High Stakes Poker: Episode 3 – Doyle Brunson Shows Age is Just a Number

Updated Updated: January 26, 2023

At age 88, the Grandfather of Poker displayed he’s still got what it takes to play High Stakes Poker with the best of them. In the third episode of High Stakes Poker, Doyle Brunson took the rest of the cast to school, winning several major hands and taking home a nice jackpot.

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In total, Brunson won six hands and chopped one, and it appeared as if the legendary poker player could do no wrong during his time on episode three. Brunson slowly but surely stacked up his chips and made crucial moves at just the right moments. Experience, it seems, is very advantageous in the poker world.

Brunson won five small but important hands, but evidently wanted to take things up a notch, thereby putting the straddle up to $800. Jean-Robert Bellande, another poker champion, turned up the heat even more and made the straddle $1,600.

Dwan, with his 6 of Spades and 3 of Spades, made it $5,000, which had the knock-on effect of Daniel Negreanu calling the 5K using the Queen of Diamonds and 9 of Diamonds. Brunson, sensing victory could be close, continued with $30,800 using the 7 of Spades and 7 of Hearts. Not wanting any part of things, Bellande, Dwan, and Negreanu all folded and the wily, old Brunson laughed as he took in his winnings.

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Dwan starts out well but cools off later

Tom Dwan, who didn’t have the best of luck during the first two HSP episodes, was clearly looking for a big start right out of the gates. Well, he got it, as Dwan won back some of his chips, including the first three hands and a $60,800 pot.

Dwan’s success didn’t last long, however, as he and Negreanu battled over a six-figure pot. Dwan, holding the Ace of Clubs and Jack of Spades, kicked things off with $400, but the Finn, Patrik Antonius, raised things considerably to $2,000 using the 10 of Spades and 8 of Spades.

Dwan could be seen toying with some of the chips in his $120,000 stack, and eventually the flop came with Jack of Diamonds, 10 of Clubs, and 4 of Hearts, giving Dwan just a top pair. With the pot up to $88,000, viewers were shocked when Dwan went all in, and appearing nonchalantly, Negreanu too did the same.

The pair decided to run it twice, with the first board completed as a Queen of Hearts and 4 of Clubs river. The second board turned out to be a Queen of Spades and 7 of Spades river, which meant Negreanu (not usually a huge winner on High Stakes Poker), practically danced away from the table with a giant pot worth  $272,600. The players joked that Negreanu was a bad winner, as he sat on a total stack of chips totalling close to $350,000.

While it’s clear that Dwan’s luck is bound to turn for at least the next episode, it’s still a bitter pill to swallow for a player so renowned for his stellar skills with the cards and chips. It’s also incredibly refreshing to see Doyle Brunson still be so competitive and of course, winning some major amounts!

Catch all the High Stakes Poker action and more from Brunson, Dwan, Ivey, and Negreanu every Monday night at 8pm ET exclusively streamed on PokerGO.