Every poker player knows the oft-told 10-2 story, but nobody tells it like Doyle himself. It was exciting to hear this poker legend gleefully describe each moment in vast detail, as if it were yesterday when he won the championship event of the World Series of Poker in two consecutive years with 10-2 both times. It is a story that deserves to be retold over and over in the memoirs of a poker legend.
But first, Doyle said there was a little-known fact about him. He was also the first person to win a cumulative million dollars in tournaments at the WSOP!
Besides winning nine WSOP bracelets and finishing in the money 23 times, Doyle also distinguishes himself by being a member of the Poker Hall of Fame and an inaugural inductee to the World Poker Tour’s Walk of Fame.
I asked Doyle about the famous 10-2 hand, and he stated, “I had played in every World Series of Poker since it started in 1970. In ’76, I was heads up against Jessie Alto. I had just beaten the guy in a big pot; he was a notorious steamer, so, naturally, when he raised the pot, I called him with the 10spades 2spades. He had an A-J and hit aces and jacks on the flop, with one spade. I had tens. He bet and I called. When a deuce fell on the turn, I moved in on him. I caught another 10 on the river to beat him!
“The next year, I was in the big blind and had 10-2 against Bones Berland. The flop came 10-8-5. I checked, and he checked. He had eights and fives. The fourth card was a deuce. I bet, he moved in on me, and I called. The last card was a 10 again. So, in both hands, I made a full house.”
Doyle added, “A 10-2 almost won a third Pengeluaran Hktournament when Stuey (Ungar) and Perry (Green) were playing the second year that Stuey won it. Perry had more chips than Stuey and they got it all in. The flop was J-9-8 with two clubs. Perry had the 10clubs 2clubs, but Stuey had the Aclubs Jclubs. The fourth card was a 6 and the last one was a blank. If a queen or 7 had come, Perry would have won the tournament with a straight and it would have been the third time a 10-2 had won it.”
Doyle confided, “I played the 10-2 many times after that. Let’s just say, I don’t play it anymore.”
Phil Hellmuth, who won the WSOP championship event at the tender age of 23, said: “Doyle has plowed the road for the rest of us. He is the man with all of the records, recognition, books, and respect. He is the man I’m chasing in my quest to make poker history, and he’s still winning World Series events at age 70! Rock on, Doyle!”