The Poker Hall of Fame is a name most Poker players know and respect. As the name suggests, it is a hall of fame that preserves the legendary professional poker players. It was first founded in Las Vegas by Benny Binion in 1979. To this day it preserves the legacies of poker. Billion is also the person who started the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in 1970. But if you are wondering about the finalists of this year’s finalists for the Poker Hall of Fame, then read this article.
Criteria for Poker Hall of Fame
As there are certain criteria when it comes to any list, the hall of fame is not any different. Here are the criteria that one has to fulfill to be eligible for the Poker Hall of Fame.
1. The player has to have played poker against the top competition.
2. They have to be at least 40 years of age at the time of their nomination.
3. Played high-stakes games.
4. Has shown consistently good performance. And gained the respect of their peers.
5. Played for a long time.
6. For those who do not play professional Poker, they had to have positively impacted the world of Poker in some big way to be nominated for this title.
These are the criteria for eligibility for the finalist list of Hall of Famers.
Ten finalists of the year 2021
1. Antonio Esfandiari (42)
3 times WSOP bracelet winner. Played at the finals table 10 times. He has won 2 World Poker Tour titles out of 8 final tables.
2. Bertrand ”ElkY” Grospellier (40)
2 times WSOP bracelet winner. Played at the finals table 6 times. 1 World Poker Tour title out of 2 final tables. He also won one European Poker Tour title. This means he has a triple crown. He is also a legendary sports player currently playing for Team Liquid.
3. Chris Ferguson (58)
6 times WSOP bracelet winner Ferguson is a legend in the Poker world. His nickname is Jesus.
4. Eli Elezra (60)
4 times WSOP bracelet winner out of 15 final tables. He has also won a World Poker Tour title out of 1 final table.
5. Isai Scheinberg (75)
Founder of an online Poker site called PokerStars.
6. Layne Flack (deceased – 52)
He had won 6 WSOP bracelets and 1 World Poker Tour title. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2021 at the age of 52.
7. Matt Savage
Savage is an American Poker Tournament Director. He is also the Executive tour director of the legendary World Poker Tour. He has officiated more than 400 episodes of televised poker, which is more than anyone else. This list includes the WSOP (2002-2004) and the WPT (2002-2019).
8. Michael Mizrachi (40)
He has won 5 WSOP bracelets out of 13 final tables. He has also won 2 World Poker Tour title la out of 7 finals tables. Even though he is a new addition to the list, his prowess and wins are impressive.
9. Mike Matusow (53)
This four-time WSOP bracelet winner has played in 13 final tables. He has also played in 5 final tables of the Poker World Tour but won no titles. His nickname is ‘The Mouth’ as he has an affinity to trash talk his opponent at the poker table.
10. Ted Forrest (57)
Residing in Las Vegas, Forrest is a strong contender for the title. He has won 6 WSOP bracelets and 1 World Poker Tour title out of 5 final tables.
Traditionally, one Hall of Famer is elected each year. 32 living members cast their votes and the winner gets their name written on the Poker Hall of Fame. WSOP has said that Layne Flack, Bertrand ”ElkY” Grospellier, and Michael Mizrachi are new additions to the 2021 list.
The winner will be announced on 17th November 2021 in an enshrinement ceremony. This event will take place in Las Vegas. People are waiting eagerly to see whose name out of the ten is going to go down in History.
The Poker Hall of Fame is a highly anticipated occurrence in the Poker world. People all around the globe are eager to find out who the winner is this year. We also cannot wait to see the results and know the name of this year’s Hall of Famer.
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