The most straightforward way for poker players to achieve worldwide recognition is by winning major tournaments or huge amounts at televised cash game tables. While these upswings will bring players in the spotlight for variable periods of time, the most durable way of being acknowledged as a star is by securing a place in the Poker Hall of Fame. This year, ten new players were nominated for the award and just two of them will be admitted among the most important poker players ever, on October 11.
Three new players were nominated for the Poker Hall of Fame in 2013, Humberto Brenes, Carlos Mortensen and Mike Matusow, with all of them having a good chance of induction. Matusow and Brenes know how to make their presence noticed at poker tables as both of them are regarded as vocal players, but young Carlos Mortensen has some impressive tournament achievements under his belt.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, we have players who were nominated last year as well, Chris Bjorin, Thor Hansen, Jen Harman, Scotty Nguyen and Tom McEvoy, all also hoping to make it into the Hall of Fame this year. The two players from northern Europe have an impressive track record and a career that spans over decades, which gives them a good reason to be confident ahead of the final vote. Tom McEvoy and Jen Harman can brag about some remarkable performances at the World Series of Poker and just as inspiring appearances at high-stakes cash games.Scotty Nguyen is among the favourites to be inducted in the Poker Hall of Fame this year as he has all the prerequisites and is also well liked by the poker community. He gained the respect of his peers, stood the test of time and played high-stakes poker, squaring off with the best poker players of our days and some that passed away. David Chiu is another poker professional of Asian heritage that proved his worth on many occasions and has plenty of reasons to be optimistic ahead of the October 11 vote.
The Poker Hall of Fame was established 34 years ago and a total of 44 players were admitted over the course of time. It is the ultimate recognition for poker players and an intangible award that confirms one’s worth in the poker ecosystem. The two players who get admitted in the Poker Hall of Fame will be present at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for the ceremony on November 3 when the WSOP Main Even final table resumes.