doyle-frameHe’s a living legend, one of the most well-known faces in the game. At 75 years old, he’s played the game for generations, well before the current age of Internet poker — although he’s still in the forefront of that field, as well.

I’m talking, of course, about Doyle Brunson, the man behind DoylesRoom.com, a leading online poker website and one that remains among U.S. players’ favorite destinations. (The site switched networks earlier this year in an attempt to keep its site available to American players.)

Writing in ESPN.com yesterday, Gary Wise offers a lengthy treatise on just what makes Doyle the living legend we regard him as. Calling him “poker’s Babe Ruth”, Wise goes on to credit Doyle with a lot of poker’s current popularity, stating that he was “responsible for educating the masses” about the game before it was popular to do so.

“Brunson now stands on the precipice of the 40th installment of the World Series of Poker, the master of all he surveys,” writes Wise. “He’s watched as the WSOP has gone from a seven-player excuse to drum up cash game action in 1970 to the 8,773-player extravaganza we saw in 2006; from a family business to a corporate one. He’s had a table-side view of every major development in the history of poker’s marquee event.”

Even if it’s familiar territory, it’s a fascinating article, and we’re glad to see Doyle get this level of praise. Read it here.