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  1. The 10 finalists for this year's Poker Hall of Fame class have been announced. One name stands out on the list as a potential early favorite for this year's class, Daniel Negreanu (pictured). This author is once again on the voting panel for the Poker Hall of Fame and will likely be casting the majority of his votes to "Kid Poker." --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsson Poker, a leading global online gaming provider. Betsson Poker is available on Mobile and offers regular promotions to live events around the world along with great bonuses and competitions. Play nowfor a chance to win the a Dream Holiday with the Grand Poker Adventures throughout 2014! --- This year's 10 finalists, in alphabetical order, are: Chris Bjorin Humberto Brenes Bruno Fitoussi Ted Forrest Jen Harman Bob Hooks Mike Matusow Jack McClelland Daniel Negreanu Huck Seed Ballots will be sent to the 21 living members of the Poker Hall of Fame along with 20 members of the media. Bjorin, Brenes, Harman, Matusow, and Seed all appeared on the ballot in 2013, but were not inducted. Fitoussi, Forrest, Hooks, McClelland, and Negreanu are new this year. This is what the media panel and living Poker Hall of Fame members will be voting based on: - A player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition - Be a minimum of 40 years old at time of nomination - Played for high stakes - 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. Induction ceremonies will take place during the WSOP November Nine weekend in Las Vegas. In the past, each voter has gotten 10 votes to cast for up to three people they think deserve entry. This author is tempted to flush all 10 votes to Negreanu, who has been one of the primary faces of the poker industry in the modern era. Negreanu is #1 on the all-time money listaccording to the Hendon Mob, has played for the highest stakes around, and is #3 on GPI. He is the main face of the world's largest online poker site, PokerStars. More importantly, Negreanu's character and willingness to promote the game can't go overlooked. He has appeared on a variety of non-poker programming, including shows like "Millionaire Matchmaker," and has always been very media-friendly. Any time this author has asked Negreanu for a comment or information in general, he has typically gotten a prompt response. He regularly takes pictures with fans and interacts with the general public on a level not seen by more than a handful of members of the poker community. Who do you think should be inducted, and I'll consider your comments when casting my ballot? Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. This week, the 23 living members of the Poker Hall of Fame (PHoF) voted to induct Jennifer Harman and John Juanda as the 49th and 50th members of the exclusive club. While very few have questioned the accomplishments of Juanda and Harman, a rising tide of industry insiders have begun speaking out against the PHoF's seeming unwillingness to induct non-US players. European Poker Tour founder John Duthie (pictured) recently penned an op-ed on PokerNews warning that if Hall of Fame members continue to shy away from backing non-US candidates, the Hall will be in danger of losing its prestige and be seen as nothing more than a Las Vegas "tourist curiosity." The argument for revising the Hall of Fame voting process was magnified after British poker icon Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott succumbed to cancer earlier this year. Soon afterwards, a campaign involving several prominent industry players and high-profile poker pros was kicked off with the goal of shortlisting Ulliott's nomination. While Devilfish was ultimately added to the list, he did not make the final cut. "I myself suggested on my Facebook page that no non-American player should even accept nomination until the selection process has been changed," said Duthie. "Now, this is just not about Devilfish (pictured) himself, but it is about the fact that no international player has ever passed the stage of nomination and this includes quite a list of talent." While you might look at the list of PHoF membersand spot players of many different ethnicities, Duthie considers players like Johnny Chan, Scotty Nguyen, and Juanda to be, for all intents and purposes, American due to their US citizenship. The EPT founder suggests making changes to the process. "Either the WSOP breaks its association with the Poker Hall of Fame and it remains as it is, becoming a sort of Madame Tussaud's of US poker, or it resolves to change and completely overhaul the nomination and selection process so that it is a true reflection of international poker talent and not just US-centric." This year, there was no shortage of non-US candidates from which to choose. Swedish born poker pro Chris Bjorin, France's Bruno Fitoussi, Ireland's Terry Rogers, Italian Max Pescatori, and Spain's Carlos Mortensen (pictured) were all nominated alongside Ulliott, but none of them made the final two. As it stands now, players must meet a set of five requirements in order to be considered for nomination. That includes being at least 40 years old, having played against top competition for high-stakes, standing the test of time, and gaining the respect of peers. Non-players are also eligible if they have contributed to the overall growth of the game in a positive way. The PHoF also received criticism this year for failing to recognize PokerStarsfounder Isai Scheinberg's role in the poker boom of the 2000s, which introduced millions of people to the game. Terrence Chan spoke out against the snub, calling the institution "illegitimate" until Scheinberg is included. "One need only look at the WSOP fields and prize pools to know that the world before online poker was but a shell of what it is today, and PokerStars was the unquestionable leader of the online poker industry." "This is a turning point in the Poker Hall of Fame's evolution and the old guard and other newer existing members will undoubtedly push back against this change, and that is their right," said Duthie. "But in reality, they need to look closely at the type of institution they want to be part of. If they want to be taken seriously outside of the US, then change is imperative." Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  3. On Tuesday, Caesars officials announced the 10 finalists for this year's Poker Hall of Fameclass. There are four newcomers to this year's ballot: Italian poker ambassador Max Pescatori, Irish Open founder Terry Rogers, highly influential tournament director Matt Savage, and longtime British poker player David "Devilfish" Ulliott (pictured). --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Ulliott passed away in Aprilafter a battle with colon cancer and, almost immediately, players from around the world began clamoring for him to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame, either through the traditional process or via a special exemption. Ulliott appears like a strong candidate regardless and should have plenty of support among voters. Three players who appeared on last year's ballot but were not inducted are back in the top 10 this time around: Chris Bjorin, Bruno Fitoussi, and Jennifer Harman. Bjorin and Harman have now been finalists for four consecutive years, but have not yet been inducted. They'll join three finalists from previous years to round out the final 10: David Chiu, John Juanda, and Carlos Mortensen. The fate of the 10 finalists is now up to the 23 living Hall of Fame members and a 16-person media panel, who will together determine up to two inductees. The induction ceremony will take place during the November Nine weekend in Las Vegas. As a reminder, in order to be considered for the Poker Hall of Fame, a player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition, be a minimum of 40 years old at the time of nomination, played for high stakes, played consistently well, gained the respect of peers, and stood the test of time. Non-players like Savage (pictured) can get in as long as they have contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker with indelible positive and lasting results. Daniel Negreanu and Jack McClelland were inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2014, bringing the total number of members to 48. Here's a look at the existing Poker Hall of Famers: Jack McClelland Daniel Negreanu Tom McEvoy Scotty Nguyen Eric Drache Brian "Sailor" Roberts Barry Greenstein Linda Johnson Dan Harrington Erik Seidel Mike Sexton Henry Orenstein Duane "Dewey" Tomko Barbara Enright Phil Hellmuth Billy Baxter TJ Cloutier Crandell Addington Jack Binion Berry Johnston Bobby Baldwin Lyle Berman Johnny Chan Stu "The Kid" Ungar Roger Moore Julius Oral "Little Man" Popwell Jack Keller Thomas Austin "Amarillo Slim" Preston David "Chip" Reese Benny Binion Fred "Sarge" Ferris Doyle Brunson Jack "Treetop" Straus Walter Clyde "Puggy" Pearson Henry Green Red Hodges Murph Harrold Joe Bernstein Tom Abdo Bill Boyd T "Blondie" Forbes Nick "The Greek" Dandolos James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok Edmond Hoyle Felton "Corky" McCorquodale Johnny Moss Red Winn Sid Wyman In the past, the voting panel has received 10 votes each that they can allocate however they see fit (i.e. all 10 votes for one person or six for one person and four for someone else). The top two vote-getters have typically been inducted in recent years. Ballots are submitted electronically and voters are free to discuss who they backed if they'd like to. This author has been on the voting panel for the past several years. Who would you vote for? Comment here and let us know. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  4. Last week, the 10 nominees for this year's Poker Hall of Fame class were announced. The selection process now moves on to the living Hall of Fame members plus a blue-ribbon media panel, of which PocketFives' Kevin KevmathMathers and Dan Cypra are members. We have 10 votes to allocate to up to three nominees based on a set of criteria. With that, we wanted to share our thoughts on each one. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- The theme of this year's list of Poker Hall of Fame finalists is the attempt to add a non-US based member of the poker community, one of the biggest critiques about the Poker Hall of Fame. Chris Bjorin Kevmath's Take: One of a select group of players with a WSOP bracelet won in Vegas and Europe, Bjorin is considered the "godfather" of poker in Scandinavia. A problem Bjorin and other Poker Hall of Fame nominees have is a lack of desire to promote themselves for election into the PHOF, something others had no problem doing to get inducted. Dan's Take: I agree with a lot of what Kevmath said. Bjorn is #2 on the all-time money list for Sweden and was once ranked #22 worldwide. He has cashes dating back to before many people reading this were born. He has helped grow poker in Scandinavia, a vital market to the poker world, but needs to be vocal among the Hall of Famers and media. David Chiu (pictured) Kevmath's Take: A five-time WSOP bracelet winner and WPT World Champion, Chiu is also one of the most prolific cashers in WSOP history. Dan's Take: Chiu has been unstoppable on the felts. He won the WPT Championship in 2008 and has almost $8 million in live tournament winnings. But, can he convince the panel he's worthy given very stiff competition? I don't know. Bruno Fitoussi Kevmath's Take: One of the most influential members of the French poker community, Fitoussi helped get Hold'em into the Aviation Club de France in Paris and played a huge role in getting poker on French television. Dan's Take: I like his chances of getting in despite the talented nominee pool. Like Kevmath said, he helped pioneer poker in Europe. I'm