Posts Tagged ‘Poker Hall of Fame’

Daniel Negreanu Among 10 Finalists for 2014 Poker Hall of Fame

by | Published: Saturday, September 12th, 2015

The World Series of Poker released its list of 10 nominees for the 2014 Poker Hall of Fame on Tuesday, and it includes first-time and returning candidates alike.

The finalists were once again nominated by the public, making it the sixth straight year it’s been done that way, and the list includes five returning candidates and five first-timers. Poker top-dog Daniel Negreanu leads the band of newcomers in his first year of eligibility.

Each candidate is voted for based on the following criteria:

  • Be a minimum age of 40 year old at the time of nomination
  • A player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition
  • Played for high staked
  • Played consistently well, gaining the respect of peers
  • Stood the test of time
  • Or, for non-players, contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results.

daniel negreanuOther first-time nominees include Frenchman Bruno Fitoussi, 1975 WSOP Main Event runner-up Bob Hooks, six-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Ted Forrest, and respected tournament director Jack McClelland.

The five returning nominees are Jennifer Harman, Humberto Brenes, Mike Matusow, Chris Bjorin, and Huck Seed.

It is now in the hands of the 21 living Hall of Fame members and 20-member media panel to cast their votes for the newest member/s before the October 10 deadline.

Up to two of the 10 nominees will soon join an elite list of Poker Hall of Famers that includes the likes of Johnny Moss, Doyle Brunson, Benny Binion, David “Chip” Reese, Thomas Auston “Amarillo Slim” Preston, Stu Ungar, and Phil Hellmuth. Last year, both Scotty Nguyen and Tom McEvoy were voted to join the prestigious club.

The 2014 Poker Hall of Fame class will be inducted as part of the WSOP Main Event final table festivities at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas during a special ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 9.

Negreanu’s nomination is an accomplishment in and of itself, considering it was the very first year he could be nominated, but he may miss out due to being younger and still very much in the game. He could still have some of the best wins ahead of him, and members may wait to see those. Either way, keep checking to learn which lucky player/s is inducted.

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2013 Poker Hall of Fame Finalists Announced

by | Published: Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Following a public nomination process that was held via the World Series of Poker website, as well as scrutinizing from the Poker Hall of Fame Governing Council, the finalists list for induction into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2013 has been released.

Four new candidates have been added to the list this year, with six more players who featured in last year’s finalist list chosen to complete the group of ten.

The players for Hall of Fame consideration are:

Chris Bjorin

Bjorin is a 65-year-old Swedish-born poker player who resides in London, England. He is a two-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner and sits fifth on the all-time World Series of Poker cash list. To date, we has earned for the $5.5 million playing poker.

Humberto Brenes

Known as ‘The Shark’ and exhibiting one of the most outgoing personalities ever to grace the professional Poker tables, Brenes is ranked fourth on the all-time World Series of Poker cashes list, having featured as one of the most consistent performers in the WSOP for the past 25 years.

David Chiu

Born in China, Chiu relocated to the United States as an 18 year old exchange student. Chiu began his assault on Poker as a dealer, before transitioning into one of the most successful tournaments players in history. A five-time gold bracelet winner, the 53 year old has registered major wins in Limit Hold’em, Seven Card Stud and Omaha Eight or Better.

Thor Hansen

Since first playing Poker in the late 80’s, Norwegian Pro Thor Hansen has cashed more the 175 times and walked away with more the $2.9 million. Claiming two gold bracelets of his own, Hansen was one of the earliest supporters of the now thriving European Poker scene.

Jennifer Harman

Jennifer Harman holds several records in the Poker world including the honor of being the first woman to win multiple World Series of Poker bracelets in open events. The 48-year-old mother of two now focuses a good deal of her time on using Poker to raise money for a host of charities.

Mike Matusow

Mike ‘The Mouth’ Matusow has plenty of reasons to discuss his inclusion in Hall of Fame calculations. Among these reasons is four gold bracelets and more than $9 million in career tournament earnings. Poker fans have had many opportunities to see Matusow in action this year, winning the heads-up Poker Championship in March before claiming his latest gold bracelet a month later.

Tom McEvoy

68-year-old Poker veteran Tom McEvoy has been crowned World Series of Poker Champion four times in an illustrious career that spans well over five decades. A noted Poker author, having penned dozens of strategy books and countless columns, McEvoy has been a true ambassador for the game he loves, and is even credited as spearheading the effort that prohibits smoking in poker rooms.

Carlos Mortensen

2001 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Carlos ‘The Matador’ Mortensen has won more money than any other player on the World Poker tour, despite playing significantly fewer events. The 41-year-old is also the only player to have won both the WPT Championship event and the World Series of Poker Main Event, highlighting the unique reasons for his Hall of Fame consideration.

Scotty Nguyen

Most famous for his comment “You call and it’s gonna be all over baby!” to Kevin McBride before winning the 1998 World Series of Poker Main Event, Scotty Nguyen is one of the most recognized and well-liked personalities in world Poker. Picking up five bracelets and more than $11.7 million in career earnings, there isn’t a Hall of Fame contenders list without Scotty featuring!

Huckleberry Seed

With four gold bracelets and $7.5 million in career tournament earnings, it isn’t just Huck Seed’s towering frame that helps him stand out from his competition. Known as one of the Poker world’s most diverse players, there is no variation of the game Seed hasn’t conquered.

Official Ballots will be sent to the voters; 19 living hall of famers and an 18 person media panel next week, who will have until October 11 to cast their selections and have them returned to the World Series of Poker Governing Body.

The 2013 Class of the Poker Hall of Fame will then be inducted as part of the World Series of Poker Main Event final table festivities on November 3rd.

