Finalists For Poker Hall of Fame 2016
Every September, poker fans around the world wait with bated breath to see which players and industry professionals will be shortlisted to become part of the Poker Hall of Fame. Well, the wait is over, and today we reveal the 10 finalists for 2016.
1. Carlos Mortensen
Mortensen is the only poker player in history to have been victorious in both the World Poker Tournament (WPT) Championship event, and the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event. If that doesn't seem impressive enough, the Spaniard also holds the title as the most profitable WPT player of all-time, having collected $6.7 million over the years, and around $12 million in live tournament winnings. Plus, he holds three WPT main event titles, has secured two WSOP gold bracelets, and has cashed in 35 WSOP events over the course of his career.
2. Max Pescatori
With two WSOP Circuit rings, four WSOP gold bracelets, total live tournament earnings of $4.2 million, and 208 in-the-money finishes over the space of 14 years, Pescatori is considered one of the world's most successful players. He's also written two well-received books about poker, which have encouraged many to take up the game.
3. Eli Elezra
Elezra is known as one of the WSOP's most active participants, having secured three WSOP gold bracelets, cashing in 52 tournaments, and winning a total of $1.5 million. He's also secured a WPT title. This is his first year being nominated to the Poker Hall of Fame.
4. Humberto Brenes
A native of Costa Rica, Brenes is attributed with growing poker's popularity across all of Latin America. As well as taking home more that $6.1 in live tournament earnings, Brenes has cashed in the WSOP Main Event nine times, and boasts 86 WSOP in-the-money finishes.
5. Todd Brunson
If Brunson makes it into the Hall of Fame, he'll be joining his own Father, poker legend, Doyle Brunson. Over his career, Todd has amassed $4.3 million in live tournament earnings, and has cashed in 52 WSOP events, securing himself a gold bracelet.
6. Chris Moneymaker
Moneymaker's story is perhaps the most fun of all! Back in 2003, he secured a seat in the WSOP Main Event via a $39 online buy-in. Although just 27, and it being his first ever appearance in a live tournament, Moneymaker took down the entire field to seize victory in the world's most prestigious poker event. As a result of his underdog story, poker popularity surged almost overnight into the biggest boom the poker world has ever experienced.
7. Chris Bjorin
Hailing from Sweden, Bjorin boasts 286 in-the-money finishes, and a grand total of $5.5 million in live tournament winnings over the course of his career. Best known for his consistency, he's secured six figures cashes in 19 calendar years, has cashed in 80 WSOP tournaments, and ranks sixth in the all-time WSOP cash list. If that's not enough, Bjorin has also cashed in the WSOP Main Event seven times, and ranks fifth in the all-time WSOP Main Event cash list.
8. Bruno Fitoussi
Fitoussi's reputation as one of the world's most skillful and capable players exceeds him. He's taken home more than $2.8 million in live tournament winnings, and cashed in most of the world's most prestigious tournaments. Additionally, Fitoussi was the man who introduced his home country of France to Texas Hold'em back in 1995.
9. David Ulliott
Although David 'Devilfish' Ulliott sadly passed away in 2015, he is remembered as a skilled player and one of the poker world's biggest and brightest personalities. Having won over $6.2 million in 231 events, Ulliott is considered one of England's greatest ever players. Over the course of his impressive career, the 'Devilfish' secured a WPT title, a WSOP gold bracelet, and cashed in 33 WSOP events.
10. Matt Savage
Savage's contributions to the growth of poker are what have landed him on this prestigious list. His accomplishments include founding the Tournament of Directors Association, serving as tournament director for a number of the world's most important festivals and casinos, and most notably, standardizing poker tournament rules.