The list is finally out! The 2016 WSOP Hall of Fame nominees are here. This year's list features three new names -- Todd Brunson, Eli Elezra and Chris Moneymaker -- along with seven returning finalists including six from last year… Chris Bjorin, Bruno Fitoussi, Carlos Mortensen, Max Pescatori, Matt Savage and Devilfish. Last year, Humberto Brenes was not on the list, but he was a finalist the year before. Tournament director Matt Savage is the only non-pro on the list. This year's list is also Euro-centric. After numerous complaints over the years about the lack of European pros up for consideration, there are five Euros including Devilfish, Max Pescatori, Chris Bjorin, Carlos Mortensen, and of course the Godfather of French Poker Bruno Fitoussi. Also on the list is the Godfather of Latin America Poker Humberto Brenes.
Which of these will get the nod this year, if any? Only living HOF members and a selected batch of poker insiders will determine the fate. At some point, each of these names should be considered HOF material, but I dunno if more than a couple should get the nod right now. I suspect Devilfish will get voted in this year posthumously.
For full bios of all the ten nominees, head over to read the press release by the WSOP's Seth Palansky.
2016 WSOP Poker Hall of Fame Nominees
DAVID 'DEVILFISH' ULLIOTT
What is the Poker Hall of Fame?
Here's the answer that I cut and paste from the WSOP.com website… The Poker Hall of Fame, established in 1979, was acquired by Harrah's Entertainment along with the World Series of Poker in 2004. Though the Hall of Fame is virtual in nature, its membership includes poker's most influential players and other important contributors to the game. There are 25 living members, and 50 members have been bestowed the honor of Poker Hall of Famer. The Poker Hall of Fame traditionally elects one or two members annually. The enshrinement ceremony is now held in concert with the final table of the Main Event of the WSOP, held each fall in Las Vegas.
Poker Hall of Fame Criteria
- 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