This week, the World Series of Poker announced the ten finalists for the Poker Hall of Fame. This year’s nominees featured a mix of familiar faces and first-time selections. The 19 surviving Poker Hall of Fame members along with 18 members of the poker media will cast their ballots, with up to two individuals joining the 44 already enshrined. This week, By the Numbers takes a look at the list of contenders.
1: Cashes by Mike Matusow in open events outside of North America. His only cash was an 18th place finish at the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event in 2008. Matusow attempts to earn his second European cash in Barcelona as the DeepStacks Poker tour holds their first event outside the US.
2: Members of the Brenes family to win World Poker Tour titles. Eric Brenes won the 2004 WPT Ultimate Bet Classic in Aruba, while Alex Brenes won the 2005 WPT Invitational in Los Angeles. Poker Hall of Fame nominee Humberto Brenes has made three WPT final tables, with his best result a runner-up finish to Daniel Negreanu at the 2004 Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Las Vegas.
3: Seven-figure cashes for Carlos Mortensen, who also owns two jewels in poker’s Triple Crown with his wins at the WSOP Main Event and the World Poker Tour World Championship.
4: Second-place finishes for Chris Bjorin at the World Series of Poker. One of the most prolific cashers in WSOP history, the two-time bracelet winner came up short in 1991, 1994, 2011 and 2012.
5: Years Scotty Nguyen and Tom McEvoy have appeared as Poker Hall of Fame finalists since the poker community was allowed to vote in 2009.
10: Cashes in different countries by Thor Hansen, the most among this year’s group of Poker Hall of Fame finalists.
16: Percentage of chips David Chiu held at the start of heads-up play against Gus Hansen at the 2008 WPT World Championship. Hansen had eliminated the first four players in just 22 hands, but Chiu claimed the final scalp, earning over $3.3 million, by far his largest tournament result.
70.83: Winning percentage for Huck Seed in the NBC Heads-Up Championship, winning 17 of his 24 matches. Seed’s percentage has suffered in recent years, going 1-3 after winning the event in 2010.
$383,340: The largest win in a poker tournament by Jennifer Harman, the only WSOP Circuit Main Event held in the Rio back in 2005. Notable players at that televised final table include Phil Ivey, Jean-Robert Bellande and the winner – Doug Lee.
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