Top Candidates for the Poker Hall of Fame in the Next Five Years

Some of poker's biggest personalities will be eligible in the next five years.

Some of poker’s biggest personalities will be eligible in the next five years.

The World Series of Poker recently announced the candidates for the 2013 Hall of Fame nominees. The HOF only allows for up to two players to be inducted each year. Some of the biggest players that rose to fame during poker’s boom will become eligible in the next few years.  To that end, BLUFF looked ahead to see the most likely candidates to appear on ballots over the next five years.

Phil Ivey

Age: 37

Career Tournament Earnings: $15,896,805

Year Eligible: 2016

Phil Ivey is widely considered the best pure poker player on the planet by players, fans and media alike. The nine-time bracelet winner is as close to a lock for a first ballot induction that there has ever been. The fact is simple, when Ivey sits down at a table everyone takes note. Ivey once stated in a BLUFF interview that he thinks he can 30 WSOP bracelets and no one batted an eyelash.

Daniel Negreanu

Age: 39

Career Tournament Earnings: $16,509,920

Year Eligible: 2014

Daniel Negreanu is one of the most followed poker players in the world and he does everything in his power to keep it that way. Negreanu has been a constant presence in the annual BLUFF Power 20 as long as anyone came remember and is rumored to have richest sponsorship contract in poker. He is one of only a few players than can legitimately claim millions of mainstream fans and shines the brightest when the spotlight is on him.

Chris Moneymaker

Age: 37

Career Tournament Earnings: $3,435,448

Year Eligible: 2017

Chris Moneymaker will be the only nominee that has an entire era named after him. His improbable win in 2003 was a major catalyst in poker’s explosion in popularity. The man had the perfect name, was in the right place at the right time, dressed in black and appealed to “John Q. Public.” He faced long odds while short on experience en route to the WSOP Main Event and introduced the game to millions of viewers across the world on ESPN.

Gus Hansen

Age: 39

Career Tournament Earnings: $7,080,315

Year Eligible: 2014

Gus Hansen has built himself a legendary image during the poker boom as one of the biggest action junkies in the high stakes community. He’s won $7 million in live tournaments, has had million dollar plus swings in a day online and was one of the World Poker Tour’s biggest stars in their early days. What could detract Hansen from the HOF is the lack of a WSOP bracelet but his cash game prowess should remove all doubt in voters’ heads.

J.C. Tran

Age: 36

Career Tournament Earnings: $8,449,822

Year Eligible: 2017

J.C. Tran, a Sacramento native, might be have the longest shot on the list, but he has two WSOP bracelets and could add a Main Event title holding the chip lead heading into the November Nine. He is just shy of $8.5 million in career earnings over the last decade and is one of the best closers in the business – he has an astonishing 52 final tables in 106 cashes.

Allen Cunningham

Age: 36

Career Tournament Earnings: $10,461,489

Year Eligible: 2017

Allen Cunningham is one of 15players in the world that can boast $10 million in career earnings and is the one of the youngest on said list. He has won five WSOP bracelets dating back to 2001 and nearly 70% of his career earnings have come from WSOP events. He was also Jamie Gold’s largest hurdle when Gold won the 2006 WSOP Main Event and Cunningham finished in fourth place in the largest Main Event in history.

Erick Lindgren

Age: 37

Career Tournament Earnings: $8,511,614

Year Eligible: 2016

Erick Lindgren returned to his winning ways in 2013 after his life was flipped upside down. He found huge success in May at the WPT Five Star World Poker Classic at the Bellagio with three final tables in a week – he finished runner-up in the $25,000 Championship Main Event for $650,275  after a win and a third place in two preliminary events. Lindgren also won his second WSOP bracelet in June in the prestigious $5,000 Six Max event.

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join PokerNews.com. After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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