not sure what the makeup of the media panel is, but hopefully it includes Europeans and not just Americans so guys like Fitoussi can get serious consideration. Jennifer Harman (pictured) Kevmath's Take: A longtime veteran of the biggest cash games in Las Vegas, it's interesting that she hasn't been inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame earlier. In a recent blog, recent PHOF member Daniel Negreanu encouraged fellow voters to induct her based on results, not gender. Dan's Take: There are only two female Poker Hall of Fame members: Linda Johnson and Barbara Enright. Harman has two bracelets, but only has seven live cashes since 2010. Has she stood the test of time, one of the requirements for entry? I'm not so sure. John Juanda Kevmath's Take: His recent win at the European Poker Tour event in Barcelona gives voters another look at his impressive tournament resume with over $17 million in live tournament earnings. Juanda has been on the ballot before, but his low-key persona may have hurt his chances in the past. Dan's Take: Juanda certainly has friends in the poker world, like all of the nominees do, but it's about being vocal. If you're going by poker merits alone, though, he's one of the top candidates this year. I question how much the close association of Juanda, Harman, Mortensen, and others on this list with the old Full Tilt Poker will factor in, if at all. Carlos Mortensen (pictured) Kevmath's Take: The only player to win the highest profile events at the WSOP and WPT, Mortensen also has an extensive list of tournament results. His chances of getting in are unlikely this year, though, among the list of nominees with similar profiles. Dan's Take: I think Mortensen should have been in by now. He has helped grow poker throughout Europe, won the WSOP Main Event and WPT Championship, and has resoundingly stood the test of time. Max Pescatori Kevmath's Take: The biggest name in Italian poker, Pescatori earned his fourth WSOP bracelet earlier this year. His chances are also diminished among a group of European players vying for the voters' attention. Dan's Take: Another incredibly influential European player. As Kevmath said, though, there are a lot of players from Europe up for contention this year. And only two people total will make it into the Poker Hall of Fame. Is Pescatori more worthy than Ulliott and Mortensen? I'm not so sure. Terry Rogers Kevmath's Take: The individual with the least name recognition among the poker community. Rogers' visits to the WSOP in the 70s and 80s, serving as an unofficial odds-maker for the Main Event, helped bring some of the biggest names in poker (Doyle Brunson, Stu Ungar, and Amarillo Slim) to Ireland to promote the Irish Open, the longest-running tournament held outside the United States. Dan's Take: I'm not sure Rogers' impact on the game measures up to Matt Savage, who is in the same boat as a non-player. He's well-known in Ireland, but has little name recognition. I wonder whether Brunson's influence on the current Hall of Fame voters will come into play. Matt Savage Kevmath's Take: The most popular tournament director in the poker community. Savage is a worthy inductee, but a recent run on tournament organizers (Eric Drache, Linda Johnson, and Jack McLelland) likely hurt his chances of induction this year. Dan's Take: Savage and Devilfish are my two favorites on this year's ballot. He's a founder of the Tournament Directors Association, a go-to resource for many poker players and fellow TDs, the tournament director at Bay 101 and Commerce, and the Executive Tour Director of the WPT. He has had more of an impact on the game today than anyone else on this list. David "Devilfish" Ulliott (pictured) Kevmath's Take: One of the biggest characters in poker, his passing earlier this year sparked an effort from his friends to get him inducted into the PHOF this year. It will be interesting to see how that translates into votes among the media members and the PHOF's living members. Dan's Take: I like Devilfish a lot. Would I be liking him as much if he didn't recently pass away? I don't know. But, I do know his friends and the poker community were extremely vocal on backing his nomination, which speaks to his impact on the game. He's #2 on the all-time money list for England. 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  5. The 2015 nominees for the Poker Hall of Fame(PHOF) have been announced. They include 10 players who have excelled in the game or have been instrumental to its growth. One of those nominated was David "Devilfish" Ulliott, who passed away earlier this yearafter succumbing to bowel and liver cancer and is widely known as one of Britain's most successful players. After his death, many called for Ulliott to be included as a nominee for this year's PHOF class, including Phil Hellmuth, Tony G, and Vicky Coren. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Poker pro and 2014 Poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu (pictured), however, believes that players should not be shortlisted into the PHOF for the simple fact that they have passed away. Furthermore, he believes that a nominee's personality should not factor into his chances of making the PHOF and rejects the idea that players need to be known as "nice guys" or be well-liked to get in. Read this thoughts. According to the WSOP PHOF criteria, individuals can be inducted for excelling against "acknowledged top competition" or for "contributing to the overall growth and success of the game" as a non-player. Using the cold logic of a poker pro, Negreanu runs down the list of requirements to analyze whether this year's nominees should be considered for induction. "On this year's list, we have exactly three people who should get consideration as a non-player: Matt Savage, Terry Rogers, and Bruno Fitoussi," he said. "That leaves seven other nominees that should be judged based on their