Wednesday January 6, 2021 at 1:40 am

The Poker Hall of Fame will only be inducting one person this year and former WSOP Main Evet world champion Huckleberry Seed earned a nod into the HOF as the lone member of the class of 2020. Seed won the voting round with 76 votes to edge out tournament director Matt Savage, PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg, Eli Elezra, Antonio Esfandiari, Ted Forrest, Mike Matusow, Patrik Antonius, Jesus Ferguson, and broadcasters Lon McEachern and Norman Chad.

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The votes have been tallied and Huck it is. Huckleberry Seed, the player with one of the best names in poker (not named Chris Moneymaker), finally got a nod into the Poker Hall of Fame. In some circles, Huck Seed gained notoriety for his outrageous prop bets. In others, he crushed both cash games and the tournament circuit. Seed is a former WSOP Main Event champion and he secured his title at the 1996 World Series of Poker. Huck banked $1 million for his victory that included a final table that included John Bonetti, Men the Master, and An Tran.

Seed won four WSOP bracelets over his career. His last two occurred in Razz with bracelet victories in 2000 and 2003. Seed won his first bling with a PLO bracelet victory in 1994.

Before the poker boom, Seed had made a name for himself as a prop bettor that was game for almost anything. The crazier the prop bet, the more likely he'd do it. He has a floating in the ocean bet with Hellmuth. He also dared to shoot four rounds of golf under 100 with a reduced golf bag that included only a 5-iron, sand wedge, and putter.

In the past multiple people were inducted into the Hall of Fame with two at a time. The rules changed this year to only one. Hall of Fame members, 30 of whom are still alive, are the sole voters now. In the past former HOFers and members of the media were able to vote.

2020 HOF Ballots included 10 points where voters could award 10 total votes. They could vote one person with 10 full points, or give everyone a single point, or split it anyway they'd want. A total of 300 votes were in play.

Huck Seed secured 25.3% of the total votes, or 76 in all. He's the sole member of the HOF Class of 2020.

Haley Hintze from Kick Ass Poker suggested that the Poker Hall of Fame's reduction to a single entrant was set into motion to prevent Isai from PokerStars from entering the HOF.

The folks running the WSOP are not fond of Isai Scheinberg and never hid that fact. However, it's only a matter of time before he gets his spot into the Hall of Fame. He fell short with 45 votes but finished third overall with 15% of the total votes.

Matt Savage, tournament director extraordinaire, finished with 17% of the total votes or 51 overall. It looks like it will be a close race between Savage and Isai for induction in 2021.

Eli Elezra is the only other player to receive 10% of more of the votes when he finished with 30 total votes.

The broadcasting duo of Norm Chad and Lon McEachern earned 20 votes, or 6.67%.

Jesus Ferguson, 6-time WSOP bracelet winner and 2000 WSOP Main Event champion, earned only three total votes, or a mere 1%.

2020 Poker Hall of Fame Voting Results

  • Huckleberry Seed 76 votes
  • Matt Savage 51 votes
  • Isai Scheinberg 45 votes
  • Eli Elezra 30 votes
  • Antonio Esfandiari 23 votes
  • Lon McEachern/Norman Chad 20 votes
  • Ted Forrest 20 votes
  • Mike Matusow 17 votes
  • Patrik Antonius 15 votes
  • Jesus Ferguson 3 votes
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