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Todd Brunson & Carlos Mortensen Chosen For Poker Hall Of Fame!

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Posted on 14 October 2016 by "T".

On Thursday, it was announced that Todd Brunson and Carlos Mortensen become the 51st and 52nd individuals to be inducted into Poker's most exclusive club! The two poker pros were nominated by the public and voted in by a 44-person panel made up of existing Poker Hall of Famers and a Blue Ribbon Media Panel.

"It's a true honor to be inducted by my peers into this prestigious institution," said Brunson.  "I literally grew up attending these ceremonies and have always respected and admired its members.  To join their ranks is the honor of a lifetime.

"I have been playing poker professionally for more than 20 years," commented Mortensen.  "This game has given me so many things that I have come to cherish.  I've always wanted to be included among the great players who make up the Poker Hall of Fame.  To be included with the legends makes me very happy.  I want to thank my friends, the poker fans, and all the people who vote for me.  I take this honor very seriously."

The official induction of Brunson and Mortensen will take place on Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00 pm at Binion's Gambling Hall - where the very first World Series of Poker was played in 1970. The Poker Hall of Fame was established in 1979 and there are 27 living members.

The main criteria for the Poker Hall of Fame 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.

The entire list of 52 Poker Hall of Fame members includes (alphabetical):
◦ Tom Abdo ‘82
◦ Crandell Addington ‘05
◦ Bobby Baldwin ‘03
◦ Billy Baxter ‘06
◦ Lyle Berman ‘02
◦ Joe Bernstein ‘83
◦ Benny Binion ‘90
◦ Jack Binion ‘05
◦ Bill Boyd ‘81
◦ Doyle Brunson ‘88
◦ Todd Brunon ‘16
◦ Johnny Chan ‘02
◦ T.J. Cloutier ‘06
◦ Nick Dandolos ‘79
◦ Eric Drache ‘12
◦ Barbara Enright ‘07
◦ Fred "Sarge" Ferris ‘89
◦ Henry Green ‘86
◦ T "Blondie" Forbes ‘80
◦ Barry Greenstein ‘11
◦ Jennifer Harman ‘15
◦ Dan Harrington ‘10
◦ Murph Harrold ‘84
◦ Phil Hellmuth ‘07
◦ James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok ‘79
◦ Red Hodges ‘85
◦ Edmond Hoyle ‘79
◦ Linda Johnson ‘11
◦ Berry Johnston ‘04
◦ John Juanda ‘15
◦ Jack Keller ‘93
◦ Jack McClelland ‘14
◦ Felton McCorquodale ‘79
◦ Tom McEvoy ‘13
◦ Roger Moore ‘97
◦ Carlos Mortensen ‘16
◦ Johnny Moss ‘79
◦ Daniel Negreanu ‘14
◦ Scotty Nguyen ‘13
◦ Henry Orenstein ‘08
◦ Walter Clyde "Puggy" Pearson ‘87
◦ Julius Oral Popwell ‘96
◦ Thomas Austin "Amarillo Slim" Preston ‘92
◦ David "Chip" Reese ‘91
◦ Brian "Sailor" Roberts ‘12
◦ Erik Seidel ‘10
◦ Mike Sexton ‘09    
◦ Jack "Treetop" Straus ‘88
◦ Duane "Dewey" Tomko ‘08
◦ Stu "The Kid" Ungar ‘01
◦ Red Winn ‘79
◦ Sid Wyman ‘79


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9 comments on "Todd Brunson & Carlos Mortensen Chosen For Poker Hall Of Fame!"

 Tony_MON7ANA14/10/2016 15:24:20 GMT
Both Todd Brunson and Carlos Mortensen definitely deserve to be inducted into the Poker Hall Of Fame. They have been playing consistently well throughout their professional careers. They also have made a significant contribution to the poker world. Congratulations!
 doubletop77714/10/2016 15:59:48 GMT
Many congratulations to these two great players. Carlos Mortensen was always one of my favourite players to watch a few years ago and he really does deserve a place in the Hall Of Fame
 DaCapo7114/10/2016 17:01:50 GMT
I don´t now a lot about this players, but i´m not sure is that ok or not. Off course both players are verry good, but the Hall of fame was only for the top poker Players ever in my opinion. I saw some games with Mortensen in poker tv Shows in the past and i must say, he plays really good.
 pochui14/10/2016 20:46:13 GMT
well good for them i guess, not that it makes any difference to their bankrolls or anything... but hey you can always say to some random dude who beats you holding 26o- yeah you beat me here, but are you included in the poker hall of fame? then stand up ans exit gracefully into the night
 Calmplay15/10/2016 08:25:00 GMT
I can agree about Mortensen to be included in the hall of fame but Todd have not done enough yet to be in it and I might wrong though... I like both but I think the new generation of poker players is not an advantage for them to produce results they did in the past...
 pajalnick15/10/2016 13:10:57 GMT
Brunson for me is a man who is always with the card 2, and 10 plays as if he had something good in my hand .... I sometimes also play with this hand))) and just remember him and his game ... but in general it seems to me it is more than worthy of a player, and many should learn from him
 bowie198415/10/2016 17:30:41 GMT
Very few woman on the list with the name of the fellow HOF members. Not saying poker is a sexist sport but seeing now every other poker outlet have at least one woman pro as an 'ambassador' there is really no reason to not nominate more of them. Its really just a big boys club from the outside by the look of it.
 Mober15/10/2016 19:10:45 GMT
I have heard of the first one only.
Making that hall of fame doesnt mean much for me actually.
Winning as much money as you can, in your career as a poker player is the most important thing.
The rest are "attention injections" Smile

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