, 1992
World Poker Tour
Title(s) None
Final table(s) None
Money finish(es) 7
European Poker Tour
Title(s) None
Final table(s) None
Money finish(es) 1
Information accurate as of 12 September 2010.

Todd Alan Brunson[1] (born August 7, 1969) is an American professional poker player and the son of poker player Doyle Brunson. Doyle Brunson did not teach Todd Brunson how to play; it was not until he was studying law at Texas Tech University that he learned how to play on his own. Before his senior year, he dropped out of school to turn professional.[2]

Most of his years as a poker player have been spent playing cash games. He plays at the Bellagio in some of their biggest cash games. Brunson won a bracelet in Omaha High Low at the 2005 World Series of Poker, making the Brunsons the first father-son combination to each win bracelets at the World Series. Todd Brunson also contributed to his father's book, Super System 2, the 2005 sequel to Doyle Brunson's poker book Super/System, writing the Seven Card Stud High Low Eight or Better section.

His nickname "Darkhorse" comes from a tournament he played early in his career, where he was reckoned to be a huge underdog, but outlasted the likes of Chip Reese.

He competed in the Poker Superstars 2 Grand Final against Johnny Chan.

In 2006, he competed in the Poker Superstars 3 Grand Final against Antonio Esfandiari and defeated him by winning the first three matches in a best three out of five heads-up format. In the third round he was down to 170,000 chips against 3,830,000 chips owned by Esfandiari and eventually won by getting more than five double ups. Brunson took home the $400,000 first prize

In 2006, he competed in the Poker Superstars 2 quarter-finalists freeroll and took home the $500,000 first prize after defeating Ted Forrest in the final heads-up confrontation.

He won over $13.5 million in a two-day span in a heads-up, $50,000-$100,000 limit hold-em game,[when?] as chronicled in the 2005 book, The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King.

Brunson has also competed in the Ultimate Poker Challenge series. He has also appeared in the GSN series High Stakes Poker.

In 2009, Brunson made a guest appearance on one of the final episodes of the series Stargate Atlantis (#519 "Vegas"), during a poker game set in Las Vegas.[citation needed]

As of 2012, his total live tournament winnings exceed $3,600,000.[3] His 33 cashes as the WSOP account for $999,094 of those winnings.[4]

World Series of Poker bracelets[edit]

Year Tournament Prize (US$)
2005 $2,500 Omaha High-Low Split $255,945

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