Doyle Brunson wins the biggest prize pool in World Poker Tour history! The Bicycle Casino’s Legends of Poker Tournament, the Los Angeles stop on the phenomenal World Poker Tour, attracted 667 players for a 3,335,000 USD prize pool, the largest ever, doubling the size and the prize pool of the casino’s WPT event last season.
Last year’s event drew 309 players and generated a prize pool of 1,545,000 USD, with the winner taking home 579,375 USD. The 2004 winner of the 5,000 USD buy-in event was none other than poker legend, Doyle Brunson, thrilled to be taking home 1,173,260 USD! Doyle „Texas Dolly“ Brunson is an old-time road gambler who’s been playing poker for 50 years.
He has 2 World Series Championships and was the first to pass the million-dollar mark at the WSOP and is considered a savvy pro and a gentleman at the tables. Brunson will now advance to the WPT Championship at the end of the season in April 2005, held at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.
The top 60 Legends of Poker finishers shared in the total prize pool. Some of the most recognizable faces playing at the tables included Legends of Poker defending champion Mel Judah, Paul Phillips, Phil Hellmuth, Howard Lederer and Phil Laak.
Also counting their chips were actors Ben Affleck, James Woods and Tobey Maguire and WPT newcomer Matthew Perry („Friends“). The event drew a large contingent of the top women pros — Clonie Gowen, Annie Duke, and Jennifer Harman, among others.
Catch the Bicycle Casino on the World Poker Tour airing on Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel!