Doyle Brunson on Negreanu’s Masterclass ‘Mistake’

As one legend of the game seems set to hang up his poker spurs, another appears reinvigorated with plans to share his years of knowledge – and the former, Doyle Brunson, seems very surprised that Daniel Negreanu is giving away his secrets…

By: Andrew Burnett



‘Giving away’ is perhaps the wrong phrase, Negreanu’s Masterclass costing $90 per year for 34 lessons from the all-time winningest live tournament player in the history of the game, but Brunson seems to feel that ‘educating’ other players isn’t the way to go – citing his own ‘Super System’ mistake.

Whether Doyle’s tweet was tongue-in-cheek or he really meant it, the fans seem split on the worth of sharing such secrets…









Brunson’s Super System, released in 1979, was one of the first poker strategy books – originally titled ‘How I Made Over $1,000,000 Playing Poker’ and building on Texas Dolly’s Main Event victories in both 1976 and 1977, a copy on the bookshelf of every serious player and enthusiastic amateur alike…



Just as Negreanu’s Masterclass series is intended to go ‘far deeper into tactics and advanced strategy than anything I’ve ever shared before’, so Brunson released Super System 2 in 2005 – ‘expanding on Doyle’s original book while featuring new games, new strategies and new expert collaborators’ according to Brunson’s own website – Negreanu himself one of those collaborators.

Whatever the thoughts and reasons behind Negreanu’s Masterclass venture, he’ll be in good company, the series of online tutorials including Martin Scorsese on Filmmaking, Garry Kasparov on Chess and Bob Woodward on Investigative Journalism.


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