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Breaking: Brunson goes for record-tying WSOP win
A thick crowd gathered around the final table this afternoon with hopes of seeing Brunson match Phil Hellmuth's record-setting bracelet haul.
Brunson is one of the most well-respected players in the game, so it was no surprise that fellow pros Mike Matusow, Cyndy Violette and Mike Caro were all on hand to see the veteran poker player try to outlast his opponents at least one more time.
Caro mentioned it was a historic moment for poker if Brunson could pull it off.
"I think it will happen," said Caro. "If it doesn't happen tonight, it's still going to happen. It would be one of the greatest moments of my life if he was able to win this eleventh bracelet."
Caro didn't mince words when it came to describing what Brunson means to the poker world.
"He's put a face to poker," said Caro. "He's the ultimate icon. If you were to call anybody an ultimate icon in any profession it would be Doyle Brunson in poker."
Currently Phil Hellmuth leads the all-time WSOP bracelet winners with 11 while Brunson and Johnny Chan have been tied with 10 each since 2005. Brunson hasn't won a major tournament since 2005 although he has made several high-profile final tables including the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. in 2006.
"He takes the good and bad beats and doesn't seem to react," said Caro. "He will just take it in stride if he loses here and move on to the next hand, as we all must, but I know he wants this one badly and I hope he gets it."
Check out PokerListings' live updates to follow Brunson's progress as he attempts to make history by grabbing yet another WSOP bracelet.
Edit: Brunson is out seventh but keep checking our updates to see who takes it down.