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2016 Poker Hall Of Fame: Here Are The 10 Finalists

Tags: 2016 Poker Hall Of Fame, David Ulliot, Eli Elezra and Chris Moneymaker, Todd Brunson.
Posted on 12 September 2016 by "T".

Following a vetting of nominations by the PHOF Governing Council and a public nomination process, the 10 finalists for the 2016 Poker Hall Of Fame were announced last Friday. The finalists are: Chris Bjorin, Humberto Brenes, Todd Brunson, Eli Elezra, Bruno Fitoussi, Chris Moneymaker, Carlos Mortensen, Max Pescatori, Matt Savage and last but not least David 'Devilfish' Ulliott, who passed away in April last year after losing a short battle with cancer.

Three new candidates (Todd Brunson, Eli Elezra and Chris Moneymaker) along with seven previous finalists have made it this far. Now it's up to the 25 living Hall of Fame members and a 20-person media panel to decide who will be inducted (max 2 players).

The criteria they 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.

The induction ceremony and dinner are set for Wednesday, October 26 in the famed Longhorn Room at Binion's in downtown Las Vegas. Inductee(s) will also be announced on stage during November Nine festivities in the Penn & Teller Theatre at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.



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9 comments on "2016 Poker Hall Of Fame: Here Are The 10 Finalists"

 doubletop77713/09/2016 09:38:52 GMT
There are some truly great Poker players on this list and, whoever is inducted, they would have deserved it. I thought that Eli Elezra would have already been in the Hall Of Fame and he would get my vote
 REE0713/09/2016 14:15:29 GMT
ELI! I support you you're 100% right
 pajalnick13/09/2016 16:55:09 GMT
All these people are very decent players and of course they have earned this right to the Hall of Fame !!!! but also new players deserve this too much ... I do not understand who is stronger at times when watching poker on TV
 Mober13/09/2016 17:07:45 GMT
There are a couple of names in that list that i have never heard of.
But im not watching closely what happening in this area.
This list is up to show whos making good money in poker and thats all folks. Right? Smile
 T3ddyKGB13/09/2016 17:56:37 GMT
i dont know any of this players. just wondering how chris moneymaker made it in the hall of fame ?

oh well. who takes this nominations serious anywayys. i mean.. milosevic, g. w. bush and a few other were also nominated for the nobel prize Big Smile
 Tony_MON7ANA13/09/2016 18:15:43 GMT
It has been 13 years since Chris Moneymaker, an unknown accountant (at that time) from Spring Hill, Tennessee, revolutionized poker for good. There is no doubt that his 2003 Main Event title produced the biggest boom the poker world has ever witnessed.
 T3ddyKGB13/09/2016 18:31:01 GMT
yes, but thats all. hes kind of average player imo, and i doubt its his merit that poker had such a boom back the days..?
 damosk13/09/2016 19:36:35 GMT
Some great names in the list as one would expect, but true greatness comes with time. Will anyone be talking about any of these players in 20 years time? Only time will tell. I suppose it's easier these days to become great due to the explosion of media and peoples unqunechable thirst for information and news.... And trash.
 yout8515/09/2016 03:46:18 GMT
Moneymaker is possibly the most important person in poker history... Do not underestimate his impact. I doubt very much that this site would exist for a start without him. He'll make the hall of fame... But not this year - Devilfish is an absolute cert as far as I'm concerned.

Two nominees have never summed up the old and new face of poker so well.

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