With the 2022 WSOP currently ongoing, the WSOP has announced on Wednesday, June 22, the top finalists eligible for the 2022 Poker Hall of Fame. Just one or two will be inducted.
The list of 10 poker players was created after a two-week process of public nomination and a vetting of these nominations by the Poker Hall of Fame Governing Council. The decision now falls in the hands of 32 living members who will allocate a ballot of ten total points to determine who gets inducted.
The finalists are as follows:
- Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier
- Brian Rast*
- Isai Scheinberg
- Josh Arieh*
- Kathy Liebert*
- Layne Flack
- Lon McEachern & Norman Chad
- Matt Savage
- Michael Mizrachi
- Mike Matusow
There are three new finalists in the 2022 lineup, including four-time WSOP bracelet winner Josh Arieh, and Las Vegas residents Brian Rast and Kathy Liebert.
The age requirement for being eligible for the Poker Hall of Fame is 40 years and above. Aside from that, other criteria state that the player must have competed "against acknowledged top competition" and "for high stakes," while playing "consistently well" and "gaining the respect of peers." Also, the player must have "stood the test of time." For those in the industry but are not or were not professional poker players, they must have "contributed to the overall growth and success of the game of poker, with indelible positive and lasting results." As of now, there are 60 people who have met those requirements.
The 2022 Poker Hall of Fame class shall be inducted as part of the World Series of Poker Main Event final table celebration in Bally's & Paris Las Vegas on Sunday, July 10.
All living Poker Hall of Fame members are invited to freeroll into the $1,979 No-Limit Hold'em tournament, with the buy-in priced in honor of the Hall of Fame's founding year. This event will be open to all players. Each participating Hall of Famer will have a bounty corresponding to the year they were inducted into poker's most exclusive club. The 2022 inductee will be announced during the event.