Poker legend Doyle Brunson announced last week that he is fighting a form of skin cancer known as squamous-cell cancer.
The seventy-nine-year-old revealed the news on his twitter account last Tuesday.
“It was malignant. 4 times I have heard that in my life. Chilling way to start the day. Squamas cell cancer, nothing to worry about.#yeahright,” Brunson said on Twitter.
Brunson, affectionately known as the godfather of poker, received support from a number of big names in the poker industry.
“Normal health rules don’t apply to you sir. You’ll be 150 and keep doctors shaking their heads cause they can’t explain St.Louise,” Daniel Negreanu said on Twitter.
This is the fourth time that Brunson has been diagnosed with cancer and he was lucky to survive a particularly nasty bout of the illness in 1962.
Doctors had all but given up hope of saving Brunson and performed a radical surgery that they hoped would keep him alive long enough to see the birth of his first child.
Miraculously the surgery was a complete success and after eight hours doctors were stunned to find that there were no traces of the cancer in Brunson’s system.
The well-read poker author discussed the ordeal in his bestselling booker Super System 2.
“The odds against merely surviving the operation itself were very high. A month earlier the black corruption of melanoma had been visible to the naked eye. That the cancer had disappeared was incomprehensible to the staff at the hospital. Five doctors had unanimously agreed that it was a medical impossibility for me to live longer than a few more months, with or without the operation,” Brunson wrote.
Even at seventy-three years of age Brunson remains one of the biggest high stakes poker players in the world and amazingly still has the stamina and mental capabilities to compete with the very best players in the world.
He does not play many tournaments these days but is still a ten-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and won the first two World Series of Poker World Championships.