About Todd Brunson

Todd Brunson
Name Todd Brunson
Current Residence
Born Aug. 7, 1969
Birth Place El Paso Texas , US

With a father like Doyle Brunson, most people would assume Todd grew up living and breathing poker. The fact is, however, the first time Todd played was after he graduated from high school when he accompanied his father to Australia (where Doyle was competing in a poker tournament), and the game didn't actually become a regular part of Todd's life until he went to college.

Growing up, his family moved between Texas, Las Vegas and California before ultimately resettling in El Paso when Todd was about 15 years old. His teenage years were relatively relaxed, as Todd and his two sisters were given a lot of freedom by their parents and often hightailed it across the border to Juarez, Mexico, to hang out. When Todd was 18, his parents relocated to Las Vegas once more and he stayed behind to attend college at Texas Tech in Lubbock.

Todd had just finished his third year of university and was on his way to acquiring a law degree when he decided he wanted to pursue a career in poker instead. He'd spent the past few years teaching himself how to play with his buddies and had developed a real taste and talent for the game. At the age of 21, he won his first major prize: first place in the $200,000 Diamond Jim Brady tournament at the Bicycle Club in Los Angeles, then one of the biggest poker tournaments in the world.

Following his win, he dropped out of university and began a steady ascent in the world of poker, earning his first bracelet in a World Series of Poker event in the $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split in 2005.

Todd has achieved great successes at the poker table and has finished in the money in dozens of tournaments, including 13 WSOP and four World Poker Tour (WPT) events, as well as the Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament, the First Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open, the Hall of Fame Poker Classic and the 2004 Plaza Ultimate Poker Challenge.

Despite his tournament success, Todd preferred the big money allure of high-stakes cash games to fill his bank account. Known as one of the best, if not the best, high-stakes cash game player in the world, Todd is a regular in the cash games at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, where he lives with his wife, and he was one of the pros who took on Texas billionaire Andy Beal in the most recent of the legendary matches between Beal and The Corporation.

It wasn't until the recent poker boom that Todd became more interested in tournament play and let events like the WSOP, the Poker Superstars Invitational, and the Ultimate Poker Challenge series increase his bankroll and his exposure in the poker world.

"Poker tournaments have gone through the roof thanks to the Internet and televised tournaments that expose players' hole cards. Cash game players, including myself, have been drawn back into the tournament arena by the huge prize pools and large numbers of novice players looking for instant glory," Brunson said.

For Brunson, the game has primarily been about the money rather than fame, glory or glamour. However, with fame comes many more moneymaking opportunities such as sponsorships and poker books. He is a prominent representative of his father's poker room, DoylesRoom.com, and he recently wrote the Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo section for Super/System 2, the sequel to his father's legendary book, Super/System. He also contributed a chapter to Daniel Negreanu's upcoming poker work. In addition, Todd is working on a poker book of his own.

His credibility and the advice he is writing up are only enhanced by his 2005 WSOP win. Not only was it a historic moment in his own poker career, but it was a historic poker event as Doyle also won a WSOP bracelet in 2005, making them the first father and son to win a bracelet in both the same year and overall at the WSOP.

Todd will likely continue to make history in the world of poker as he impresses and wows poker pros and enthusiasts alike with his skills and successes. Indeed, his steady march out of his father's shadow and into an equally legendary status of his own can only increase as he builds upon his extensive poker knowledge and expertise.


  • Dropped out of college to pursue a career as a professional poker player
  • Won first major tournament at age 21 at the Bicycle Casino in L.A.
  • One of the best high stakes cash game players in the world
  • Plays under the alias "Sam Grizzle" at PokerStars.com
  • Has more than $3 million in tournament winnings

