Doyle Brunson, one of the most influential poker players of all time and a two-time world champion, died Sunday, according to his agent. Brunson was 89 years old.

Brian Balsbaugh, Brunson’s agent, posted the message statement on Twitter from the family.

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our father, Doyle Brunson,” the statement read. “He was a beloved Christian, husband, father and grandfather. We’ll be talking more in the coming days as we honor his legacy. Please pray for Doyle and our family. May he rest in peace.”

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Doyle Brunson is pictured before the final table of the World Series of Poker Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, in Las Vegas.

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Dubbed the “Godfather of Poker” and also known as “Texas Dolly,” Brunson has won 10 World Series of Poker tournaments — second only to Phil Hellmuth’s 16. He also won the World Championships in 1976 and 1977 and was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1988.

In 1979, he wrote a book called The Super System, which was one of the first books on poker strategy and had a lasting impact that helped attract many others to the game.

“Rest in peace to the greatest legend of them all. Thank you for being the ultimate player and gentleman. No one will ever take your place,” the World Series of Poker tweeted.

Five-time WSOP winner Scotty Nguyen tweeted that he “can’t believe this day has come – you will always be high in our hearts, the man, the myth, the legend, and the godfather of poker, baby! Mr. Brunson, you made poker what it is, baby! thank you for what you give us all baby! RIP Mr. Doyle Brunson THE GODFATHER OF POKER.”

He was a “legend” to his long-time poker rival Daniel Negreanu.

“There Will Never Be Another Doyle Brunson” Negreanu wrote on Twitter. “He will be missed by many, the Godfather of Poker.”

His influence extended beyond poker.

“This is a heartthrob,” tweeted actor James Woods. “Doyle Brunson, the greatest poker player who ever lived, cashed in his chips.”

“Doyle was so kind and helpful to me. He was kind to my late dear brother and to all the friends I introduced him to. A gentleman and a true legend.”

Born in Texas, Brunson played basketball in college, but a knee injury ended his hopes of turning pro.

AFP contributed to this report.

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