10 Legends Of The Game Selected For 2018 Poker Hall Of Fame

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10 Legends Of The Game Selected For 2018 Poker Hall Of Fame
08 Jul

The WSOP’s Main Event is underway which means we are on our way towards a new Main Event champion, not mention and making a few new poker millionaires. It also means its time to reveal the 2018 nominees for the Poker Hall of Fame. The event, which is been held ‘in concert’ with the ME final table, will see two players recognised for their contributions to the game.

The nominees are being recognised for having “played poker against acknowledged top competition” and must be at least 40 years old.

Since its inception in 1979 when seven players, including “Wild Bill” Hickok, were inducted, the Hall of Fame has added one or – at most – two players each year. In total the Hall has 54 members, 25 of whom are still living. Last year saw the introduction of Phil Ivey and Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliott who had passed away in April 2015.

The nomination process is always a little controversial. With only two places available each year, any shortlist is going to miss out some worthy names. Both Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu have weighed in already with their gripes. 

The short list of 10 players this year has been announced and are as follows: Huck Seed, Matt Savage, Chris Moneymaker, Mike Matusow, Bruno Fitoussi, Mori Eskandani, David Chiu, Chris Bjorin, David Oppenheim and John Hennigan.

Non-players can make their way into the hall the way by contributing to “the overall growth and success of the game of poker”. Which is how people like Matt Savage and Bruno Fitoussi, and lesser players like Chris Moneymaker made the list.

Interestingly Ted Forrest, Thor Hansen and Max Pescatori who were nominated last year, have been ousted this year by newer names.

Who do you think should win?

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Jon is a freelance writer and novelist who learned to play poker after watching Rounders in year 9. He has been giving away his beer money at cards ever since. Currently he is based in Bristol where he makes sporadic donations to the occasional live tournament or drunken late night Zoom session. He ...Read more


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