2015 Poker Hall of Fame Finalists Announced
We’re right in the middle of the lull between the end of the World Series of Poker festivities in Las Vegas and the start of the November Nine, but the WSOP always finds a way to get into the news. This week, the WSOP announced the ten finalists for the 2015 Poker Hall of Fame class.
The finalists were chosen via a public nomination process, conducted on the WSOP/Poker Hall of Fame website. Once the nomination period closed, the top vote getters (presumably) were vetted by the Poker Hall of Fame Governing Council. The Council then released the top ten nominees, as listed below:
- Chris Bjorin
- David Chiu
- Bruno Fitoussi
- Jennifer Harman
- John Juanda
- Carlos Mortensen
- Max Pescatori
- Terry Rogers
- Matt Savage
- David “Devilfish” Ulliott
While everyone on the list is certainly deserving of recognition in the poker world, it is fairly apparent that these weren’t the top ten nominees and that the PHOF Governing Council shaped the list. After all, do we really think the general public nominated Terry Rogers, the founder of the Irish Open, enough times for him to make the top ten? No possible way.
It’s not necessarily a bad thing if the Council changes the top ten. If, say, someone stuffed the ballot box and got Donald Trump the fifth-most nominations, then I would certainly expect the Council to bump him off the list. And again, all ten people above have done great things in poker and deserve at least some sort of recognition.
Chris Bjorin, Bruno Fitoussi, and Jennifer Harman were all in this same spot last year, though fell short in the final voting process when Daniel Negreanu and Jack McClelland were elected to the Hall of Fame. David Chiu, John Juanda, and Carlos Mortensen have also been finalists in the past, though not last year. Max Pescatori, Terry Rogers, Matt Savage, and David Ulliott are all first-time finalists.
As for who will be inducted into the Hall, that will be up to a select number of voters. There are 39 eligible voters this year: the 23 living Poker Hall of Fame members and a 16-member panel of media representatives. The WSOP does not publish the exact voting process, but how it works is that each voter is given 10 points to distribute amongst one to three nominees in whatever way he or she sees fit. The votes are tabulated and the top two points-earners gain induction into the Hall of Fame.
This year’s honorees will be inducted during a dinner ceremony at Binion’s in November, held in conjunction with the final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event.
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