Two of the 10 finalists for the Poker Hall of Fame will be given poker’s grandest honor on November 3, 2013 when they are inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame during a special ceremony at the Wine Tasting Room inside the Rio. This year’s inductees will join fellow poker greats like Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, Johnny Chan, and Johnny Moss, cementing their legacies in poker.
The WSOP’s press release detailed the voting process from this point forward, as well as the aspects the voters are asked to consider:
The above list of names will be submitted to the 19 living Hall of Fame members and an 18-person media panel later this month for voting. Only these 37 individuals cast votes for induction.
The criteria they will consider in their vote are as follows:
- 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.
This year’s finalists include:
- Chris Bjorin
- Humberto Brenes
- David Chiu
- Thor Hansen
- Jennifer Harman
- Mike Matusow
- Tom McEvoy
- Carlos Mortensen
- Scotty Nguyen
- Huckleberry Seed
Mike Matusow, Humberto Brenes, and Carlos Mortensen are all first-time nominees –which makes it unlikely they will be inducted this time around, even though Mortensen is a no-brainer to be a hall of famer down the road.
Unlike recent years, there isn’t really a “shoe-in” this time around. From the above list I would personally give the nod to Jennifer Harman and Carlos Mortensen, but if we are talking about what the actual voters will do I would say that Chris Bjorin, Thor Hansen, David Chiu, and Jennifer Harman are the prohibitive favorites:
- Jennifer Harman 1/2 to be inducted
I thought Harman would get in last year, but the HOF voters went old-school on us and selected Eric Drache and Sailor Roberts. This year there is no “nostalgia” pick to select (which is depressing to me considering there are still many “old-timers” who deserve to be inducted) so I think this is Harman’s year.
- David Chiu 3/1 to be inducted
Chiu’s profile got raised this summer when he won his 5th WSOP bracelet, which had a lot of people reexamining his stats over the years.
- Chris Bjorin 4/1 to be inducted
Bjorin’s stats stack-up nicely to Chiu’s, and his European ties could edge him past Chiu for some voters who are looking to globalize the Hall of Fame –Can someone explain to me how Marcel luske isn’t a finalist???
- Thor Hansen 5/1 to be inducted
Like Bjorin, Hansen is one of the trailblazers for European poker. His ongoing, public fight with cancer has seen his accomplishments and larger than life personality brought into the public eye.
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