legendary poker player Doyle Brunson

Although he has enjoyed a tremendous tenure as a legendary poker player, Doyle Brunson wasn’t always known for his exploits on the poker table. His expertise in another area – athletics – have also brought him great honour, including his recent induction into yet another organization’s Hall of Fame.

Brunson, presently 83 years old, was inducted into the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame at the end of April for his efforts on the basketball court. The Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame honors athletes from a 19-county area for their achievements in game. Brunson was a standout basketball player while still in high school at Sweetwater High School, featuring All-State in the sport, while also clinching the mile in 1950 at the Texas Interscholastic Track Meet in a time of just 4:43. Brunson would then move on to greater endeavours after going to college.

This is only the latest Hall of Fame to honour Brunson. His achievements in the poker world – a back-to-back World Champion by grabbing the World Series of Poker Championship Event, an overall ten-time WSOP bracelet winner, a noteworthy road gambler and recognition as the “Godfather of Poker” from his seminal tome on the game – warranted his induction into the Poker Hall of Fame way back in 1988 and, due to his feats on the basketball floor, he was thus inducted into the Hardin-Simmons University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009. His induction into the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame is the third instance where an organization has chosen to honor Brunson with enshrinement.