play, and their play only. I don't care if they were nice guys, I don't care about their contributions to the game; all of this is absolutely meaningless based on the clearly written criteria." Negreanu acknowledges Ulliott's (pictured) contribution to the poker world and believes that his resume as Britain's second biggest tournament money winner has legitimately earned him a spot on the list. "Having said all that, his passing should have absolutely nothing to do with whether or not he earns your vote," he said. He continued by giving an example of poker pro Thor Hansen, who had suffered health issues and was considered for the PHOF before recovering. "I played with Thor for 20 years, great guy, and solid player, but the fact that he was sick should have absolutely no bearing on the voting," Negreanu added. He argues that there are several players who, while not household names, have had more successful poker careers than some of the 2015 nominees. Specifically: David Oppenheim, Huck Seed (pictured), John Hennigan, Abe Mosseri, and Ray Dehkharghani. "If we are nominating based on the criteria, these guys have certainly stood the test of time and continue to play in the biggest cash games in the world and succeed," he said. A player's gender should not factor into the voting process either, Negreanu says. He believes that 2015 nominee Jennifer Harman has earned her spot on the list, but cautions that players should not be inducted for the simple fact that they are female. The PHOF ballot was open for public vote, but the actual inductees will be picked by previous PHOF classes and a panel of poker media, including Dan Cypraand Kevin Kevmath Mathers from PocketFives. Negreanu asks his colleagues to vote for the players who are most deserving, regardless of personality, gender, or life circumstances. "Which of these 10 players would you find the most difficult to play against in tournaments, mixed games, or even online? Who do you think would be the toughest to beat?" For Negreanu, John Juanda is a no-brainer, but the Canadian poker pro still isn't sure how he will "divvy up" his votes. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  6. When Caesars officials put out a call for 2015 Poker Hall Of Fame nomineesthis year, poker pro and MMA fighter Terrence TChanChan made a controversial suggestion: PokerStarsfounder Isai Scheinberg (pictured). --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- "In my opinion, if the man who has done more to grow poker than any other individual in the world in the past 20 years is not in the Poker Hall of Fame, it is illegitimate," he said in a 2+2 post. Chan was an early employee of PokerStars, working out of the company's offices in Costa Rica. He later decided to step down and play poker professionally and has since made a name for himself as an MMA fighter. When online poker went live in Nevada, Chan served as director of player operations for Ultimate Poker before the site closed its doors late last year. "PokerStars expanded into, and created, brand new markets where there were very few poker players," Chan continued. "We have all benefited from the company that this man built. Some people reading this played online poker professionally or made good money as serious semi-pros. Some made careers out of the poker industry in various ways." Scheinberg launched PokerStars on September 11, 2001 and grew the company into one of the biggest and most respected gambling brands on the globe. With its exclusive live poker tours, celebrity endorsers, massive online tournaments, and engaging television ads, the company brought poker to an untold number of new players. But as a choice for the Poker Hall of Fame, Scheinberg is a controversial candidate. On April 15, 2011, the US Department of Justice unsealed indictments against the PokerStars founder along with executives at UB, Absolute Poker, and Full Tilt. Of those four sites, PokerStars was the only operator that kept player funds segregated from its operating budget. PokerStars was able to pay back its US players immediately, while users of AP, UB, and Full Tilt languished. To the jubilation of the poker community, PokerStars eventually cut a deal with the DOJ to buy Full Tilt and repay its depositors at a cost of $731 million. Even so, Scheinberg has never answered to the charges and has chosen instead to remain outside of the reach of US authorities. In its bid to enter the legal US online gaming market, Scheinberg decided to sell the site to Amaya for $4.9 billion last year. But even with Scheinberg out of the picture, PokerStars has still not been approved for operation in the US. Caesars, which heads up the Poker Hall of Fame, has online poker rooms in Nevada and New Jersey. When PokerStars is approved for operation in the Garden State, the two companies will be competing against one another. That said, the gaming giant is not likely keen on glorifying the founder of another poker site in its Hall of Fame. Lee Jones, (pictured) head of poker communications at PokerStars, also went to bat for Scheinberg on Twitter. "Isai Scheinberg: in 2005, 20% of the players in the Main Event were PokerStars qualifiers. *20%*. Name a bigger influencer," he argued. Chan referred back to his original tweet to show how much the poker community supports his suggested nominee. "The… WSOP Tweet got 4 favorites. My tweet calling for Isai to be nominated got 36 favorites," he said. "WSOP has 32 times more followers than I do. Nine times as many favorites for an account with 1/32nd the following. You might argue the 'average poker fan' does not know who Isai Scheinberg is. That may or may not be true. But if that's the case, it's time to let them know." Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  7. [caption width="640"] Ten players worth considering as the Poker Hall of Fame public nomination process opens[/caption] The public nomination process for the Poker Hall of Fame to determine the top ten candidates for official voting for the Class of 2016 opened earlier this month. The nomination period allows poker fans around the world to submit the names of players they think should be considered for inclusion in the Poker Hall of Fame. The Criteria: A player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition Be a minimum of 40 years old at time of nomination Played for high stakes 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. And while everybody has an opinion on who should or shouldn’t get in, PocketFives has created a guide for you of 10 names you should consider nominating. Keep in mind, many thought Phil Ivey would be a shoo-in this year, but turns out he's not quite eligible yet. With that in mind, we’ve broken the names into three groups: Obvious Choices, Dark Horses and Long Shots. Obvious ChoicesChris Moneymaker Rule of thumb – if an era is named after someone, then that person is probably a Hall of Famer. Chris Moneymaker was the right guy, at the right place, bluffing at the right time when he won the WSOP Main Event in 2003. ESPN audiences drank up a 20-something accountant from Tennessee facing down Sammy Farha for $2.5 million dollars. Moneymaker not only won, but somehow graciously handled the media firestorm of attention that no one could be prepared for. He was the face of the poker boom that followed and soon every line cook in the country was hosting a home game. Moneymaker wasn’t a flash in the pan, since his historic win he’s earned $1.1 million in tournaments and solidified himself as one of the top ambassadors of the game, greeting every critic with a smile. But his influence goes beyond a player and undoubtedly “contributed to the overall growth and success of the game.” Carlos Mortensen Carlos Mortensen first rose to poker fame after winning the 2001 WSOP Main Event but he is also the all-time leading money winner in World Poker Tour history thanks largely to his three WPT titles. His lifetime earnings are just north of $11.8 million. Mortensen has two bracelets in 35 WSOP cashes with another 20 cashes and seven WPT final tables. Should he get into the Hall of Fame, he would undoubtedly be the most WPT-centric player in the Hall of Fame to date, Mike Sexton withstanding (almost all tournament success in WSOP events). But with his banner hung in the Amazon Room the stewards of the HOF can breathe easy. Bruno Fitoussi One can’t discuss French poker without mentioning Bruno Fitoussi’s name. He was one-part Mike Sexton, one-part Mori Eskandani and one-part Chris Moneymaker when poker boomed on TV in France. He was one of the operators of The Aviation Club – one of Europe’s premier poker rooms – and the lack of European inductees is one of the PHOF’s most warranted criticisms. As a player he’s won $2.8 million around the world while logging 20 WSOP cashes. He finished runner-up in the 2007 $50,000 HORSE Championship for $1.2 million and finished 15th in the 2003 Main Event. Ted Forrest The six-time bracelet winner’s name keeps coming up in this conversation. He’s one of five players to win three bracelets in a year, nine of his 34 WSOP cashes were in events with a $5,000 buy-in or greater. Forrest doesn’t have the flash that screams Hall of Famer but he’s got a track record in all the games, was a part of “The Corporation”, the group of top level pros that took on billionaire banker Andy Beal, and as far as standing the test of time is concerned – he’s got 21 years between his first and most recent bracelet. David Chiu David Chiu just passed the $8 million in career earnings mark and he has five WSOP bracelets, 25 final tables and 73 cashes in the WSOP alone and finds himself in rarified air among the five-bracelet club, he’s one of three or four players that could arguably keep adding to his total. His game hasn’t aged like many in his age bracket – he’s cashed in six $10,000 or greater events since 2014, including the 2015 $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event. Dark HorsesChris Bjorin Chris Bjorin’s grandfatherly smile and non-threatening demeanour masks that he’s won $5 million, two bracelets and a European Poker Tour title and it took Martin Jacobson winning $10 million in the 2014 WSOP Main Event to top him on Sweden’s all-time money list. Huck Seed If there was a Hall of Fame of Not Giving a Sh*t, Huck Seed would be there. There’s certain politicking and campaigning many nominees endure to gain entry, but that’s something this former Main Event Champ and four-time bracelet winner just won’t do. Todd Brunson Todd Brunson isn’t discussed much in after-hours PHOF talk but has won $4.2 million and has 50 WSOP cashes. He has spent most of his career focused on high stakes cash games. The largest strike against him is that he has just one bracelet and while nowhere in the requirements does it say “multi-bracelet winner”, it’s implied. Mike Matusow Mike Matusow’s life shows highs and lows of the life of a professional gambler better than any Hollywood flick ever could. He’s a true blue-collar player that’s won and lost at least $8.6 million, has four bracelets, spent time in jail and battled life-threatening medical problems all while being a big star in the TV boom era. The Long ShotIsai Scheinberg International poker politics are a curious thing, and while the entity that owns the PHOF prefers their own version of worldwide poker history, most everyone else recognizes Isai Scheinberg as the single most influential businessman in poker the world will probably ever see. Scheinberg was the former CEO of PokerStars and directed the company during its profitable and expansive rise to the top of the online poker world. The private ownership allowed Scheinberg and his management team room to innovate and become the overwhelming leaders in the industry. Photos courtesy of World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour.
