Poker Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

October 5, 2011

Ten possible Poker Hall of Fame nominees for the Class of 2011 have been introduced based on the strict criteria that such an honor requires. Criteria states that a player must have played poker against top competition, played high stakes, played will consistently while gaining the respect of his or her peers, stood the test of time, or be a non-player who has in one way or another contributed to the growth of the game with lasting and positive results. Nominees must be at least 40 years old.

The nominees include Barry Greenstein, Annie Duke, Jennifer Harman, Marcel Luske, Scotty Nguyen, John Juanda, Linda Johnson, Huck Seed, Tom McEvoy, and Jack McClelland.

Greenstein, who is known as the “Robin Hood of Poker” for donating all his poker tournament winnings to charity (he supports himself on his cash game winnings), has won more than $7.5 million in tourney winnings. He has three WSOP bracelets and two WPT championship titles.

Duke is up for her high profile as a multi-million dollar career winner over the past decade, which has garnered her a WSOP bracelet and the 2004 WSOP Tournament of Champions title. She also won the National Heads-Up Poker Championship in 2010 (a $500K win) and has been a poker proponent and spokesperson, as well as a successful player. She was also runner up on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice 2009.

Harman is known for her high-stakes play and some believe is the best cash game female player of all time. She has two WSOP bracelets and $2.6 million in career tournament winnings.

Luske, also known as “The Flying Dutchman,” has about $4 million in career winnings, but is best known for his table antics. He finished 10th in the 2004 WSOP Main Event.

Nguyen is the winner of the 1998 WSOP Main Event, a 2006 WPT title, and the $50K WSOP HORSE event in the 2008 WSOP. He has more than $11.4 million in career earnings for tournaments.

Juanda has five WSOP bracelets and is the 6th place all-time money winner with around $12 million in career tournament earnings, not counting his cash earnings. He is one of the most accomplished tournament poker players in the world.

Johnson has one WSOP bracelet from 1997, and while she hasn’t won much of anything else since, she has been a major contributor to the game of poker over the past couple decades. She was the former publisher of CardPlayer magazine and co-founder the Tournament Directors Association. She is a poker writer and organizer for CardPlayer Cruises. She also co-founded the charitable organization in 2009. She was named the “First Lady of Poker” by Mike Sexton.

Seed was the 1996 WSOP main Event winner and the 2009 National Heads-Up Championship winner, as well as the 2010 WSOP Tournament of Champions winners. He is well known for his part in amusing prop bets.

McEvoy, winner of the 1983 WSOP Main Event, was the first Main Event winner to win his seat through a satellite. In all, he’s won four WSOP bracelets, but is best known as a poker author.

McClelland is the Tournament Director for both the WSOP and the WPT.

A 17-member media panel plus the 18 living Poker Hall of Famers will choose the Poker Hall of Fame Class of 2011. The winner(s), if any, will be announced later this month and will be formally presented with the honor during the November Nine.


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