Mike Matusow Wins Fourth World Series of Poker Bracelet

by | Published: Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

The roller coaster poker career of Mike Matusow took another turn yesterday with the forty-five-year-old winning his fourth WSOP bracelet in the Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better event at the 2013 World Series of Poker.

The always controversial Matusow defeated a strong field of 210 players to win the $266,503 first-place prize as well as his first WSOP bracelet since his victory in the $5,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Draw tournament at the 2008 World Series of Poker.

Matusow has had a tough past couple of years and despite being delighted with the victory had a few choice words for his critics in his post-tournament interview.

“Yeah, I’m f—king washed up.  Yeah, right.  F—k the haters,” Matusow said.

Matusow turned around a poor run of form with victory in the $20,000 NBC Heads-Up Championship earlier this year and said he is happy with his current form.

“The last three tournaments have just been amazing,” Matusow said.

“I’m playing at a really high level again.

“I felt like I was the best player at the table the whole way.”

Matusow joined poker legends such as Amarillo Slim Preston and Bobby Baldwin as four-time WSOP bracelet winners and believes he deserves to join the pair in the Poker Hall of Fame.

“I really think I belong in the Poker Hall of Fame,” Matusow said.

“If you look at my record, I’m right up there.”

It is fairly clear Matusow hasn’t lost any of his trademark confidence and predicted he will continue to excel for the remainder of the 2013 World Series of Poker.

“When my heads-on straight, I really believe I’m the best in the world,” Matusow said.

“Nobody can beat me when I’m playing my A-game.

“My next goal is to win another.”

Eric Drache and Brian Robets 2012 Poker Hall of Fame Inductees

by | Published: Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Eric Drache and Brian ‘Sailor’ Roberts have been announced as the 43rd and 44th inductees to the Poker Hall of Fame.

Twelve nominees were nominated by the public and the two inductees were voted in by a thirty-six person panel that was made up of existing Poker Hall of Famers and members of the poker media.

The induction of Drache is extremely fitting as he was one of the people who originally came up with the idea to create a Poker Hall of Fame.

Drache is also considered the brainchild of satellite events that are considered one of the reasons for the poker boom; with World Series of Poker Main Event Champions like Chris Moneymaker qualifying for the event through smaller satellites.

Drache was extremely humbled and thankful to have been selected over such a strong group of nominees.

“I’m not only surprised and honored to have been selected, I’m also a bit embarrassed considering the other nominees,” Drache said.

“When Jack Binion and myself worked on creating the Hall of Fame, I never considered myself a potential candidate.  I’m particularly happy for the family of Sailor Roberts.  Sailor by everyone’s account, including my own personal observations, was a great player and played many games very well.”

Sailor Roberts passed away in 1995 but left his mark on the poker landscape as part of the Texas Road Gamblers with Doyle Brunson and Amarillo Slim.

The trio were well ahead of their time and together are considered the grandfathers of poker.

Current Hall of Fame Crandell Addington accepted on behalf of Roberts and was delighted that his friend would finally join him in the exclusive group.

“In a time fifty years ago when poker players relied on luck, Sailor was developing sophisticated strategies that would enable him to make his own luck,” Addington said.

“At a time in which professional poker players were viewed as outlaws and poker was illegal, he formed a partnership with Doyle and Slim and they traveled across the country from poker game to poker game.

“They deployed advanced strategies unknown at the time that featured playing their opponents hands on many occasions rather than their own hands. More often than not, they got the money.”

Drache and Roberts will be inducted officially on October 30th in a special ceremony prior to the final table of the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event.

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Finalists for the 2012 Poker Hall of Fame Revealed

by | Published: Saturday, September 15th, 2012

After a public nomination process the ten finalists for the Poker Hall of Fame class of 2012 has been revealed.

Current Poker Hall of Fame members as well as selected members of the poker media will now vote to determine who will join the exclusive club.

The 2012 Poker Hall of Fame class will be revealed before the commencement of the World Series of Poker Main Event final table in October.

The nominees are:

Chris Bjorin

Bjorin is a two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and has cashed in the World Series of Poker an incredible sixty-five times.

David Chiu

Chiu has won World Series of Poker bracelets in Limit Hold’em, Seven Card Stud, and Omaha Eight or Better and also won the 2008 World Poker Tour World Championship.

Eric Drache

Drache has played a vital part in the poker community as both a player and a tournament director. He was tournament director for the World Series of Poker in the 1970s and invented the concept of satellite events that are such a popular aspect of poker today.

Thor Hansen

Hansen is a two time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and has won almost $3 million in his twenty-five career. He is considered one of the pioneers of European poker.

George Hardie

Hardie built the Bicycle Casino, which at the time was the largest card club in the world. The innovations he implemented at his casino are considered to have helped professionalize the poker industry.

Jennifer Harman-Traniello

Harman was the first female to win multiple World Series of Poker bracelets in open events. She is the only woman that has consistently played in the highest stakes cash games in Las Vegas.

John Juanda

Juanda has won five World Series of Poker bracelets and has won over $14 million in tournament poker career. He has made an incredible thirty-one World Series of Poker final tables.

Tom McEvoy

McEvoy won the 1983 World Series of Poker Main Event and at sixty-seven years of age is still a vital part of the poker industry. McEvoy has written over a dozen books on poker and is one of the game’s greatest ambassadors.

Scotty Nguyen

The charismatic Nguyen, known as ‘The Prince’, is one of poker’s most well-known personalities. He has won five World Series of Poker bracelets including the 1998 World Series of Poker Main Event and the 2011 $50k HORSE event.

Brian Roberts

Along with Doyle Brunson and Amarillo Slim Roberts was a part of the famous Texas Rounders. Roberts won the 1975 World Series of Poker Main Event and was considered an extremely popular player before he passed away in 1995.