  8. [caption width="640"] Carlos Mortensen and Todd Brunson are the Poker Hall of Fame Class of 2016 (WPT photos)[/caption] The Poker Hall of Fame officially has two more members as Carlos Mortensen and Todd Brunson were announced as the Poker HOF Class of 2016 on Thursday morning. The two were chosen by the voting panel consisting of living members of the Poker Hall of Fame and select media members. WSOP officials, who oversee the PHOF, called the 2016 voting process the closest in years. Mortensen and Brunson will be officially inducted on October 26 at a ceremony at Binion's Gambling Hall in Downtown Las Vegas. Mortensen is the only player in history to have won the World Series of Poker Main Event and the World Poker Tour World Championship and is also the leading money winner in WPT history, having won $6,738,670. In 2001, Mortensen topped a 613-player field, and a final table that included Mike Matusow, Phil Hellmuth, and runner-up Dewey Tomko, to capture the WSOP Main Event for the first major win of his career. Two years later he captured his second WSOP bracelet in a $5,000 Limit Hold'em event. Mortensen is also one of only three players to have won three WPT titles. His first came in 2004 when he won the inaugural Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. In 2007 he won the WPT World Championship at Bellagio for $3,970,415 - the largest single score of his career. He then won the Hollywood Poker Open in 2010 for his third WPT title. "I have been playing poker professionally for more than 20 years,” said Mortensen. “This game has given me so many things that I have come to cherish. I've always wanted to be included among the great players who make up the Poker Hall of Fame. To be included with the legends makes me very happy. I want to thank my friends, the poker fans, and all the people who vote for me. I take this honor very seriously." Mortensen is the first European-born player to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. While Mortensen has been the model of success for tournament players of his era, Brunson has found the most success at the highest stakes cash games available. The son of poker legend Doyle Brunson, Todd Brunson was a key figure in the heads-up limit hold'em matches against Texas billionaire banker Andy Beal in 2004 and 2006. In 2015 he reportedly won $5 million from Beal in 2015 inside Bobby's Room at Bellagio. Brunson has had some tournament success over the course of his career. He won his only WSOP bracelet in 2005, beating 358 other players to win a $2,500 buy-in Omaha Hi-Lo event. He's had two runner-up finishes and two third-place finishes in WSOP events over the course of his career. His lifetime tournament earnings of $4,291,671 put him 69th on the all-time list. "It's a true honor to be inducted by my peers into this prestigious institution,” said Brunson. “I literally grew up attending these ceremonies and have always respected and admired its members. To join their ranks is the honor of a lifetime. Todd and Doyle Brunson are the only father-son combination in the Poker Hall of Fame. The eight nominees that were not inducted this year, Chris Bjorin, Humberto Brenes, Eli Elezra, Bruno Fitoussi, Chris Moneymaker, Max Pescatori, Matt Savage and David Ulliott are eligible for nomination in 2017 and beyond.
