The most legendary player in the game, Doyle Brunson, will sit out the 2011 Main Event. It will be the first time he’s missed poker’s most celebrated tournament in several years. Though he is said to have sat out for a fair amount of the WSOP during the 1980s.
In a Tweet, Brunson explained why:
It’s a shame to see a Main Event come and go without Doyle’s participation, but hey, if the guy is burned out on poker, the guy is burned out on poker. And if the reason why is because of the U.S. government, then it feels fitting, even on July 4th, to say, “screw you, America!”