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For some, being overshadowed by popular parents seem somehow daunting, but that isn’t the case with Todd Brunson. Instead of hiding under the shadows of his very famous father Doyle Brunson, he decided to make a name for himself – in the same poker industry as his dad. And that’s quite a feat, actually.
Having a father who is a successful poker player, you would automatically think Todd got private lessons from him. But, that’s not what happened. Surprisingly, it wasn’t until he was in college that the Darkhorse himself got into the game.
So, it’s safe to assume he is where he is now mostly because of his own skills and dedication.
Right now, he has 1 WSOP bracelet around 63 cashes.
|Full Name: Todd Alan Brunson
|DOB: August 7, 1969
|Profession: Pro poker player
|Wife: Angela Brunson
|WSOP Bracelet: 1
|Net Worth & Career Earnings: $3+ Million
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Todd Alan Brunson Bio
Most fans would automatically think that being the son of a legendary poker player means you’re set on the same path since birth, but Todd thought otherwise. In fact, he wasn’t entirely interested in the game during his early childhood days. He was much more of the bookish-academically-inclined teenage boy.
In fact, this showed so much in his grades and when he graduated elementary, he did it with honors. We could all guess that back then, poker was a far-fetched career for the young Brunson. But funny just how the world works.
But when he got into Texas Tech University, and after his parents moved to Vegas, that slowly began to change. He had to step back and think about his priorities. He was left alone in Texas because he was studying there.
This made him question whether it was all worth it. With only a year left to graduate, he decided to drop out and pursue a professional poker career instead.
During his college days, Todd played a few poker games and eventually decided to focus on it after his parents moved to Las Vegas. By the time he quit school, he was already very well into the game and even started joining tournaments. One of his first and largest winnings was a $200,000 prize money.
Not so bad for a beginner, right?
Contrary to the belief of many, Doyle didn’t help his son build up his bankroll. The junior was quite independent even at a young age and he knew better than to rely on his father’s wealth to get his way into the industry. Instead, Todd let his bankroll grow by his own skills and winnings.
After playing several cash games, he shortly began joining live tournaments, particularly World Series of Poker. But, the most popular highlight of his career was when he got branded as the “Darkhorse” after beating the superstar Chip Reese. Then considered an underdog, Todd definitely made history with that win.
He also participated in the PokerStars TV show “The Big Game” a few years ago, hosted by Amanda Leatherman (now Negreanu).
This game/show also featured other prominent poker players such as Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Laak, Phil Hellmuth, Tony G, Scott Seiver, Phil Ivey, Joe Hachem, Barry Greenstein, Bill Perkins, and so forth.
Clearly, Todd was able to get out of his father’s shadow and scored one of the biggest tournament cashes of his career so far when he won Season 3 of the Poker Superstars Invitational TV show for $400,000.
The Darkhorse: Personal Life
Even though he was born to a popular father, Todd manage to keep his personal life quiet. There’s not much information we know about his private affairs, but we are well aware that he has a wife – Angela. Additionally, they have a son who was born in 2018.
Aside from poker, Brunson junior also owns the popular Roma Deli restaurant in Las Vegas. So if he’s not playing poker, he’s probably busy managing his business.
Todd Brunson Net Worth
Right now, Todd’s net worth is valued at around $3+ million. About half of this came from his WSOP winnings.
Here are the top three cashes during his career up to date:
- 1st place Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament SII – $500,000
- 1st place 2006 Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament SIII – $400,000
- 1st place 2005 36th Annual WSOP Omaha High-low 8/OB – $255,945
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