  9. [caption width="640"] Chris Moneymaker is one of 10 nominees for the Poker Hall of Fame (PokerStars photo)[/caption] The list of players eligible for induction into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2016 include two former WSOP Main Event champions, a highly respected tournament director, five players with strong ties to the success of poker in their home country and the son of a current Hall of Famer who has dominated cash games in Las Vegas for the better part of the last 15 years. The World Series of Poker, which oversees the Poker Hall of Fame, announced the list of 10 nominees for the Class of 2016 on Friday and the biggest name on the list might just be 2003 WSOP Main Event winnerChris Moneymaker. The one-time "accountant from Tennessee" is largely credited with helping ignite the poker boom following his Cinderella story win in 2003 after qualifying online. Moneymaker, who turned 40 earlier this year to become HOF eligible, is one of three new names on the list this year. Todd Brunson and Eli Elezra, who both play high stakes cash games in Las Vegas, were also nominated for the first time. Brunson, son of Doyle Brunson, has one WSOP bracelet to his credit while Elezra has three. The rest of the nominees have all been nominated before but none more so than Swedish poker pro and two-time WSOP bracelet winner Chris Bjorin who has been nominated every year since 2012. Carlos Mortensen, who won the WSOP Main Event in 2001 and WPT World Championship in 2007, is nominated for the third time after failing to be inducted in 2013 and 2015. David 'Devilfish' Ulliott, who passed away in April 2015, and Max Pescatori were nominated for the first time in 2015 while Bruno Fitoussi has now been nominated in three straight years. Costa Rica's Humberto Brenes rounds out the nine players nominated for induction this year. The only nominee who is not a player is WPT Executive Tour Director Matt Savage. Savage, who co-founded the Poker Tournament Director's Association, is one of the most highly respected tournament directors in the world. He was first nominated in 2015 and is hoping to become the second tournament director inducted into the HOF joining 2014 inductee Jack McLelland. The list of 10 nominees will be sent to 45 voters, comprised of 25 living Poker Hall of Fame members and 20 members of the media, for consideration. Voters will consider the following criteria when voting: A player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition Be a minimum of 40 years old at time of nomination Played for high stakes Played consistently well, gaining the respect of peers Stood the test of time For non-players: contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results. Voters have until October 7 to submit their ballot and the two nominees receiving the most votes from the 45 voters will be inducted on Wednesday, October 26 at Binion's in Downtown Las Vegas.
  10. [caption width="640"] Phil Ivey is going to wait one more year for Poker Hall of Fame eligibility. (WPT photo)[/caption] The World Series of Poker – the custodians of the Poker Hall of Fame – have opened the public nomination process for the Class of 2016 and fans hoping to nominate one of the most dominant players of all time are going to have to wait one more year. Phil Ivey, who many assumed was eligible for the first time this year, does not meet the minimum age requirement for nomination. Sources close to Ivey confirmed that he turned 39 this year – not 40 as his Wikipedia page had previously indicated. One player who is eligible for the first time is Chris Moneymaker. As the person largely responsible for sparking the “poker boom” following his 2003 WSOP Main Event win, Moneymaker’s impact on poker is well known, but public debate in the last year has centered around whether or not Moneymaker meets enough of the criteria for inclusion. The criteria for the Poker Hall of Fame contains six main points: Player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition Played for high stakes Be a minimum of 40 years old at time of nomination Played consistently well, gaining the respect of peers Stood the test of time For non-players, contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results Moneymaker, who won $2.5 million for his WSOP victory, has $3.6 million in lifetime earnings, including six wins and 54 cashes. Many observers previously assumed that Ivey would be a first-ballot inductee in 2016, leaving only one other spot open in 2016, making it more difficult for Moneymaker to get in. Ivey not being eligible to 2017 could shift things in Moneymaker’s favor. Fans can to go to WSOP.com/phof and nominate anybody they feel meets the criteria and should be considered for inclusion in 2016. This part of the process is open until August 31. All submissions are then tallied and reviewed to make sure they meet eligibility requirements. The final ten names – based on popularity and eligibility - are then made public and submitted to the 39-member voting panel for consideration. The two names with the most votes will be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame during ceremonies as part of the November Nine festivities. In 2015 the ten finalists were Chris Bjorin, David Chiu, Bruno Fitoussi, Jennifer Harman, John Juanda, Carlos Mortensen, Max Pescatori, Terry Rogers, Matt Savage and David ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott. Harman and Juanda were ultimately the two players inducted as the class of 2015. All previous nominees not elected to the Hall of Fame are again eligible for nomination.
