This year's 10 finalists for the Poker Hall Of Fame were unveiled the other day. Six of ten nominees were players who were nominated to the 2012 Poker Hall Of Fame: Chris Bjorin, Thor Hansen, Jennifer Harman, Scotty Nguyen, David Chiu and Tom McEvoy. The other four nominees were Mike Matusow, Humberto Brenes, Carlos Mortensen and Huck Seed, who had made the top finalists list in 2011.
Later this month 19 living Hall of Fame members and an 18-person media panel will begin voting for their favourite players among the 10 finalists. As always, only two players will be inducted and the criteria the 37 individuals will consider in their vote are as follows:
• 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.