Late Poker Legend Brunson Gets Tribute With PokerStars Tournament

Late Poker Legend Brunson Gets Tribute With PokerStars Tournament
By Bill Ordine
Fact Checked by Jim Tomlin

Ontario online poker players will have a shot for free money in the PokerStars North American Championship of Online Poker series that is currently ongoing and runs through Oct. 2. That’s the last day of the North American Championship of Online Poker (NACOOP).

The event is being called the Ten-Deuce freeroll, which is an acknowledgement of the “Godfather of Poker.” That’s the nickname of the late Doyle Brunson, who died in May. Brunson won the World Series of Poker Main Event twice with a starting hand of 10-2. That starting hand has come be known as simply “A Brunson.”

In the Ontario online casinos market, poker players will have the chance to win $10,200 in prize pools in the freeroll.

Similarly, in the United States’ online poker markets, players who are in the shared liquidity states, New Jersey and Michigan, as well as separately in Pennsylvania will also have the opportunity to win $10,200 worth of prizes in the freeroll.

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Eligibility for North American COOP

Players must be located within an eligible jurisdiction to participate. Ontario is the only Canadian province with fully legal, regulated online poker, and only a handful of U.S. states have made the pastime available to their residents.

Tickets can be claimed via the PokerStars client, according to a PokerStars news release. Players can register for the freeroll in the tournament lobby on the PokerStars Ontario app.

The tribute to Brunson is fitting for a man who played for more than 50 years and died on May 14, just a few months short of what would have been his 90th birthday. For more information on the NACOOP, visit the PokerStars Blog website.



A longtime reporter and editor who began writing on casinos and gaming shortly after Atlantic City’s first gambling halls opened, Bill covered the world Series of Poker and wrote a syndicated column on travel to casino destinations for a decade.

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