  11. [caption width="640"] Devilfish Ulliott and Phil Ivey were named as the Poker Hall of Fame Class of 2017 Friday night (WSOP photo)[/caption] Phil Ivey and David 'Devilfish' Ulliott were announced as the newest members of thePoker Hall of Fame during the broadcast of the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event final table Friday night. Ivey's induction comes in his first year of eligibility. The 10-time WSOP bracelet winner turned 40 in February, the minimum age for induction. For Ulliott, the induction comes after being one of the 10 finalists for the past two years. Ivey, widely considered the greatest poker player of his generation, has won $23.8 million in live tournaments during his career, including 10 WSOP bracelets, one World Poker Tour title and a pair of Aussie Millions $250,000 Challenge wins. “It’s an honor to be inducted alongside legends like Chip Reese and Doyle Brunson. I love the game of poker and the game has done a lot for me. I am one of the lucky people who has been able to make a living playing a game which was always my passion," said Ivey. "Thankfully, I’m just as passionate about the game today as when I first stepped into Binion’s Horseshoe to play my first-ever WSOP. Thank you to my family, my friends, and all the poker fans across the world that supported me on this journey.” Ulliott's poker resume isn't nearly as impressive, but the Englishman is credited with having a massive impact on the growth and popularity of poker in the United Kingdom and Europe. He won a WSOP bracelet in 1997, winning the $2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em event, and added a WPT title in 2003, beating Ivey heads-up to win the World Poker Open. Ulliot died in 2015 following a short battle with colon cancer. His family released a statement, thanks the Hall of Fame for adding him. “As a family we would like to thank the general public, media and current Poker Hall of Fame members that voted David into the Poker Hall of Fame. We know he will be up there strumming on his guitar and probably asking what took so long," the statement read. "There are too many people to individually thank but we would particularly like to thank Rob Yong and Simon Trumper of Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham for their support and also we welcome Kings Casino offer to commemorate David’s induction into the Poker Hall of Fame at the WSOP Europe in October." The eight other finalists; David Chiu, Mori Eskandani, Ted Forrest, Thor Hansen, Mike Matusow, Max Pescatori, Matt Savage and Huck Seed will again be eligible to be named a finalist in 2018.
  12. Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Listen to this week's episode of The Fives as Lance Bradley and Matt Clark recap the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event, the Big One for One Drop and all the action from the post-lims including Phil Hellmuth winning his 15th bracelet. They also talk about the Poker Hall of Fame Class of 2018 and how recency bias and politics are just part of a clearly broken system. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES GET THIS EPISODE ON STITCHER GET THIS EPISODE ON GOOGLE PLAY
  13. The 2019 Poker Hall of Fame finalists includes nine World Series of Poker bracelet winners, three former Main Event champions, and for the first time ever, a magician. Well, The Magician. Antonio Esfandiari, once known as 'The Magician, is the only first-time finalist in the group of 10 players selected by the WSOP Hall of Fame Committee that will now be voted on by living Hall of Fame members and a select panel of poker media and industry personnel. The top two vote-getters will be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame later this summer. Voters are tasked with considering the following criteria when awarding their votes: A player must have played poker against acknowledged top competition Be a minimum of 40 years old at time of nomination Played for high stakes 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. The other nine finalists are Chris Bjorin, David Chiu, Eli Elezra, Chris Ferguson, Ted Forrest, Mike Matusow, Chris Moneymaker, David Oppenheim, and Huck Seed. The final group of 10 was put together by the "WSOP Hall of Fame Committee". In years past, the public was invited to submit names for inclusion with the 10 most-suggested names being the finalists. This marks Bjorin's seventh time as a finalist. No other player has been nominated as often as the two-time bracelet winning Swede. Now 71, Bjorin has earned $5.75 million in lifetime earnings. He's been nominated in seven of the last eight years. Chiu has now been a finalist six times, including the last three in a row. The 58-year-old has five WSOP bracelets, won the WPT World Championship in 2008, and has just over $8,000,000 in lifetime earnings. Ferguson, Moneymaker, and Seed are all former Main Event champions. For Ferguson, this marks a return to the list of finalists. His only previous nomination came in 2010, before Black Friday and the Full Tilt Poker scandal. He's since won WSOP Player of the Year, a sixth bracelet and cashed 65 more times. Moneymaker was previously a finalist in 2016 and 2018. The 2003 WSOP Main Event champion is credited with being an integral part of poker's explosion in popularity in the mid-2000s. So much so, that it's often called 'The Moneymaker Effect'. Seed has four bracelets, including the 1996 Main Event championship. He also won the 1998 Carnivale of Poker and the 2009 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship. Matusow, who has four WSOP bracelets, is a finalist for the fifth time. He won the 2013 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship and has just over $9.5 million in lifetime earnings. Six WSOP bracelets, an NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship title, and a World Poker Tour victory are just the highlights from Forrest's tournament resume. He was also an integral figure in the Andy Beal cash games in the mid-2000s. Fresh off of winning his fourth bracelet, Elezra's nomination is his second. He was a finalist first in 2016. Oppenheim is the only player nominated that has not won a WSOP bracelet. Mainly a cash game player, Oppenheim has $1,866,190 including just nine WSOP cashes, three of which came in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. The 2019 Poker Hall of Fame inductees will be announced during the WSOP Main Event in early July.
  14. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. On an all-new episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast, your hosts Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters continue to bring you all of the action taking place at the 2019 World Series of Poker. World-class poker players Stephen Chidwick, Ari Engel and Luke Schwartz finally capture a WSOP gold bracelet - who are the best players still in the bracelet chase? Plus, the Poker Hall of Fame has announced their 10 finalists for the class of 2019. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
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