Todd Brunson recent tournament placings

Place Winnings Tournament
70 $2,724 WSOP 2016, Event 66 - $1000 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold'em
5 $79,381 WSOP 2016, Event 43 - $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better Championship
7 $50,872 WSOP 2016, Event 32 - $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship
41 $2,266 WSOP 2016, Event 7 - $1500 2-7 Draw Lowball No-Limit
13 $7,716 WSOP 2015, Event 65 - $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better
386 $1,000 WSOP 2015, Event 55 - $1,500 Draftkings 50/50 No-Limit Hold'em
32 $2,838 WSOP 2015, Event 52 - $1,500 Dealers Choice
3 $52,977 WSOP 2015, Event 39 - $1,500 Ten-Game Mix
14 $20,261 WSOP 2015, Event 15 - $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em Championship
2 $165,891 WSOP 2014, Event 61 - $10,000 Seven-Card Stud
261 $1,840 WSOP 2014, Event 56 - $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
11 $115,447 WSOP 2014, Event 46 - $50,000 Poker Players Championship
28 $3,880 WSOP 2014, Event 41 - $1,500 Dealer's Choice
13 $25,569 WSOP 2014, Event 38 - $10,000 Stud Hi-Low
6 $75,681 WSOP 2014, Event 28 - $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em
31 $2,767 WSOP 2014, Event 16 - $1,500 2-7 Triple Draw
24 $10,304 WSOP 2013, Event 29 - $5,000 HORSE
3 $107,349 WSOP 2013, Event 20 - $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low
2 $166,269 WSOP 2012, Event 15 - $5,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low
61 $4,164 WSOP 2012, Event 8 - $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low 8 or Better
7 $22,142 WSOP 2012, Event 4 - $1,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8 or Better
394 $30,974 WSOP 2011, Event 58 - $10,000 Main Event World Championship
19 $7,709 WSOP 2011, Event 17 - $1,500 HORSE
10 $18,045 WSOP 2010, Event 48 - $2,500 Mixed Game
18 $21,997 WSOP 2010, Event 43 - $10k HORSE Championship
52 $4,296 WSOP 2010, Event 4 - $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low
14 $32,693 2009 WSOP, Event 33 - $10,000 Limit Hold'em World Championship
77 $3,270 2009 WSOP, Event 3 - $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo Split
42 $25,855 WPT Season 7, Bellagio Cup IV
12 $19,425 2008 WSOP, Event 22, H.O.R.S.E.
292 $3,486 2008 WSOP, Event 2, No-Limit Hold'em
24 $25,120 EPT Season 4, EPT San Remo
15 $96,355 WPT Season 6, Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic
459 $29,883 2007 WSOP, Event 55, World Championship No-Limit Texas Hold'em
7 $51,669 2007 WSOP, Event 54, World Championship No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball w/Re-Buys
43 $4,957 2007 WSOP, Event 44, Omaha Hi-Low Split
14 $15,134 2007 WSOP, Event 36, World Championship Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better
20 $6,263 2007 WSOP, Event 9, Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better
38 $11,658 2007 WSOP, World Championship Mixed Hold'em (Limit/No-Limit) (3 Day Event)
49 $4,805 2006 WSOP, Event 25, No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
6 $77,550 2005 WSOP, Event 35, $10,000 Pot-limit Omaha
1 $255,945 2005 WSOP, Event 21, $2,500 Omaha High-Low Split
8 $65,705 2005 WSOP, Event 13, $5,000 No-limit Hold'em
74 $2,215 2005 WSOP, Event 3, $1,500 Pot-limit Hold'em
15 $16,337 WPT Season 2, World Poker Challenge
16 $13,912 WPT Season 1 , Five Diamond World Poker Classic

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Player analysis

Todd graduated from poker at college to the Vegas games. He worked his way up to the biggest limits and has been successful at all forms of poker. He demonstrated surprising writing skills as the author of the Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo section in Super/System 2. Todd will be in the spotlight for many years to come.

Amusing Anecdote

Todd has occasionally criticized his dad's plays in public. Doyle maintains his composure and sarcastically responds, "I know, Todd. I'm the idiot who sired a genius."

Doyle calls Todd after big games and especially after big tournaments. Doyle will ask, "How did you do?" If Todd won, the answer is always, "I played, didn't I?"

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